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The National Law Review
National Law Review Homepage Featuring Articles Contributed by Lawyers
The cover page of the February 13, 2021 issue of The National Law Review
CategoriesLaw of the United States; Law; Law Journal; Legal periodical; News and Newsmagazine
FrequencyMonthly (1888— )
Daily (2008— )
FormatOnline Newspaper
First issue1888
CompanyNational Law Forum L.L.C.
CountryUnited States
Based inChicago, Illinois

The National Law Review is an American law journal, daily legal news website and legal analysis content-aggregating database.[1] In 2020 and 2021, The National Law Review published over 20,000 legal news articles and experienced an uptick in readership averaging 4.3 million readers in both March and April 2020, due to the demand for news regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.[2]

The site offers hourly legal news updates and analysis of recent court decisions, regulatory changes and legislative actions and includes a combinations of original content and content submitted by various professionals in the legal and business communities. The online version of The National Law Review was started as a research tool by a group of corporate attorneys looking to store and classify useful and reputable legal analysis and news they located on the internet. The National Law Review has grown to one of the most widely read business law websites in the United States.[3]

The on-line version contains primarily attorney-authored articles, podcasts, and videos, and specializes in US business law news and analysis. Though submissions on regulatory changes and state and federal court rulings, slowed somewhat in 2022, from their peak during the height of the COVID crisis and the turbulence of the Trump Administration to an average of 350 new articles per week.[4] The journal specializes in business and commercial issues, such as banking law, financial regulation, tax law, consumer protection and product liability, and intellectual property issues such as copyright, trademark, and patents. Other legal fields discussed by the National Law Review include civil procedure, criminal law, environment law, family law, health law, insurance law, property law, and torts.


Image of the National Law Review Vol. I No. 1 January 1888
The first issue of The National Law Review Vol. I, No. 1, in January 1888

The National Law Review print edition was founded in January 1888 in Philadelphia by publishers and book sellers Kay & Brother, which initially specialized in publishing analysis on Pennsylvania legal developments authored by practicing attorneys.[5] The print edition of The National Law Review was a monthly scholarly law review, which included sections such as Current Legal News, a Book Review section, a Digest of Important Decisions which summarized recent judicial decisions in various states, and a section devoted to Current Legal Thought organized by legal topic.

The National Law Review premiered during an era when legal news and analysis resources authored by practitioners were considered an "almost indispensable auxiliary to the profession" [6] and forty-two new law journals began in United States in the 1870s alone and even more in the 1880s. Academic law reviews continued going strong but few of the local law focused and attorney authored publications survived after West Publishing began to dominate the legal publishing market in the early 1900s by eliminating or consolidating numerous local legal reporters and many of the attorney authored law reviews.[7][8] Articles in law reviews were often considered a persuasive authority in American courts, though this influence is generally thought to be waning in recent years.[9]

21st century[edit]

The online edition of The National Law Review was founded by corporate attorneys and internet professionals in order to provide an easily accessible and reliable resource of litigation and regulatory news articles written by vetted experts analyzing legal news and trends.[10] The on-line edition has been described as more straightforward, practical and informative than a traditional law review, containing information of potential interest to both legal and business professionals,[11] and it often serves as a reference source to other legal periodicals.[12][13]

In addition to serving as a source on emerging American legal issues to mainstream media,[14] The National Law Review provides several services of interest to practicing lawyers and law students.[15][16][17]

Since 2018, the publication has honored approximately 75 noteworthy legal authors each year, which is less than 1% of the journal's contributing authors through the National Law Review's Go To Thought Leadership Awards.[18]


  1. ^ Legal Technology Resource Center. "Free Full-Text Online Law Review /Journal Search". American Bar Association. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  2. ^ Barber, Teresa (12 January 2021). "The National Law Review Names IMS 2020 "Go-To Thought Leader" Award Winner". Law.com. No. 12 January 2021. ALM Media Properties, LLC. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Hennes Receives National Law Review Award". Cleveland Jewish News. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  4. ^ "William Powell Named a National Law Review "Go-To Thought Leader". West Virginia Record. 31 January 2022. Retrieved 7 January 2023.
  5. ^ The National Law Review. WorldCat.org. OCLC 70175466.
  6. ^ Editorial (1872). "Legal Journalism". Albany Law Journal. 6: 201.
  7. ^ Danner, Richard A. (24 June 2015). "More than Decisions:Reviews of American Law Reports in the Pre-West Era". Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series. 27 (2015). Duke University School of Law: 39. SSRN 2622299. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  8. ^ Davies, Ross E. (2012). "How West Law was Made The company, its Products, and its Promotions". Charleston Law Review. 6 (Winter 2012): 237.
  9. ^ Liptak, Adam (19 March 2007). "When Rendering Decisions, Judges Are Finding Law Reviews Irrelevant". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Vaughn, Shamontiel L. (8 March 2015). "Insurance To Publishing, Chicago Lawyer Takes The Leap Of Faith". CBS Chicago www.chicago.cbslocal.com. CBS Chicago Affiliate. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Law student research paper wins national legal writing contest". uiowa.edu (Press release). The University of Iowa New Services. 22 April 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Johnson, Jen. "Co-Management Agreements, Compensation & Compliance". American Bar Association Health Law Section. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  13. ^ "Estate Planning After 2010:Resources, opinions and suggestions available on the Internet". Trusts & Estates. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
  14. ^ "NLRB judge: Employees can bitch about their jobs on Facebook". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  15. ^ "The National Law Review Law School Legal Writing Contest". natlawreview.com. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  16. ^ Kelsey, Russo (February 14, 2017). "Just "Like" The Framers: How Generations Of Courts Have Preserved The Natural Law In Culturally Reflective Approaches To First Amendment Interpretation". natlawreview.com.
  17. ^ Shammas, Michael (April 1, 2016). "Ethical Dilemmas Surveyed Through Attorney-Client Confidentiality: The Lawyer & The Navy Seal". natlawreview.com.
  18. ^ "Vedder Price PC: National Law Review Names Vedder Price Investment Services Group as 2020 Go-To Thought Leader". CookCountyRecord.com. No. 11 January 2021. Cook County Record. 4 January 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021.

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