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*NOTICE: The exclusive submission window for Volume 40 of the Pepperdine Law Review has now closed. All articles already submitted to the Exclusive Fall Article Review are currently under consideration, and the Editorial Board will select the submission that it would like to publish by Monday, October 15th. All authors will be informed of the disposition of their submissions by that day. *

The Pepperdine Law Review primarily seeks articles, comments, and case notes from judges, law professors, judicial clerks, and practicing attorneys.

Publication decisions are normally made within two to four weeks of the date a submission is received. Authors are encouraged to cite sources in accordance with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010). We ask that contributors submit their articles in Microsoft Word if possible. Authors are also asked to provide a brief cover letter, an abstract of their submission, and biographical information.

We strongly prefer electronic submissions through Expresso, although submission via e-mail or U.S. mail to the addresses below is also acceptable. Publication decisions are typically made within one to four weeks from the date a submission is received. Contributors may request an expedited review.

Hundreds of submissions are received each year, therefore hardcopy material submitted for review is not returned to authors.

The Law Review publishes four issues per year. Each issue typically contains two lead articles and two or three articles written by students of Pepperdine University School of Law.

Articles may be submitted via e-mail or U.S. mail to the addresses below.


U.S. Mail:
Pepperdine Law Review
Pepperdine University School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90263

Law Review Office: (310) 506-4764
Fax: (310) 506-7283
Alternate Contact: Candace Warren, Supervisor, Academic Support, at (310) 506-4676

Publication Information for Authors


Editing by the Pepperdine Law Review consists primarily of ensuring that citations comply with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation and that grammar is clear and coherent. Grammatical changes generally adhere to the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage and Style.

Publication Process

STEP 1: Sending Articles Electronically

Authors are asked to save articles in either Microsoft Word or Word Perfect format, although Microsoft Word is preferred. To avoid formatting problems, authors are encouraged to submit articles in the original word processing program used rather than saving to a different program after the article is completed. 

STEP 2: Conversion

Upon receipt of the article, the Production Editor will use publishing software to convert the article to law review format. The conversion process provides the Production Editor with pages formatted similar to how the article will appear in printed form.

STEP 3: Citation Check

Once conversion is complete, each page of the article will be reviewed in detail by two Law Review Staff Members. Staff Members are second year law students. The purpose of the review, referred to as a "citation check," is to ensure that proper Bluebook form is used, proper grammar exists, and adequate support exists for each substantive assertion. The citation check is a lengthy process, involving nearly one hour of review for each page of text. Citation checks for an entire article are generally completed in two to four weeks, depending on the size of the article.

Following the citation check, a Senior Staff Member will review in detail all changes recommended by Staff Members. Senior Staff Members are third year law students. The responsibilities of Senior Staff Members in this regard are to incorporate the revisions proposed by each Staff Member into a consolidated version of the article, and to resolve any conflicts between proposals by different Staff Members. This process of incorporating recommended changes is known as "incorping." Incorping of an entire article is generally completed in two to three weeks, depending on the size of the article.

Following the review by a Senior Staff Member, a Literary and Citation Editor will perform a detailed review of the consolidated revised article. This is a lengthy process, involving approximately forty to sixty hours of review for each article. The process is generally completed in three to five weeks.

NOTE: authors are strongly encouraged to submit a "source file" of rare or difficult-to-locate sources cited in the article. This will help members of the Law Review complete their review in a timely and effective manner.

STEP 4: Proofreading/Author Approval

After the review process is complete, the Editor-In-Chief will proofread the entire article. The article will then be sent to the author for review and approval of all revisions proposed by the Law Review.

Significant or unusual revisions will be brought to the author's attention throughout the review process. However, to promote efficiency, minor revisions will be brought to the author's attention only at the end of the review process.

STEP 5: Galley Proofs and Advance Sheets

Following the author's approval of the revisions, the article will be sent to the printer. "Galley proofs" will be prepared by the printer and will then be sent to the author, Editor-in-Chief, and Managing Editor. The Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and Business and Production Editor will each proofread the galley proofs.

Once the galley proofs are approved, "advance sheet" copies of the article will be printed and forwarded to the author. Each author will receive fifty complimentary bound copies of the article in advance sheet form. Additional copies are available from the printer at a minimal cost.

STEP 6: Publication

The published article will be included in a quarterly soft cover issue of the Pepperdine Law Review. Each issue generally consists of two lead articles and two to three articles written by student members of the Pepperdine Law Review.

The printer will ship the quarterly issue in hardcopy form to all subscribers of the Pepperdine Law Review (i.e. courthouse libraries, public law libraries, law school libraries, etc.). The printer will also forward an electronic copy of the article to Westlaw and LEXIS to ensure on-line availability. A copy of the quarterly issue in hardcopy form will also be provided to the author.

Publication Schedule

The Pepperdine Law Review is dedicated to maintaining a timely and organized publication schedule. We understand that authors generally seek expedient publication of their articles. We strive to balance the need for timeliness with the need for a thorough and effective review to ensure quality output.

There are generally no promised publication dates, as dates are inherently subject to change based on the unique circumstances surrounding each article and issue. However, we attempt to provide authors with an estimate of when the article will likely reach final publication. Please contact the Editor-In-Chief, Managing Editor, or Lead Articles Editors with questions about estimated publication dates.

Copyright Policy

The Pepperdine Law Review seeks to provide authors with the right to republish their work while protecting the rights of the Law Review as the original publisher. Our copyright agreements grant us the right to publish, reproduce, and distribute each article published in our journal. After original publication, authors retain the right to republish their article, provided that authorization is obtained from the Pepperdine Law Review. Authorization is generally granted contingent upon providing the Pepperdine Law Review with credit as the original publisher.

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