Submissions

In order to be mindful of the challenges posed by COVID-19, and as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, the North Carolina Law Review will open submissions for Volume 100 on February 15 to allow authors time to finalize their submissions. The North Carolina Law Review reviews submissions on a rolling basis and will reserve space in Volume 100 for articles received during our second cycle of submissions beginning in August.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are currently closed. Volume 100 will begin accepting submissions on February 15, 2021 for publication beginning in Fall 2021. The North Carolina Law Review accepts submissions through Scholastica. We strongly prefer electronic submissions through this system, but the North Carolina Law Review will also accept articles submitted via e-mail.  We also continue to review hard-copy submissions sent to the following address:

Executive Articles Editor
The North Carolina Law Review
UNC School of Law
Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, CB #3380
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-3380

Please note that the volume of articles we receive prevents us from responding to every submission.

Publication Guidelines

The North Carolina Law Review welcomes submissions by judges, professors, and practitioners. All submissions should include a cover letter and conform to the 21st edition of the Bluebook. Please note that we only accept student writing from current law students at the University of North Carolina School of Law. We do not accept student pieces from students at other law schools.

In an effort to address the growing length of law review articles, the North Carolina Law Review has adopted a new policy limiting the length of articles we will accept or publish. The Review will give preference to articles under 25,000 words in length—the equivalent of 50 law review pages—including text and footnotes. The Review will not publish articles exceeding 40,000 words—the equivalent of 75 to 80 law review pages—except in extraordinary circumstances.

Expedited Review

In the event you receive an offer from another journal, we will consider expediting review of your article.  Please either submit a request via Scholastica, or email your request to nclrev_submissions@unc.edu. If you choose to send an email, please include your name, phone number, a short title of the piece, the names of other publications from which you have received offers, and the relevant deadline.  Although we will try to meet your deadline, we can offer no guarantees given the volume of requests that we receive.

Regrettably, we are also unable to perform expedited reviews during our May or December examination periods or during the summer.

NCLR Forum Submissions

The North Carolina Law Review Forum, the journal’s online publication, is a space for speedy dissemination of timely articles and op-eds by academics, judges, practitioners, policymakers, and law students, as well as for lively discussion and responses to articles published in North Carolina Law Review. The NCLR Forum is committed to publishing pieces of special import to practitioners in North Carolina. As such, we especially invite submissions considering recent developments in North Carolina law and in the Fourth Circuit.

The NCLR Forum prefers submissions under 6,000 words, including footnotes. Pieces will be published on an expedited schedule. The NCLR Forum accepts submissions through Scholastica.