"Law reviews," or "law journals," are the primary forum for legal scholarship in the academic legal community. They contain articles and essays ("lead articles") by law professors, judges and other legal scholars, and student written "notes" or "comments." Both the lead articles and the student pieces usually contain extensive footnotes citing to primary authority and other secondary sources. While law review articles themselves can be helpful in legal research, it is the presence of these footnotes that make them so valuable to researchers seeking the most relevant and persuasive primary authority.
There are several indexes to law review articles:
You may also access the database Westlaw at WMU, from which you can download, print and e-mail articles in PDF format. You must visit WMU's library to access HeinOnline.
While not as comprehensive as HeinOnline, these resources provide links to free versions of published legal scholarship:
Rule 16 of the Bluebook (19th edition) governs how to cite to a law review article, and it includes the following example:
Charles A. Reich, The New Property, 73 Yale L.J. 733, 737-38 (1964) (discussing the importance of government largess).
The components of a citation to a law review article are, in order: the author's full name; the title of the article (in italics); the journal volume number; the abbreviation of the journal name (in large and small capitals); the page on which the article begins; the span of specific pages cited (if any); the date of publication;and an optional parenthetical describing the content of pages cited. Typeface conventions for law review citations are discussed at Rule 2.1(c). The name of the journal should appear in large and small capitals, and should be abbreviated according to tables T.13 (periodical abbreviations) and T.10 (geographic abbreviations).