North Carolina Law Review

University of North Carolina School of Law

160 Ridge Road

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Submission Guidelines

The Volume 98 Board of Editors is currently accepting submissions for Volume 98, to be published beginning in fall 2020. The North Carolina Law Review accepts submissions through Scholastica.  We strongly prefer electronic submissions through this system, but the North Carolina Law Review will also accept articles submitted via e-mail.  We also continue to review hard-copy submissions sent to the following address:


Executive Articles Editor
The North Carolina Law Review
UNC School of Law
Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, CB #3380
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-3380


Please note that the volume of articles we receive prevents us from responding to every submission.

Publication Guidelines

The North Carolina Law Review welcomes submissions by judges, professors, and practitioners.  All submissions should include a cover letter and conform to the 20th edition of the Bluebook. Please note that we only accept student writing from current law students at the University of North Carolina School of Law.  We do not accept student pieces from students at other law schools.

In an effort to address the growing length of law review articles, the North Carolina Law Review has adopted a new policy limiting the length of articles we will accept or publish.  The Review will give preference to articles under 25,000 words in length—the equivalent of 50 law review pages—including text and footnotes.  The Review will not publish articles exceeding 40,000 words—the equivalent of 75 to 80 law review pages—except in extraordinary circumstances.

Expedited Review

In the event you receive an offer from another journal, we will consider expediting review of your article.  Please either submit a request via Scholastica, or email your request to If you choose to send an email, please include your name, phone number, a short title of the piece, the names of other publications from which you have received offers, and the relevant deadline.  Although we will try to meet your deadline, we can offer no guarantees given the volume of requests that we receive.

Regrettably, we are also unable to perform expedited reviews during our May or December examination periods or during the summer.

Addendum Submissions

We invite judges, professors, researchers, lecturers, practicing attorneys, and UNC students to submit pieces to the North Carolina Law Review Addendum.  Publication decisions will be made on a rolling basis. The Editorial Board strives to reach decisions quickly, and all authors will receive a decision within two months of their submission. Professional articles should be limited to 15-20 manuscript pages in length.  Student pieces should be limited to 12-15 pages.  There is no limitation on subject matter or topic. Submissions on any and all topics of legal scholarship will be considered for publication.

Please submit articles to the Online Content Editor.

North Carolina Issue

Survey of North Carolina and Fourth Circuit Law

The North Carolina Law Review’s annual Survey of North Carolina and Fourth Circuit Law embodies its commitment to support the practicing attorneys, lawmakers, and judges of North Carolina. By devoting an entire issue to North Carolina legal topics each year, the Review provides a unique service to its readers and advances the larger mission of the School of Law as a public institution. Its annual Survey seeks to combine academic scholarship with practical experience in a format that few other legal journals attempt. The Survey is a tradition of which the Board of Editors is very proud. The Survey contains scholarship authored by students, academics, and practitioners on relevant North Carolina topics. The North Carolina Survey issue is published annually as the Review’s sixth issue.


Author Submissions


Submissions for the Volume 98 North Carolina issue (to be published in fall 2020) will open in the late spring or early summer of 2019 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For the North Carolina issue specifically,

we welcome drafts of articles on topics in any subject area directly impacting the North Carolina legal community.


Please email questions to

Suggest a Topic

Because the Review seeks to develop current content that impacts the North Carolina legal community, it welcomes members of the state bar to suggest topics on which the Review’s staff members may write. If you would like to suggest a topic for inclusion in the Review’s Survey, please send an email to with your suggestion. The best topics are those that specifically describe a legal issue and its importance to the North Carolina legal community.

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