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Submitting a Manuscript

UMass Law Review prefers articles under 25,000 words in length. We will not publish articles exceeding 35,000 words except in extraordinary circumstances.

UMass Law Review prefers notes around 12,000 words. We will not publish notes exceeding 15,000 words except in extraordinary circumstances. We accept notes from students at other law schools, but we favor submissions from law schools whose journals accept submissions from other schools.

Authors are invited to submit directly to the law review via

Authors may also submit via Scholastica.

Submissions Should Include

  • A table of contents
  • An abstract
  • A cover letter with the author's name, telephone number, and email address

Review Process

The Editorial Board usually reviews each submission within fourteen days of receipt. Our Submissions Review Committee reads and evaluates all incoming submissions and makes recommendations to the Editorial Board. Based on the Committee's recommendation, the Board will evaluate the submission and decide whether to extend an offer.

Expedited Review

The UMass Law Review can accommodate most requests for expedited review.


The UMass Law Review does not make exploding offers. If the Board decides to extend an offer, authors will be given at least seven days to respond. 

If your article is accepted, the Managing Editor will contact you by phone and/or email with an offer of publication. Once you accept the offer, we ask that you withdraw your article from all other law reviews.

Upon acceptance of our offer, we will send an acceptance package that includes an instruction letter and license agreement.