Selection to Law Review is one of the highest scholarly accomplishments a law student may attain. The University of Pittsburgh has two law reviews: the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and the Journal of Law and Commerce.
The University of Pittsburgh Law Review has received national recognition for the quality of its scholarly articles for more than half a century. It is one of the 40 most-cited law reviews in the country, according to Chicago-Kent Law Review's 1996 Faculty Scholarship Survey. Published quarterly, it contains articles by law faculty, lawyers, and public officials throughout the country. Each issue also contains student comments and notes on recent case developments, legislative initiatives, and other topics of scholarly and practical interest.
In 1981, the law school initiated a second review, the semi-annual Journal of Law and Commerce. The decision to publish a journal in this area of the law reflects the law school's strength in the commercial, business, tax, and corporate law areas. Within two years of its inception, the Journal was accepted for inclusion in the prestigious Index to Legal Periodicals.
Students are selected for membership on the editorial board of either publication on the basis of academic achievement or superior writing and analytical ability. Most law students selected to participate in Law Review or Journal are in the top 10-15 percent of their law school class.
Other scholarly publications of the work by the students at University of Pittsburgh School of Law include the Pittsburgh Tax Review, the Journal of Technology, Law, and Policy, and the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law.