Tulsa Law Review

About This Journal

Tulsa Law Review is the flagship law journal of the University of Tulsa College of Law. Run completely by law students, Tulsa Law Review publishes three issues per year containing innovative and thought-provoking scholarly articles from legal scholars nationwide. Tulsa Law Review also publishes four articles from TU law students each year. Not confined to one field of law or practice area, Tulsa Law Review publishes scholarship from subjects as varied as health law, oil and gas law, and constitutional law. Tulsa Law Review represents the best in legal writing and scholarship from practitioners, legal scholars, and TU law students.

Aims and Scope

Tulsa Law Review aims to put forth the highest quality publications each year. The journal publishes research from across the spectrum of legal scholarship. Scholarly articles published by Tulsa Law Review are thoughtfully and painstakingly edited by teams of second- and third-year law students for technical precision and substantive excellence. The finished product represents hours of editorial work and close collaboration with authors.

Additionally, Tulsa Law Review hopes to shape each year's incoming candidate class into first-rate legal writers, editors, and thinkers. Tulsa Law Review candidates experience a variety of educational seminars hosted by professors and current Tulsa Law Review members regarding Bluebook citation, scholarly writing, and legal research. Every candidate completes a law review Note or Comment on the topic of his or her choice, which is carefully edited by Tulsa Law Review members. Each candidate is assigned a 3L member as a mentor during the writing process. Candidates also complete several subciting assignments each semester, which assist with the journal's workload and strengthen candidates' legal citation skills.

Tulsa Law Review also hosts an annual symposium, which coincides with the journal's symposium issue. Past symposium themes have included the Tulsa Race Massacre, the career of Justice Aharon Bharak (former President of the Israeli Supreme Court), and the work of feminist scholar Catharine MacKinnon. Tulsa Law Review's annual symposium brings together scholars from a distinct field of law and provides a unique learning opportunity for journal members.


Candidacy Process

Upon the successful completion of 1L year, TU law students whose grade point averages meet a certain threshold are eligible for law review membership. Students who are ranked in the top 15% of their class and complete a satisfactory Bluebook quiz are invited to grade onto the Tulsa Law Review. Those students that do not fall within the aforementioned category are invited to participate in the summer "write-on" program by submitting a piece of legal writing in response to a prompt provided by the Tulsa Law Review editorial board. Students whose write-on papers display proficiency in legal writing and analysis are invited to join Tulsa Law Review. Part-time students who have completed 20 hours and 1/2L students with 16 credit hours are also eligible to join Tulsa Law Review.


Candidates become Tulsa Law Review members by demonstrating outstanding writing ability and complying with all candidacy rules. Candidates are required to complete a 'Note' or 'Comment' that is deemed publishable quality by the editorial board. Candidates must also complete all subciting assignments in a satisfactory manner. Additionally, candidates must comply with all Tulsa Law Review rules as provided in the Bylaws and Candidate Handbook.

Seminar Credit

The University of Tulsa College of Law requires all law students to participate in a writing-intensive seminar class prior to graduation. Participation in Tulsa Law Review not only fulfills this graduation requirement, but also provides the opportunity to earn up to five credit hours. In the first semester of candidacy (Fall of 2L year), candidates earn no credit hours. However, during the second semester of candidacy (Spring of 2L year) candidates earn one credit hour. Candidates who achieve membership can earn one hour of credit each semester of 3L year as editors, or two hours of credit each semester of 3L year for editorial board positions.


During the candidacy period, Tulsa Law Review operates under a modified "Three Strikes" policy. After a candidate receives three strikes, a mandatory review will commence and the candidate has the opportunity to appeal one or more strikes. Based on the circumstances and the severity of the strikes, the Executive Board will determine if a candidate should be dismissed.

A candidate may also be automatically removed for "good cause," including plagiarism, violation of Tulsa Law Review policies and procedures as set forth in the candidate handbook, or any violation of the University of Tulsa College of Law policies and procedures.


Tulsa Law Review accepts submissions through Express0 and Scholastica only. The editorial board may be contacted at tlr@utulsa.edu