Submissions to SMU Law Review Forum

The SMU Law Review Forum accepts both unsolicited manuscripts and responses to previously published pieces in any of the SMU Law Review Association's journals. The Association's journals include the SMU Law Review Forum as well as the SMU Law Review, the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, and the SMU Annual Texas Survey

To increase both the efficiency and effectiveness of the review process, the SMU Law Review Forum accepts electronic submissions through Scholastica and email (response pieces by email only). Submissions delivered by mail will not be considered.


SMU Law Review Forum welcomes article submissions from judges, professors, practitioners, and law clerks, but does not accept submissions from current law students. The journal publishes on a rolling basis.


Times 11 or larger font is required for all submissions. Submissions must contain footnote, not endnote, citations that conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation or, when appropriate, The Greenbook: Texas Rules of Style. 

Submissions must be less than 16,000 words (except in extraordinary circumstances). The average accepted paper is 5,000 to 8,000 words, but varies by submission type. Please consider submitting longer works to the SMU Law Review or the Journal of Air Law and Commerce.

What to Include

  1. A resume or curriculum vitae for the author
  2. An abstract on a separate page
  3. A copy of the manuscript

Expedited Review

Due to the short-form nature of the articles published, review of most submissions will occur within one week.


Questions regarding submissions policies should be directed to the Forum Executive Editor at