Fordham Law Review

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Fordham Law Review
Publication details
History1914–1917, 1935–present
Standard abbreviations
BluebookFordham L. Rev.
ISO 4Fordham Law Rev.
OCLC no.1569695

The Fordham Law Review is a student-run law journal associated with the Fordham University School of Law that covers a wide range of legal scholarship.


In 2017, the Fordham Law Review was the seventh-most cited law journal by other journals, and the fifth-most cited by courts.[1] The journal's content consists generally of academic articles, symposia, and student-written notes.


The Fordham Law Review was established in 1914 at the Fordham University School of Law. However, it suspended publication after only three years, following the United States' entry into World War I.[2] The final issue before suspension provided a brief explanatory statement:

Owing to the war, the Review will close this year with this number. Some of the Board of Editors are in military service, with national and state organizations. Others are at the training camps for reserve officers.[3]

The journal did not restart publication until 1935 amidst the Great Depression. Soon thereafter it garnered attention for its publication of Fordham Law School Dean Ignatius M. Wilkinson's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee condemning Franklin D. Roosevelt Judiciary Reorganization Bill of 1937. Wilkinson's testimony, published in the May 1937 edition of the journal, warned Congress that the President's plan "reaches down to and shakes the foundations of our constitutional structure."[4]

In 2011, the journal launched the Fordham Law Review Online.[5] The Fordham Law Review Online provides a forum for responses to articles published in the regular journal and to comment on contemporary legal issues. Articles published in the Fordham Law Review Online are available on the journal's website and on Digital Commons.


The journal is managed by a board of up to 20 student editors. It selects approximately 65 staff members each year to assist with production. Membership on the Fordham Law Review is open to all first-year Fordham law students and transfer students. The journal offers positions to approximately 20 students on the basis of first-year grades and 45 students on the basis of their submissions to a writing competition and personal statements.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Judge Denny Chin

Notable articles[edit]

  • Deborah W. Denno, The Lethal Injection Quandary: How Medicine Has Dismantled the Death Penalty, 76 Fordham L. Rev. 49 (2007).
  • Harold Hongju Koh, A World Drowning in Guns, 71 Fordham L. Rev. 2333 (2003).
  • Constantine N. Katsoris, The Arbitration of a Public Securities Dispute, 53 Fordham L. Rev. 279 (1984).
  • Comment, DES and a Proposed Theory of Enterprise Liability, 46 Fordham L. Rev. 963 (1978).
  • Warren E. Burger, Are Specialized Training and Certification of Advocates Essential to Our System of Justice?, 42 Fordham L. Rev. 227 (1973).
  • John Feerick, The Proposed Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, 34 Fordham L. Rev. 173 (1965).
  • Comment, Tortious Acts as a Basis for Jurisdiction in Products Liability Cases, 33 Fordham L. Rev. 671 (1965).[7]
  • Ignatius N. Wilkinson, The President's Plan Respecting the Supreme Court, 6 Fordham L. Rev. 179 (1937).
  • Michael A. Woronoff & Jonathan A. Rosen, Understanding Anti-Dilution Provisions in Convertible Securities, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 129 (2007).


  1. ^ Law School Rankings Project, Wash. & Lee Sch. L. (last visited June 30, 2018).
  2. ^ Robert M. Hanlon, Jr., A History of Fordham Law School, 49 Fordham L. Rev. xvii, xxii (1980).
  3. ^ Editorial and Recent Decisions, 3 Fordham L. Rev. 121 (1917).
  4. ^ Ignatius N. Wilkinson, The President's Plan Respecting the Supreme Court, 6 Fordham L. Rev. 179, 189 (1937).
  5. ^ From 2011–2017, this publication was entitled Fordham Law Review Res Gestae and was subsequently renamed. Fordham Law Review Online, Fordham L. Rev. (last visited June 30, 2018).
  6. ^ Staff Selection, Fordham L. Rev. (last visited June 30, 2018).
  7. ^ E. J. Dionne Jr., Biden Admits Plagiarism in School But Says It Was Not 'Malevolent' , N.Y. Times, Sept. 18, 1987, at A1.

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