Student Notes

Notes are student-written articles. We only consider Note submissions from current law students of the University of Virginia. The authors of accepted Notes are invited to join the Virginia Law & Business Review. Decisions will be reached at the end of the pool process, or within a reasonable time after receipt if not submitted during a pool. Selected authors will be notified by email.

Topic

Notes may be on any business law topic of a student’s choosing, so long as it is not preempted by an already published piece. We encourage students who are considering writing a Note to discuss potential ideas with a faculty member.

Length

To be considered of publishable quality, Notes must be at least 10,000 words including footnotes. We strongly prefer manuscripts under 20,000 words.

Formatting Requirements

  • 10,000 to 15,000 words (shorter notes are permitted in some circumstances)
  • Notes should use Times New Roman 12 point font (double-spaced preferred) with one-inch margins
  • Footnotes or endnotes acceptable
  • All footnotes should be in conformance with The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation.
  • Provide your name, contact information, title of the article, and word count (including footnotes)
  • Provide a cover page (no identification) (with a title, brief description, table of contents, word count (with footnotes), and three sources significant to your note)
  • Provide two copies of the note, one in PDF format without identifying information and one in Word format without identifying information

Timing

We accept Notes on a rolling basis. However, we cannot guarantee that expedited review requests will be honored during the summer or winter recess.

Procedure

Our review process is blind and all manuscripts must adhere to submission guidelines to ensure a fair review. During each Note Pool, Students should send submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you wish to submit an article for consideration outside of the pool process, please place the Note in the box of the Senior Review Editor; however, you must still otherwise adhere to the submission guidelines. Confirmations will be sent by email.

Each submission should be placed inside a manila envelope, with a cover sheet attached to its exterior that includes the following information: name, preferred contact information, word count (including footnotes), and the title of the article. Identifying information should not otherwise appear on the submission. An abstract of 250 words or less is also strongly suggested. While a resume is not required, prior publication history will be considered where available. Expedited review may be available should an author receive an offer to publish from another journal. Authors so interested must contact the Editor-in-Chief, providing at least one week’s notice of the intended date for a response or within one week of receiving the competing offer, whichever is earlier.

Please note that an invitation to contribute an article to our Note Pool should not be construed as an acceptance.

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Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.

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