How to Use

The W&L Law Journals Rankings use Boolean searches in Westlaw to determine the number of citing documents – cases from all U.S. jurisdictions and law review/journal articles – for each journal. For 2018 onward, the site provides numerical rankings for the top 400 U.S.-published law journals and the top 100 law journals published outside the United States. Journals ranked below these thresholds display “NR” (Not Ranked) for each data category and are listed alphabetically. The survey span for the 2018 and later rankings is five years. Previous annual Rankings releases ranked and displayed data for all journals in the list, regardless of their ranking, and the survey span was eight years. For more information about our ranking methodology, please see the Methodology link above.

By default, the site homepage displays the top ten journals ranked by their most recent Combined Score in Box 3. Selecting criteria in Box 1 and 2 and clicking Submit will provide additional information and options for viewing and ranking the journals. Clicking on the column headers for each numeric rank list will re-sort to rank by that criterion. Clicking on the "Journal" header above the journal titles column will re-sort the list alphabetically.

Subject
The Subject drop-down menu allows the journal list to be limited to journals that typically or exclusively publish articles in specific subject areas.

Country and Language
The Country drop-down menu allows filtering of journals by country of publication (United States, Non-United States, or another specific country). English or Non-English language may also be selected.

Search Journal Name
Use the Search by Journal Name field to limit listed results to journals whose names contain the entered words. The connector "AND" is imputed between two words. Alternate names for journals, including previous names, are also searched.

Journal Type
General/Flagship denotes a journal that is recognized as the main journal of an institution (often a law school) and publishes articles on a wide variety of topics. In the Subject drop-down menu, a journal may have a "General" classification but also one or more subject classifications if the journal tends to publish in certain subject areas.

General/Flagship, Specialized, Country, and Student-Edited/Peer-Edited/Refereed Selections
By selecting the appropriate checkboxes and menu options, the journal list may be limited to combinations of:

General/Flagship or Specialized

General/Flagship denotes a journal that is recognized as the main journal of an institution (often a law school) and publishes articles on a wide variety of topics. In the Subject drop-down menu, a journal may have a "General" classification but also one or more subject classifications if the journal tends to publish in certain subject areas.

Student-Edited, Peer-Edited, and Refereed

Student-Edited means a student-run journal that does not send articles out for peer review.

Peer-Edited means a journal that is edited by professionals in the field.

Refereed means a journal that routinely sends article submissions out for peer review by members of a diverse professional group. Student-Edited or Peer-Edited journals may also be refereed, in which case the journal will be listed as Refereed.

Information About the Journals
Clicking on a journal’s name in the list will display information about the journal, such as its homepage web address, ISSN (International Standard Serial Number), and any previous names under which the journal was published.

How to Cite the W&L Law Journal Rankings
When citing the W&L Law Journal Rankings in a publication, please use the following recommended citation:
Washington and Lee University Law Library, W&L Law Journal Rankings, http://go.wlu.edu/lawjournals (retrieved date of data retrieval).