Selection to a law review or journal 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, and one peer-reviewed journal, the Pittsburgh Tax Review.
University of Pittsburgh Law Review
The University of Pittsburgh Law Review has received national recognition for the quality of its scholarly articles for more than half a century. 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.
Journal of Law and Commerce
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.
Pittsburgh Tax Review
The Pittsburgh Tax Review has repeatedly been ranked among the top tax journals in the United States. The only journal at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law that is peer-reviewed, the Pittsburgh Tax Review publishes twice yearly and highlights articles by professors and practitioners in the field of taxation, as well as student notes and articles that exhibit exemplary insight into the field of taxation.
Students are selected for membership on the editorial boards of all of these publications on the basis of academic achievement (i.e., falling within the top 10-30% of their law school class) or superior writing and analytical ability as judged through an annual write-on competition. In addition, rising third-year students are selected to participate in the Pittsburgh Tax Review if they receive a grade of A- or above in the Federal Income Tax course during their second year of law school study.
Other scholarly publications of the work by the students at University of Pittsburgh School of Law include the Journal of Technology, Law, and Policy, and the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law.