Wisconsin Law Review Journal

The Wisconsin Law Review is a student-run journal of legal analysis and commentary that is used by professors, judges, practitioners, and others researching contemporary legal topics. The Wisconsin Law Review, which is published six times each year, includes professional and student articles, with content spanning local, state, national, and international topics. In addition to publishing the print journal, the Wisconsin Law Review publishes the Wisconsin Law Review Forward and sponsors an annual symposium at which leading scholars debate a significant issue in contemporary law.

University of Wisconsin Law School students and faculty founded the Wisconsin Law Review in 1920. In 1935, students were designated as its sole editors. Hundreds of copies of the Wisconsin Law Review are distributed to subscribers worldwide. Each issue typically contains two or three professional articles and two or three student articles that address timely and relevant legal topics. The Wisconsin Law Review usually publishes one special issue each year. Recent special issues include our Symposium Issues: Beyond the Sentence: Collateral Consequences of Conviction (Volume 2015, Issue 2), Safety and Sustainability in the Era of Food Systems: Reaching a More Integrated Approach (Volume 2014, Issue 2), and Thirty Years of Comparative Institutional Analysis: A Celebration of Neil Komesar (Volume 2013, Issue 2).

More information regarding the history of the Wisconsin Law Review is available in two articles prepared on our 75th anniversary: John S. Skilton, Turning the Pages, 1995 Wis. L. Rev. 1461, and Michael H. Wussow, A Law Review for Wisconsin, 1995 Wis. L. Rev. 1475.

WLR Forward

Wisconsin Law Review Forward is an online only publication intended to move conversations in legal academia forward by providing a forum for the quick publication of topical and timely pieces that would otherwise be delayed by our production schedule for print issues. Many of our online pieces are short response pieces to larger pieces published in our print edition and all are shorter works commenting on larger topics in legal academia.