The Tulane Law Review is a student-managed and student-edited legal journal. The Review has consistently published authoritative legal works while also training its members in legal writing and editing.
Established in 1916 initially as the Southern Law Quarterly, the Tulane Law Review now stands as one of the principal legal publications in Louisiana and in the country. The Review is the flagship publication of the Tulane University Law School and is among the most frequently cited legal publications nationwide.
The editorial below is taken from the first issue of the Tulane Law Review (then the Southern Law Quarterly).
A publication can be justified only by what it accomplishes, and the plans and hopes of its sponsors are immaterial save as they produce results. Res ipsa loquitur. Nevertheless, in adding our contribution to the literature of a profession already overburdened with printed pages, we feel the desirability of stating the scope of our work.
Our primary object is to be of immediate practical assistance to the bench and bar of this and the neighboring states. In the short notes upon the recent, but not necessarily the latest, cases, the law will be stated succinctly and impartially . . . .
We wish, also, to present some of the striking features of the peculiar legal theory of Louisiana. We believe that this will be of interest not only to those directly concerned, but to all those who believe that the common law has not that perfection ascribed to it by Blackstone. The fusion of two systems of law is always interesting; that which has taken place in Louisiana is doubly so in view of the interest recently developed in the Civil Law through the work of a few devoted American scholars. . . .
Finally, mindful of the main raison d’ etre of the law school, under whose auspices this journal is issued, we shall give attention to the cause of legal education and our efforts to the improvements of its standards.
1 So. L.Q. 45-56 (1916).
Our Symposium issues have received national attention. The Review hosts the Biennial Admiralty Law Institute Symposium, which brings the top admiralty and maritime scholars to Tulane Law School to present papers and discuss recent developments in this important area of law. In May 2010, we published a symposium entitled Federal Preemption of State Tort Law: A Snapshot of the Ongoing Debate, which included articles by professors and practitioners, along with an introduction by the Chair of the ABA’s Take Force on Federal Agency Preemption. The Review has also recently held symposia on the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf South legal landscape.
Membership on the Review is offered to rising second-year students who have outstanding scholastic records or demonstrated ability in legal research and writing. Specifically, membership is offered to students in the top 10% of the class or the top 24 students, whichever amount is fewer. In addition, membership is offered to the top scorers of our annual writing competitions. The Review extends offers in late June, and normally takes between 25 and 30 members per year, who are responsible for editing the articles chosen for publication in that year’s Volume. In addition, the Junior Members write a Case Note and Comment, both of which may be selected for publication. After fulfilling these duties, the students become Senior Members and may be elected to serve on the Senior Editorial Board or work as Articles Editors, Managing Editors, Notes & Comments Editors, Symposium Editors, Associate Editors, or Technology Editors.
We have a distinguished group of alumni, including members of both the bench and bar, one of whom has expressed their thoughts:
“The experience and skills I gained while working on the Tulane Law Review have given me an incredible advantage in my first two years out of law school. As a result of my time with the Review, I began my federal clerkships in the District and Circuit Court of Appeals with a ready ability to research and comprehend diverse areas of the law.” Mary Kathryn Nagle, Law Clerk to the Honorable Fortunato P. Benavides, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mary served as Symposium Editor for Volume 83 of the Tulane Law Review.