SMU Law Journals

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.


Journal students receive up to five hours of academic credit for their service. Students can elect up to three hours of class credit in their first year of participation with remaining hours taken in the second year of participation.

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, Maggie Gianvecchio at mgianvecchio@smu.edu

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, Samuel Calkins at swcalkins@smu.edu

SMU Science and Technology Law Review

For questions related to this journal, please contact the journal's student president, Owen Parmer at oparmer@smu.edu

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.

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.
Journal of Air Law & Commerce

Journal of Air Law and Commerce

The Journal of Air Law and Commerce, a quarterly publication of the School of Law, was founded at Northwestern University in 1930 and moved to SMU in 1961. The oldest scholarly periodical in the English language devoted primarily to the legal and economic problems affecting aviation and space, it has a worldwide circulation with more than 2,300 subscribers in 54 countries. Articles by distinguished lawyers, economists, government officials, and scholars deal with domestic and international problems of the airline industry, private aviation, and space, as well as general legal topics that have a significant impact on the area of aviation. Also included are student commentaries on a variety of topical issues, book reviews, and editorial comments.

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SMU Annual Texas Survey

SMU Annual Texas Survey

Since its establishment in 1967, the SMU Annual Texas Survey serves as a tool to legal practitioners by providing annual developments of Texas Jurisprudence. Each issue contains articles from law professors, attorneys, and judges which provide a thorough, yet concise explanation of the present state of Texas law. Student members of the SMU Law Review Association edit and produce this exclusive publication for Texas legal developments.

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SMU Law Review

SMU Law Review

SMU Law Review publishes four issues a year that reach law students, attorneys, and judges throughout the United States and across the globe. One issue each year is a Symposium issue, which focuses on a timely legal topic of considerable interest. SMU Law Review also sponsors the SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium annually, attracting corporate practitioners from throughout the United States to discuss current developments in corporate law.

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SMU Law Review Forum

SMU Law Review Forum

The SMU Law Review Forum is a brand new online journal edited by the students of the SMU Law Review Association. The Forum was established in 2019 as a counterpart to the SMU Law Review and Journal of Air Law and Commerce. The Forum specializes in short-form, timely articles that are reviewed and published on an accelerated schedule.

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Science & Technology Law Review

SMU Science and Technology Law Review

Published twice a year, the SMU Science & Technology Law Review is a journal produced by the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law’s Science and Technology Law Review Association. Each issue includes articles authored by leading scholars and practitioners that address key legal, economic, and political developments and issues within science and technology, including the legal use and limits of hardware and software, and patent, copyright, and intellectual property law.

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The International Lawyer

The International Lawyer

The International Lawyer is the official triannual publication of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law. The ABA published the inaugural issue of The International Lawyer in 1966, and SMU has been the proud home of this prestigious journal since 1986. Since then, The International Lawyer has grown to become the most widely distributed U.S. international law review in the world, enjoying subscriptions of approximately 11,000 readers in more than 90 countries. In an effort to satisfy its worldwide readership, this publication focuses primarily on practical issues of international law, including trade, licensing, direct investment, finance, taxation, litigation, and dispute resolution.

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The Year in Review

The Year in Review

The Year in Review, as its name suggests, is an annual survey of the law from around the world. On average, thirty to forty Committees of the ABA International Law Section contribute to the publication and capture the germane legal developments, key pieces of legislation, and landmark decisions that help to shape the legal tapestry of their respective countries and areas of interest. Catering to the ABA ILS membership and others, The Year in Review shares in the same readership as The International Lawyer, and is the most widely distributed U.S. international law survey in the world, enjoying subscriptions of approximately 11,000 readers in more than 90 countries. Submissions are made annually by Committee Editors on behalf of their respective ABA International Law Section Committees.

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