July 27, 2020 — The 2020-Meta Ranking of Flagship of U.S. Law Reviews placed the Houston Law Review at the University of Houston Law Center as the second-best in the state in a list published last week.
The Houston Law Review was ranked No. 51 out of 191 law reviews across the country, putting it in the top 27 percent nationally. The survey was prepared by University of Oregon Assistant Professor of Media Law and Policy Bryce Clayton Newell.
"Our members work diligently to make each issue of the Review even better than the last," said Houston Law Review Editor in Chief Reagan Lutter. “It is encouraging to see that our dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in an increased ranking this year, and we will continue pushing ourselves to be better editors and leaders.”
“It is inspiring to see the enthusiasm that our members bring to their work being recognized,” added Managing Editor Austin Turman. “We are proud to continue fostering the outstanding reputation the Review has earned during its decades of publication.”
The Houston Law Review is a scholarly journal published by students at the Law Center. The organization itself is a non-profit corporation run independent of the Law Center administration, with student editors making editorial and organizational decisions.
Articles published include those authored by students as well as professionals and cover a wide range of legal issues. Professionals who have authored articles for Houston Law Review in the past have included professors and practitioners who are recognized experts in their fields.
The Houston Law Review publishes one volume each year comprising of five separate issues, at least one of which is a symposium issue. Recent symposiums have been focused on topics of present day interest in various areas of Intellectual Property law. In addition to publishing the journal, the law review hosts the Frankel Lecture Series, featuring prominent speakers and recognized scholars from across the nation. In a ranking of law reviews based on journal citations, the Houston Law Review has recently ranked among the top fifty law reviews in the nation.
The Houston Law Review was founded in 1963 under guidance of Dean Newell Blakely, and with contribution from twenty lifetime sponsors including Houston firms such as Baker Botts, Norton Rose Fulbright, and Vinson & Elkins. In 1970, Professor G. Sidney Buchanan became the first faculty advisor to the law review. Now in its 58th year of publication, the law review has more than 1,000 alumni members making valuable contributions to the legal community across the profession. These include judges on U.S. District Courts and the Texas Supreme Court, renowned practitioners, and general counsels to Fortune 500 companies. Recent alumni members of Houston Law Review have served as judicial clerks to federal district and circuit judges.
For the current members, Houston Law Review serves as an academic forum for legal scholarship. All members complete a casenote or comment that is deemed publishable. This provides an opportunity for Review members to develop their own writing skills. Further, all members take part in the comprehensive editorial process that every published article goes through. This helps members build on both their research proficiency as well as their editing skills.