Iowa Law Review

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Iowa Law Review
DisciplineLaw review
Edited byJonathan A. Picado[1]
Publication details
Former name(s)
Iowa Law Bulletin
Standard abbreviations
BluebookIowa L. Rev.
ISO 4Iowa Law Rev.
OCLC no.1753893

The Iowa Law Review is a law review published five times annually by the University of Iowa College of Law. It was established in 1915 as the Iowa Law Bulletin.[2] It is ranked 11th among 1550 journals indexed in the W&L ranking.[3] The journal has been student-edited since 1935.


The Iowa Law Review has its origins in the Iowa Law Bulletin.[2] The original Bulletin series was published from 1891 to 1900 by faculty.[4] The Bulletin was reinstated in 1915, edited by both faculty members and students.[4] It changed its name to Iowa Law Review in 1925,[4] indicating that the journal's focus would be on Iowa legal issues, but "occasionally an article of general scope [would] appear."[4] Indeed, it has published on topics of national and international law.[4]


In 1933, the Iowa Law Review became the first law review to publish a symposium[4] (on administrative law), which was entitled "Administrative Law Based upon Legal Writings 1931-1933."[4] Since then, the journal has continued to hold symposia on issues of national importance.[4]

In 1968, the Iowa Law Review began the "Contemporary Studies Project".[4] These projects were large-scale, usually empirically based, and often lasted for more than one year.[4] Some of the projects have received national recognition and/or have affected legislation and judicial reforms in Iowa and around the country.[4] An examples is Facts and Fallacies About Iowa Civil Commitment (Iowa Law Review 55:895, 1970; leading to a revision in 1975 of Iowa's civil commitment laws). Two studies (A Comparison of Iowans' Dispositive Preferences with Selected Provisions of the Iowa and Uniform Probate Codes, Iowa Law Review 63:1041, 1978; The Iowa Small Claims Court: an Empirical Analysis, Iowa Law Review 75:433, 1990) have been widely cited and relied upon in law review articles and by courts throughout the US.[4]


The Iowa Law Review has been widely cited for its legal research, theory, and analysis. Recent notable citations include the Iowa Supreme Court's citation of an Iowa Law Review student note[5] in its April 2009 decision of Varnum v. Brien, which struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.[6] Also, in its January 2010 decision of Citizens United v. FEC, the United States Supreme Court (Justices Scalia and Stevens in separate concurring opinions) cited Randall P. Bezanson, Institutional Speech, 80 Iowa Law Review 735, 775 (1995).[7] Shortly thereafter the United States Supreme Court cited Jenny Roberts, Ignorance Is Effectively Bliss: Collateral Consequences, Silence, and Misinformation in the Guilty-Plea Process, 95 Iowa Law Review 119, 124 n.15 (2009),[8] in its March 2010 decision of Padilla v. Kentucky.


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  2. ^ a b About Us, Iowa Law Review, Archived 2010-07-03 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Washington and Lee University School of Law, Law Journals: Submissions and Rankings,
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Willard Boyd & Randall P. Bezanson, Ninety Years of the Iowa Law Review, 91 Iowa Law Review 1, 2-3 (2005)". Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
  5. ^ "Steven P. Wieland, Gambling, Greyhounds, and Gay Marriage: How the Iowa Supreme Court Can Use the Rational-Basis Test to Address Varnum v. Brien, 94 Iowa Law Review 413" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  6. ^ Varnum v. Brien, 763 N.W.2d 862 (Iowa 2009)
  7. ^ "Citizens United v. FEC, No. 08–205 (U.S. Jan. 21, 2010)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  8. ^ Padilla v. Kentucky, No. 08–651 (U.S. Mar. 31, 2010)