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The Stanford Law Review (SLR) is a legal journal produced independently by Stanford Law School students. The journal was established in 1948 with future U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher as its first president. The review produces six issues yearly between January and June and regularly publishes short-form content on the Stanford Law Review Online.[1]

Stanford Law Review  
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency6 issues, January to June
Standard abbreviations
Stan. L. Rev.
Stanf. Law Rev.
ISSN0038-9765 (print)
1939-8581 (web)
OCLC no.42821730


The Stanford Law Review selects members based on a competitive exercise that tests candidates on their editing skills and legal writing ability. There is not a firm number of accepted candidates each year; recent classes of new editors have ranged from about 40 to 45. The candidate exercise is distributed to candidates late in their first year at the law school. Transfer students are also eligible for admission through the same process.

Notable alumniEdit

The review's editorial board has a president, who is effectively the editor-in-chief of the publication. The current president is Jane Kessner.[2] Notable past presidents include Warren Christopher (1949),[3] Brooksley Born (1964), Raymond C. Fisher (1966), David F. Levi (1980), Paul G. Cassell (1984), and Tony West (1990).[citation needed] Other notable alumni are William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, Shirley Hufstedler,[4] Joshua Bolten, Carlos Watson, and Peter Thiel.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Stanford Law Review Online". Stanford Law School. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Contact". Stanford Law Review. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Stanford mourns the loss of diplomat Warren Christopher, alumnus of Stanford Law School and former chair of the Board of Trustees". Stanford Report. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  4. ^ Sobel, Robert (1990). Biographical Directory of the United States Executive Branch, 1774-1989. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-313-26593-8.

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