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February 19, 2013

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959; kent.love@law.msu.edu

MSU Law Flagship Journal Nationally Ranked Among Top Law Journals

The Michigan State Law Review ranked among the top 50 of all legal journals for the first time since its inception in 1931.

The national rankings published by Washington and Lee University School of Law are based on the number of times each journal has been cited over the preceding eight years as a measure of their impact on legal scholarship.

In the category of flagship journals, the Michigan State Law Review advanced six spots to 42 out of 237 in 2012. It also climbed 12 spots to 44 out of 675 student-edited journals, and 15 spots to rank 44 out of 1,623 among all legal journals.

“This marks the first year we have ever been in the top 50 of all student-edited journals—flagship and specialized combined,” said MSU Law Professor Daniel D. Barnhizer, the Bradford Stone Faculty Scholar and the Michigan State Law Review faculty advisor. “We are very proud of the more than 70 student editors and staff involved each year in publishing the Law Review in achieving this milestone success.”

The purpose of the Law Journal Rankings Project is to give scholars a resource to locate law journals by subject, country or publication, or ranking, to display journal editorial information, and to facilitate an author's article submission to those journals.

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