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Law 627: Legal Research: Legal Periodicals

Law Reviews / Law Journals

Illinois Law Review volumes

Law Reviews, also called Law Journals (Harvard Law Review; Yale Law Journal; University of Illinois Law Review) are scholarly periodicals edited by law students.

Articles are typically written by tenured and tenure-track law school professors. The articles are often theoretical and often propose reforms.

Notes and Comments are written by law review students. A Note, or Case Note, analyzes a single case, where a Comment addresses a narrow legal topic. Originally Notes and Comments were published anonymously.

Symposium Issues collect articles on a single topic, and may or may not correspond to a conference held at that law school.

Law review articles are often heavily footnoted. Here is an example:

Law Review page showing many footnotes


Law Review / Law Journal articles are written to be complete and up to date at the time of writing, and so have no formal updating.

Look up the citation to your article in a citator (Shepard's, KeyCite, BCITE) to find out if it has been cited by a later publication.

Bar Journals

Bar Journal example - The Alabama Lawyer   Bar Journal Example - Illinois Bar Journal   

Confusingly, bar associations also publish journals. But you should be able to tell the difference as the title will also contain the word BAR or LAWYER.

Bar Journal articles are aimed at practitioners and and cover practical topics.

Here is an example:

Bar Journal Article: Building Your Case with Social Media


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Once you have the citation you need, HeinOnline will provide the full text of the article for PDF download.

Here is the HeinOnline Knowledge Base, with videos and other helpful information.

Test Yourself: Legal Periodicals

Secondary Sources Quiz

Test Yourself on Secondary Sources

Test Yourself on Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources Quiz