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Law Review Among Top 10 Most-Cited Law Journals

FEBRUARY 28, 2012—When Washington and Lee University School of Law released its 2011 law journal rankings recently, the Minnesota Law Review was in slot No. 10. The significance of this high ranking comes into perspective when two points are considered: Other journals on the top 10 list include the law reviews from Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Yale; and a total of 1,621 journals were included in the rankings.

The rankings are determined by the number of journal citations over the preceding eight years (2004-11) to prevent bias favoring longstanding journals. Citations are drawn from documents included in Westlaw's JLR database (e.g., law reviews, other periodicals, CLE courses) and Westlaw's ALLCASES database (e.g., decisions from local, district, state, federal, military courts).

Newsletters, magazines, most bar journals, and journals with largely foreign-language articles are not included in the list. Some journals (mostly new publications) are included in the list to provide contact and submission information but are not yet ranked.

"This success speaks to the accomplishments of current and former students, as well as the broader and exceptional support the University provides to the Law Review and the other journals," says Matthew J.M. Pelikan (’12), editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Law Review's volume 96. "Publishing the Law Review is a rigorous process, and a significant achievement like this shows that the effort has merit."

The law journal rankings began in their current form in 2003, the creation of a now-retired Washington and Lee law librarian to help authors find law journals and their editorial and submission information. Still maintained at Washington and Lee, by its electronic services librarian, the project has grown into a prominent measure of law journal distinction. The rankings can be found at http://lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index2011.aspx.