About JALC


The Journal of Air Law and Commerce (JALC), a quarterly publication of the SMU Dedman School of Law, was founded at Northwestern University in 1930 and moved to SMU in 1961. JALC is the oldest scholarly periodical in the English language devoted primarily to the legal and economic problems affecting aviation and space and has a worldwide circulation with subscribers in 54 countries. Articles by distinguished lawyers, economists, government officials, and scholars deal with domestic and international problems of the airline industry, private aviation, and space, as well as general legal topics that have a significant impact on the area of aviation. Also included are ten student articles providing commentaries on a variety of topical issues, casenotes on recent decisions, book reviews, and editorial comments.

JALC sponsors the annual Air Law Symposium, focusing on selected issues in aviation and space law and publishes selected papers from that symposium in one of its issues.  The Air Law Symposium is one of the largest legal symposia in the world and attracts over 500 aviation lawyers and industry representatives from across the globe.  For more information on the Air Law Symposium, click here.



JALC is a publication of SMU Law Review Association (SMULRA).  SMULRA is a student-run organization at SMU Dedman School of Law comprised of approximately 100 second- and third-year law students.  Membership on SMULRA is highly competitive and is based on a combination of excellent academic achievement and superior performance on an annual Writing Competition.  For more information on the Writing Competition, click here.  

Newly-selected members serve as Staff Editors for their first year of service.  Staff Editors participate by compiling sources, substantively verifying articles, editing text and citations, and authoring two publication-quality academic articles that analyze recent cases, statutes, and developments in the law. In their second year of service, students serve in various leadership roles as members of the Editorial Board.  Editorial Board members are responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the journals, the symposia, and administration of the Association.  The President, Editors in Chief, and Managing Editors serve on the Executive Committee, which is the governing body of the Association.  To see a list of the current Journal Staff, click here.