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Columbia Law Review
Edited byAlexandria (Alexa) Iraheta Sousa[1]
Publication details
Columbia Law Review Association, Inc.[2] (United States)
2.224 (2018)
Standard abbreviations
BluebookColum. L. Rev.
ISO 4Columbia Law Rev.
ISSN0010-1958 (print)
1945-2268 (web)
OCLC no.01564231

The Columbia Law Review is a law review edited and published by students at Columbia Law School. The journal publishes scholarly articles, essays, and student notes.

It was established in 1901 by Joseph E. Corrigan and John M. Woolsey, who served as the review's first editor-in-chief and secretary.[3] The Columbia Law Review is one of four law reviews that publishes the Bluebook.


The Columbia Law Review represents the school's third attempt at a student-run law periodical. In 1885, the Columbia Jurist was founded by a group of six students but ceased publication in 1887.[4] Despite its short run, the Jurist is credited with partially inspiring the creation of the Harvard Law Review, which began publication a short time later.[5]

The second journal, the Columbia Law Times was founded in 1887 and closed down in 1893 due to lack of revenue.[6]

Publication of the current Columbia Law Review began in 1901,[7] making it the fifth oldest surviving law review in the US. Dean William Keener took an active involvement during its founding to help ensure its longevity.[8]

Nakba article[edit]

In June 2024, the journal published an article by Rabea Eghbariah, a Palestinian human rights lawyer, titled "Toward Nakba as a Legal Concept", which criticizes the "brutally sophisticated regime of oppression" of Palestinians "[a]cross Israel, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, and refugee camps" by the Israeli government. The article aims at creating an international legal framework for the Nakba similar to genocide and apartheid.[9][10] The article also refers to the Arabic term "al-Nakba," which "is often used ... to refer to the ruinous establishment of Israel in Palestine."[11]

The same day that the article was published, the Review's board of directors shut down the Review's website and replaced it with a message stating that the site was "under maintenance". Later that day, the Review's student editors published the article on a publicly accessible web site, as a free PDF file.[12] Two days after the website was shut down, the editors voted to go on strike. The next day, the board of directors restored the Review's website, including Eghbariah's article, but added a statement explaining that the website was shut-down due to the "secretive" nature of the editorial process.[13] The editorial board disagreed with that assertion and stated that the editorial process was comparable to that used for all other articles.[14][15]


The Columbia Law Review was the top-cited law journal during the 2018 Supreme Court term.[16]

According to the Journal Citation Reports the Columbia Law Review had a 2009 impact factor of 3.610, ranking it third out of 116 journals in the category "Law".[17] In 2007, the Columbia Law Review ranked second for submissions and citations within the legal academic community, after Harvard Law Review.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of the Columbia Law Review include:

Notable articles[edit]

[according to whom?]

  • Cohen, Felix S. (1935). "Transcendental Nonsense and the Functional Approach". Columbia Law Review. 35 (6): 809–849. doi:10.2307/1116300. JSTOR 1116300.
  • Fuller, Lon L. (1941). "Consideration and Form". Columbia Law Review. 41 (5): 799–824. doi:10.2307/1117840. JSTOR 1117840.
  • Frankfurter, Felix (1947). "Some Reflections on the Reading of Statutes". Columbia Law Review. 47 (4): 527–546. doi:10.2307/1118049. JSTOR 1118049. S2CID 158802030.
  • Hart, Henry M. (1954). "The Relations Between State and Federal Law". Columbia Law Review. 54 (4): 489–542. doi:10.2307/1119546. JSTOR 1119546.
  • Wechsler, Herbert (1954). "The Political Safeguards of Federalism: The Role of the States in the Composition and Selection of the National Government". Columbia Law Review. 54 (4): 543–560. doi:10.2307/1119547. JSTOR 1119547.


  1. ^ "Columbia Law Review Contact/".
  2. ^ "Columbia Law Review on JSTOR". jstor.org. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Columbia Law Review on JSTOR". jstor.org. Retrieved April 24, 2023.
  4. ^ Swygert, Michael; Bruce, Jon (1985). "The Historical Origins, Founding, and Early Development of Student-Edited Law Reviews". Hastings Law Journal. 36 (5): 739. ISSN 0017-8322.
  5. ^ Association (1886– ), Harvard Law School; School, Harvard Law (1918). The Centennial History of the Harvard Law School, 1817–1917. Harvard law school association. p. 139.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Swygert & Bruce 1985, p. 782.
  7. ^ "About the Review". Columbia Law Review.
  8. ^ Swygert & Bruce 1985, p. 783.
  9. ^ Eghbariah, Rabea (May 2024). "Toward Nakba as a Legal Concept" (PDF). Columbia Law Review. 124 (4): 887–992. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2024. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  10. ^ Lennard, Natasha; Thakker, Prem (June 3, 2024). "Columbia Law Review Refused to Take Down Article on Palestine, So Its Board of Directors Nuked the Whole Website". The Intercept. Archived from the original on June 5, 2024. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  11. ^ Eghbariah, Rabea (May 2024). "Toward Nakba as a Legal Concept" (PDF). Columbia Law Review. 124 (4): 887–992. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2024. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  12. ^ Article was posted at https://static.al2.in/toward-nakba-as-a-legal-concept.pdf
  13. ^ Board's statement is at https://columbialawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/STATEMENT-FROM-THE-CLR-BOARD-OF-DIRECTORS.pdf
  14. ^ Sharon Otterman (June 4, 2024). "Columbia Law Review Website Is Taken Offline Over Article Criticizing Israel". The New York Times. Retrieved June 6, 2024.
  15. ^ "Columbia Law Review student editors to strike after directors intervene with article on Nakba" Ayaan Ali June 6, 2024 Columbia Spectator https://www.columbiaspectator.com/news/2024/06/07/columbia-law-review-student-editors-to-strike-after-directors-intervene-with-article-on-nakba/
  16. ^ "Empirical SCOTUS: What the justices cited in OT 2018". SCOTUSblog. July 24, 2019.
  17. ^ "Web of Science". 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  18. ^ "Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking". Archived from the original on May 8, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007.

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