Fordham Law Review

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Fordham Law Review  
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Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Fordham Law Rev.
Discipline Law
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
1914–1917, 1935–present
Frequency Six times a year
ISSN 0015-704X
LCCN 97660501
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.


The Fordham Law Review is the 9th most cited law journal by journals, and the 6th most cited by courts.[1] The journal's content consists generally of academic articles and essays, symposia, and student-written notes and comments. The journal receives about 1,500 submissions per year and selects approximately 15 manuscripts for publication.[citation needed][2]


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.[3] 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.[4]

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."[5]

In 2011, the journal launched Res Gestae, an online companion. Res Gestae provides a forum for responses to articles published in the regular journal and to comment on contemporary legal issues. Articles published in Res Gestae are available on the journal's website and on Digital Commons.


The journal is managed by a board of up to eighteen student editors. It selects approximately fifty-nine 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 twenty-eight students on the basis of first-year grades and thirty-one students on the basis of their submissions to a writing competition.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable articles[edit]

[according to whom?]

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


  1. ^ Stephanie Miller, Washington and Lee University, School of Law Library - Most-Cited Legal Periodicals: U.S. and selected non-U.S., 2014 rankings of law school journals.
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  3. ^ Robert M. Hanlon, Jr., A History of Fordham Law School, Fordham Law Rev. 49:xvii-xxii (1980)
  4. ^ Fordham Law Rev. 3:121 (1917)
  5. ^ Ignatius N. Wilkinson, The President's Plan Respecting the Supreme Court, Fordham Law Rev. 6:179-189 (1937)
  6. ^ Fordham Law Review, Staff Selection
  7. ^ E. J. Dionne Jr., Biden Admits Plagiarism in School But Says It Was Not 'Malevolent', New York Times, Sept. 18, 1987

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