The Yale Law Journal

About the Yale Law Journal


For over a century, the Yale Law Journal has been at the forefront of legal scholarship, sparking conversation and encouraging reflection among scholars and students, as well as practicing lawyers and sitting judges and Justices.

The Journal strives to shape discussion of the most important and relevant legal issues through a rigorous scholarship selection and editing process.


The Journal is led by eight Officers and is guided by a Board of Directors composed of alumni, faculty, and Yale Law School representatives. The Journal selects editors, usually after the spring of their first year of law school, in a process that typically includes assessment of source and citation skills in addition to skills at analyzing legal scholarship. Students may also be offered admission if they write a Note that is accepted for publication in the Journal. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Development Editor James Anglin Flynn.

Editing Process

The Yale Law Journal’s editing process is extremely intensive. YLJ editors suggest global changes to the piece’s structure and substance, line-edit the piece, ensure that every claim in the piece is fully and accurately supported, and conduct a thorough proofread.  


In 1891, seven students at Yale Law School established the Yale Law Journal. At the time, it was only the third student-administered law review in operation, publishing six times a year at an annual subscription price of $2.00.  Today, it is one of the oldest and most widely cited law reviews in the nation. Since the Journal’s founding, more than 120 Boards of Editors have continued the Journal’s original mission of disseminating legal scholarship to the world. The Journal now resides on the fourth-floor wing of the Sterling Law Building

Major Articles

Fred R. Shapiro’s The Most-Cited Articles from The Yale Law Journal (100 YALE L.J. 1449 (1991)), an overview of major articles published by the Yale Law Journal over the years, can be found here. Over the years, the Journal has published groundbreaking scholarship by both established authors and emerging voices in legal academia and practice. 

The Bluebook

In 1926, Erwin Griswold, later Dean of Harvard Law School, compiled A Uniform System of Citation. Eighty years and eighteen editions later, it has become known as The Bluebook, the definitive style guide for legal citation in the United States. The Yale Law Journal is one of the four law reviews responsible for the editing and publication of The Bluebook, with assistance from the Law Library of Congress. The Nineteenth Edition was released in the summer of 2010.

The Journal Online

In 2005, the Journal became the first leading law review to publish an online companionIn 2014, we relaunched our online component as the YLJ Foruma hub for short-form, timely discussion of ideas about the law and legal scholarship, with a sharper focus on brevity, speed, and relevance to current developments. As has been the case throughout the existence of the Journal’s online companion, the YLJ Forum offers authors the opportunity to publish substantive works that are available in LexisNexis and Westlaw as well as on the Journal’s website.  


The Yale Law Journal is published eight times a year (monthly from October through June, with a joint January-February issue) by The Yale Law Journal Company, Inc. The Journal is printed by Joe Christensen, Inc., in Lincoln, Nebraska. Periodicals postage paid at New Haven, Connecticut, and additional mailing offices. Publication number ISSN 0044-0094. Archived PDFs through Volume 110 can be found here; prior volumes can be found on EBSCO, HeinOnline, JSTOR, Lexis, and Westlaw.

Citations in the Journal conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010), copyright by the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law JournalThe Bluebook is available in its entirety online at


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