Journals

Duke University School of Law publishes the full text of its eight journals in free and accessible online format at law.duke.edu/scholarship/journals. We support and encourage open access to legal scholarship. Two of the journals continue to publish print issues in addition to their electronic versions; the others are electronic only.

Law and Contemporary Problems. Since 1933, Duke Law School has published the quarterly Law and Contemporary Problems. The journal is distinctive among professional legal publications in both approach and content. Each issue is devoted to papers on a particular topic of contemporary interest. These topics often reflect an interdisciplinary perspective with contributions by lawyers, economists, social scientists, scholars in other disciplines, and public officials. The journal also publishes student notes related to past symposia. Law and Contemporary Problems is monitored by a faculty editorial board and each issue is assembled under the guidance of a special editor. Approximately forty upper- level law students serve on the editorial staff of this publication. Twenty-two rising second-year students are selected each year on the basis of academic performance during the first year at Duke Law and demonstrated writing ability in an annual writing competition. Up to two rising third-year students are selected each year on the basis of academic performance during the first two years at Duke Law. L&CP also selects up to two transfer students.

Duke Law Journal. Established in 1951 as the Duke Bar Journal, the Duke Law Journal publishes eight issues a year. Edited by students, the journal is among the most prestigious and influential legal publications in the country. Approximately one third of the content of each issue consists of student notes dealing with current legal developments. The rest of the issue is devoted to articles and comments by professors, practitioners, and judges. The journal also hosts an annual administrative law symposium.

Alaska Law Review. Since 1983, Duke Law School has published the Alaska Law Review. Alaska has a range of cutting-edge legal issues in the areas of natural resources law, environmental law, land use planning, economic development, state/federal relations, and Native American rights. It has no law school, but has the highest number of lawyers per capita of any American state. To meet the needs of this diverse legal community, the Alaska Bar Association contracted with Duke Law School to provide a professional law journal. Student editors have primary responsibility for writing, editing, and managing the Alaska Law Review. Each semester, student members of the Law Review travel to Alaska for one-on-one meetings with legislators and legal professionals to garner insight into the state’s unique laws.

Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law. The Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law was established in 1990. The journal, which is published electronically three times per year, publishes articles from international scholars and practitioners, and student notes on international, transnational, and comparative law. The staff includes upper-class JD students and several international students earning the LLM degree at Duke.

Duke Environmental Law and Policy Journal. First published in 1991 as Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Journal has grown into an interdisciplinary environmental law journal. DELPJ is an interdisciplinary semiannual journal with strong connections to Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment that examines environmental issues by drawing on legal, scientific, economic, and public policy resources. The journal publishes legal and policy articles from academics and professionals as well as student notes. To fulfill its commitment to both legal and policy analyses of environmental issues, many of the journal’s staff members are students at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Duke Law and Technology Review. Duke Law and Technology Review is an e-journal committed to publishing short, timely and accessible essays at the intersection of law and technology. Each essay is generally ten to twenty pages in length and combines the readability of a journalistic article with scholarly analysis. Keeping pace with evolving technology, Duke Law and Technology Review focuses on cutting-edge legal issues that arise in areas such as intellectual property, business law, free speech and privacy, telecommunications, criminal law, and bioethics.

Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy. The Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy examines legal issues at the intersection of constitutional litigation and public policy. Published since 2006, the journal serves as a practical resource for lawyers, judges, and legislators who confront cutting-edge constitutional and public policy issues, and as a forum for intellectual discourse surrounding these issues. The journal aims to enhance the community’s understanding of constitutional law and public policy, and to arm practitioners with arguments and proposals for reform.