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About the Law Review

Founded in 1967, the Valparaiso University Law Review is one of the oldest Law Reviews in the Midwest. The Valparaiso Law Review is a scholarly journal that publishes articles, lectures, book reviews, and student notes submitted by law professors, judges, practitioners, and members of the Law Review.

The Law Review is comprised solely of Valparaiso law students and publishes four issues each year. It affords qualified students an invaluable opportunity for training in precise analysis of legal problems and in clear presentation of legal issues. In addition, law review membership can be a great asset when searching for clerking and permanent positions and enhances a student's legal research, writing, and analytic skills.


The Law Review extends invitations to join the Review once a year to up to thirty students. Invitations are extended based on a writing competition which is open to all 1L and 2L students. The competition takes place during and after the spring recess in March. The Editorial Board scores the written pieces and the Executive Editor of Student Writing combines the scores with the student's overall GPA to reach a final score. The top eleven pieces are automatically extended invitations to join the Review without grades being considered. The remaining invitations are extended based on a calculation taking into account the student's score on his or her written piece and overall GPA. Typically, all invitations are extended by the end of July.

Policy on Institutional Repositories

Articles published in the Valparaiso University Law Review may be uploaded to non-commercial, open access institutional repositories provided that: (1) the author grants permission, and (2) a Bluebook citation is provided indicating the article’s original publication in the Valparaiso University Law Review.