Duke Law Journal

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Duke Law Journal
DisciplineLegal studies
Edited byJennalee Beazley
Publication details
Former name(s)
Duke Bar Journal
Duke University School of Law (United States)
2.1 (2014)
Standard abbreviations
BluebookDuke L.J.
ISO 4Duke Law J.
ISSN0012-7086 (print)
1939-9111 (web)
OCLC no.1567016

The Duke Law Journal is a student-run law review published at Duke University School of Law. The journal publishes general-interest articles and student notes in eight issues each year.


In 2007, the Duke Law Journal was ranked as the 8th most cited law review according to the Washington and Lee University School of Law's rankings.[1]


The journal was established in March 1951 as the Duke Bar Journal and obtained its current title in 1957. In 1969, the journal published its inaugural Administrative Law Symposium issue, a tradition that continues today.[2]

Volume 1 of the Duke Bar Journal had two issues and 259 pages. In 1959, the journal grew to four issues and 649 pages, growing again in 1970 to six issues and 1263 pages. More recently, Volume 60 had just over 1900 pages in eight issues.[3]

Staff and selection of membership[edit]

The journal selects approximately 40 second-year law students for membership. This selection occurs through Duke Law's casenote competition. At the end of the first year, students interested in joining the journal submit a 14-page paper analyzing an assigned case, which current journal members grade. Of the group that submitted notes, the Duke Law Journal then selects one third of its members from those who have the highest first-year grade point average, one third whose GPA and note score were highest in combination, and the final third based on the remaining highest note scores.

Students who wish to join the Duke Law Journal after the casenote competition (i.e., in their third year) may do so by writing a note of publishable quality and submitting it through the "note-on" process. The journal has occasionally accepted one or two students per year in this manner.[4]

Administrative Law Symposium[edit]

The Duke Law Journal has hosted a yearly symposium on administrative law for more than 50 years, which is widely considered the nation's premier administrative law event.

Past Editors-in-Chief[edit]

Past Journal Editors-in-Chief
Year Name
2020-2021 (Volume 70) Christian I. Bale
2019-2020 (Volume 69) Farrah Bara
2018-2019 (Volume 68) Samuel R. Howe
2017-2018 (Volume 67) Patrick C. Bradley
2016-2017 (Volume 66) Ace Factor
2015-2016 (Volume 65) Jyoti Jindal
2014-2015 (Volume 64) Bill O’Connell
2013-2014 (Volume 63) Christopher Bryant


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2014-10-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "About us | Duke Law Journal". Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  3. ^ "About us | Duke Law Journal". Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Membership | Duke Law Journal". Retrieved 28 November 2011.

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