Submissions

The Florida State University Law Review welcomes unsolicited manuscripts on topics of interest to the legal profession. The Law Review acknowledges that unsolicited manuscripts may be submitted to other journals. All articles will be evaluated as expeditiously as possible, but please submit an expedite request to the journal if necessary. The Law Review gives great deference to an author's work, but it reserves the right to determine the final form in which articles will be published.

New Submissions
Submissions are strongly preferred through the ExpressO or Scholastica submission services. Manuscripts should conform to the following specifications:

  • File Format:
    • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx file), or
    • Adobe .pdf file, with word count displayed.
  • Attachments:
    • Cover Letter or Abstract, and
    • CV or Resume
  • Document Formatting:
    • 12-point font (or larger), and
    • Footnotes preferred
  • Citation Formatting:
    • Citations should conform to the most recent edition of The Bluebook, with citations to Florida sources conforming to the Florida Style Manual.

Manuscripts may also be submitted directly by email to Jordane Learn, Senior Article Selection Editor, jel08d@my.fsu.edu. Manuscripts may also be submitted by mail, using the following address:

Florida State University Law Review
College of Law
425 W. Jefferson Street, Ausley House
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1601
Attn: Article Submission

Expedited Review Requests
Requests for expedited reviews must be made either through ExpressO, Scholastica, or by email to the Senior Article Selection Editor. These requests should specify a specific date and should be clearly marked for expedited review.

The Law Review prefers initial review deadlines that allow at least seven (7) to ten (10) days to conduct a review. The Law Review will assume that the review window will remain open until 5:00 p.m. EST on the specified date unless otherwise indicated in the expedited review request. Follow-up expedites should not shorten the deadline considerably. Requests that allow less time may be reviewed more briefly or may not be reviewed at all, as workload and circumstances dictate.

The Law Review treats expedite requests as firm deadlines in the order in which they are received. If unable to meet an expedited review deadline, the Law Review will generally cease further consideration of the piece.

Article Review Criteria
No single formula can encapsulate the Law Review’s selection process as a whole. Factors such as author credentials and publication history are strongly de-emphasized in favor of subject matter, style, depth and uniqueness of argument, and quality of research. The initial quality of a submission, particularly attention to detail in footnotes, can have a noticeable subjective effect on the review of an article.

For those looking to save time or money on submissions and target appropriate journals, the Law Review will attempt to keep authors fully informed of our review policies. At present, the following categories of articles will not be accepted:

  • Articles from non-FSU students without a J.D. or LL.M.

Without having an official policy excluding them, the following categories of articles historically have had an extremely low probability of receiving an offer:

  • Articles less than 40 pages double-spaced (although we do accept such submissions as Essays)
  • Book Reviews

Publication Offers
The Law Review does not have a fixed policy regarding offer deadlines. As a general rule, the Law Review will make offers on non-expedited pieces with deadlines of five (5) to seven (7) days. Generally, we will not give offers on expedited-review pieces earlier than the deadline which directed our review, as we recognize that this disrupts the planning processes of other journals.