Submissions to SMU Law Review


Submissions are accepted through both Scholastica and email. Email submissions should be sent to


SMU Law Review welcomes article submissions from judges, professors, practitioners, and law clerks, but does not accept submissions from current law students. The journal publishes four times each year and typically accepts unsolicited submissions for the spring, fall, and winter issues.


Times 11 or larger font is required for all submissions. Additionally, 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.

What to Include

  1. A cover letter containing the author’s contact information and the title of the manuscript
  2. A resume or curriculum vitae for the author
  3. An abstract on a separate page
  4. A copy of the manuscript, which must include a Word version of the document

SMU Law Review has no minimum or maximum page requirements for submissions, though brevity is valued.

Expedited Review

The journal will do its best to accommodate expedite requests during the academic year. Expedite requests can be sent through Scholastica or by email to with “Expedite Request” as the subject. In addition, please provide the title of any other publication currently making a publication offer along with the respective decision deadline. We are not able to perform expedited reviews during the summer.


Questions regarding submissions policies should be directed to