Over 240 second- and third-year law students serve on the journals’ staffs under the guidance of faculty advisors and distinguished community members who serve on their respective Boards of Advisors. These students solicit, edit, and publish more than 150 articles each year, including student-authored pieces. In addition, the journals host several symposia events each year, bringing together legal scholars and practitioners from across the globe.
SMU Law Review Association
The SMU Law Review Association oversees the following journals: SMU Law Review, SMU Law Review Forum, the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, and the SMU Annual Texas Survey. For questions related to any of the SMU Law Review Association journals, please contact the Association student president, Ellie Johnson at email@example.com.
The International Law Review Association
The International Law Review Association oversees The International Lawyer and The Year in Review, both in partnership with the ABA International Law Section. For questions related to either of these journals, please contact the Association student president, Rebecca James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMU Science and Technology Law Review
For questions related to this journal, please contact the journal's student president, Isabela Possino at email@example.com.
The SMU Law Review Association sponsors two symposia
The Corporate Counsel Symposium is planned by student members, together with the SMU Rowling Center for Business Law & Leadership, faculty, and senior legal officers of major corporations. This symposium is held annually every October and brings together general counsel and attorneys from companies nationwide. The one-day symposium joins in-house and outside counsel together with judges and regulatory agencies for a survey of legal developments and best practices. The symposium features panel discussions addressing timely legal issues, such as corporate social responsibility, blockchain transactions, shareholder activism, institutional shareholder interfacing, and executive compensation.
The Association also hosts the SMU Air Law Symposium. This event is the oldest and largest annual aviation law symposium in the world. Each spring, more than 500 aviation lawyers and industry representatives attend annually for continuing education credit, superb networking opportunities, and the exploration of a wide variety of aviation law topics.
The SciTech Annual Symposium
The SciTech Annual Symposium is planned by student members, together with the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation, faculty. This symposium is held annually every February and brings together professors and attorneys from across the globe. The one-day symposium joins in-house and outside counsel together with judges and regulatory agencies for a survey of legal developments and best practices. The symposium features panel discussions addressing timely legal issues in Science & Technology, such as Healthcare and AI, Antitrust concerns in BigTech, and the disruptive effects of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency.
The 2023 Write-On Competition is now closed.
Service on law review provides invaluable editing experience, broadens your understanding of the law, and improves your research and writing skills. Former journal members report that their time on a journal deeply improved their attention to detail and ability to work with long, dense pieces of writing, which is a crucial skill in legal practice. See the competition FAQ page for more information.