SMU Law Journals


SMU Dedman School of Law has three journal associations: SMU Law Review Association (SMULRA), International Law Review Association (ILRA)and the SMU Science and Technology Law Review (STLR).  SMULRA produces four journals: SMU Law ReviewSMU Law Review Forum, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, and the SMU Annual Texas Survey.  ILRA produces two journals: The International Lawyer and Year in Review.  STLR produces two journals: SMU Science & Technology Law Review and STLR Online.

The SMU Law Review, formerly the Southwestern Law Journal, is SMU’s flagship journal.  It is published four times each year and reaches law schools, attorneys, and judges throughout the United States and abroad. Each issue includes articles by prominent legal scholars and practitioners, as well as student editors, dealing with significant questions of local, national, and international law.  SMU Law Review also sponsors the annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, covering current developments in corporate law. This symposium attracts corporate practitioners from throughout the United States.

The Journal of Air Law and Commerce, a quarterly publication, was founded at Northwestern University in 1930 and moved to SMU in 1961. The oldest scholarly periodical in the English language devoted primarily to the legal and economic problems affecting aviation and space, it has a worldwide circulation in some 54 countries. Articles by distinguished lawyers, economists, government officials, and scholars deal with domestic and international problems of the airline industry, private aviation, and outer space, as well as general legal topics that have a significant impact on the area of aviation. The Journal of Air Law and Commerce sponsors an annual symposium on selected problems in aviation law and publishes selected papers from that symposium in one of its issues. More than 500 aviation lawyers and industry representatives annually attend.

The SMU Law Review Forum is the online supplemental journal of the SMU Law Review Association.  Published on a rolling basis, the Forum reaches law schools, attorneys, and judges throughout the United States and abroad. Each piece published in the Forum addresses significant questions of local, national, and international law. In addition, articles by students analyze recent cases, statutes, and developments in the law. All editing is done by student members of SMULRA.

The SMU Annual Texas Survey dates back to 1967 and originally began as a special issue of SMU Law Review.  It was established as an independent journal in 2014.  Published annually, the Survey serves as a tool to legal practitioners in the development of Texas jurisprudence.  Each issue includes articles from law professors, attorneys, and judges concerning a concise presentation of the present state of Texas law in one of eighteen specific practice areas.

The International Lawyer is the official publication of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. The ABA published the inaugural issue of The International Lawyer in 1966, and SMU has been the proud home of this prestigious journal since 1986. Since then, The International Lawyer, published three times annually, has grown to become the most widely distributed U.S. international law review in the world, enjoying subscriptions of approximately 20,000 readers in more than 90 countries. In an effort to satisfy its worldwide readership, this publication focuses primarily on practical issues of international law, including trade, licensing, direct investment, finance, taxation, litigation, and dispute resolution.

The Year in Review, previously included as an issue of The International Lawyer, is now its own annual publication of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. The Year in Review, as its name suggests, is an annual survey of law from around the world.  On average, thirty to forty committees of the ABA/SIL contribute to the publication and capture the germane legal developments, key pieces of legislation, and landmark decisions that help shape the legal tapestry of their respective countries and areas of interest. Catering to the ABA/SIL membership and others, the YIR shares in the same widespread readership as TIL.

The SMU Science and Technology Law Review, formerly the Computer Law Review and Technology Journal, is SMU’s newest scholarly publication. This journal is published three times each year. The journal focuses on national and international technology-based legal issues, including the legal use and limits of hardware and software, and patent, copyright, and intellectual property law.  SMU STLR also publishes an online supplement journal, STLR Online.