About the Publication

Inaugurated as the St. Louis Law Review in 1915 and retitled the Washington University Law Quarterly in 1936, the Washington University Law Review is a student-run academic journal that publishes six issues per year. Our staff selects and edits articles from legal scholars, practitioners, and students, and we welcome submissions on any legal topic.


St. Louis Law Review, vols. 1-21 (1915-1936)

Washington University Law Quarterly, vols. 22-83 (1936-2005)

Washington University Law Review, vols. 84- (2006-Present)

About the Commentaries

The Washington University Law Review Commentaries series is a special section of the Washington University Law Review featuring original analysis and debate by members of the legal academy, bench, and bar. Commentaries are concise scholarly pieces that are able to cover contemporary issues much more quickly than articles. After a quick but thorough editing process, each Commentary selected for publication will appear on the Commentaries website, followed by print publication in the next issue of the Washington University Law Review. Thus, authors are able to discuss a current issue while receiving a citation from one of the top ranked law reviews in the country.

History of the Commentaries

The Law Review’s online supplement was originally titled the Washington University Law Review Slip Opinions. Posted online between 2007 and 2009, the Slip Opinions were never published in the Washington University Law Review. In 2009 the title was changed to the Washington University Law Review
and the practice of subsequent publication in the Washington University Law Review began with volume 87, number 1. The final title change, to the Washington University Law Review Commentaries occurred in 2010 with volume 87, number 4.

All articles posted as Slip Opinions are in the process of being archived and will soon be accessible online in the Commentaries series.

For questions or to submit a piece of scholarship to the Commentaries, please contact Chief Commentaries Editor Tyler Blake at WUcommentaries@wulaw.wustl.edu.

About Write-On Competition

The Write-On Competition is the only way to obtain membership on one of the school's four academic journals: Washington University's Law Review, Journal of Law & Policy, Global Studies Law Review, and Jurisprudence Review. The competition takes place over the course of a week at the end of the Spring semester. Your submissions may be mailed to the Write-On Committee if you will be out of town on the closing day. This process will be discussed further during the informational meeting.


March 22: Mandatory Information Session, 12:00-1:00 in Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

March 28: Journal Open House, 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Publications' offices on the 2nd floor of the library

April 1: Registration opens

April 8: Registration closes at 11:59 p.m.

May 7: Competition begins at 9:00 a.m.

May 13: Competition materials due by 4:00 p.m.


If you have specific concerns, please email writeon@wulaw.wustl.edu