Do Law Review Boards Favor Submissions By Male Law Students?

Posted on February 19th, 2009 by Katherine Franke

Nancy Leong, a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown Law Center, has just cirulated a draft of a paper looking at the sex-based disparity in student notes that are accepted in Law Reviews.   The paper, A Noteworthy Absence, claims that relative to the percentage of women in law school and the percentage of Note submissions from women authors, Law Reviews publish Notes submitted by male authors almost twice as often as those submitted by female authors.

Columbia Law Review, thankfully, is among the more egalitarian law reviews when it comes to accepting notes in a way that does not disproportionately favor male authors.  See Leong’s data below:


What I might also note, from Columbia’s perspective, is that we have a student-run journal on Gender and the Law that surely draws submissions from some of our female students, as might other student run journals such as the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, and the National Black Law Journal.


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