West Virginia Law Review

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West Virginia Law Review  
Former names
The West Virginia Bar, The Bar, West Virginia Law Quarterly and The Bar
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
W. Va. Law Rev.
Discipline Law
Language English
Edited by Benjamin J. Wilson
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Triannually
ISSN 0043-3268
LCCN 12004974
OCLC no. 803925706

The West Virginia Law Review (Bluebook abbreviation: W. Va. L. Rev.) is a triannual student-run law review published by the West Virginia University College of Law. It was established in 1894 and is the fourth oldest law review in the United States.[1] The editor-in-chief is Benjamin J. Wilson.


1894 cover
1894 advertisement rates

The journal underwent several name changes. It was established in 1894 as The West Virginia Bar by William P. Willey.[2][3] The name was changed to The Bar in 1902. It was again changed in 1917 to the West Virginia Law Quarterly and The Bar and remained so until 1950 when it obtained its current title. As Willey was a prominent and active member of the West Virginia Bar Association, the early years of The Bar were closely associated with it. The Bar was at first funded by advertisements and subscriptions, and published monthly issues. Willey served as the editor-in-charge from 1894 until he retired in 1917.[2] He began using the assistance of student editors in 1915.

In 1917, a faculty board took over the administration of the journal but increased the involvement of student editors by forming a Student Board of Editors in 1920. In 1951, Emanuel Magnuson became the first student editor-in-chief.[4] Since then the law review has been run entirely by student editors. From 1979 to 2003 the journal issued an annual "National Coal Issue" devoted to coal law and policy.

In May 2013, the journal introduced its "Inaugural Energy Issue".[5]

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  1. ^ Hicks, Fredrick (1942). Materials and Methods of Legal Research. Rochester N.Y.: The Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company. p. 207. 
  2. ^ a b Ambler, B.M. (1917). "William P. Willey—An Appreciation". West Virginia Law Quarterly and The Bar. 25: 1. 
  3. ^ "William P. Willey's April 1861 Letters". 
  4. ^ "About Us". West Virginia Law Review. 
  5. ^ "Inaugural Energy Issue". West Virginia Law Review. 

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