MSU College of Law



February 5, 2008



East Lansing, MI – The Michigan State Law Review has moved up in the national rankings of law journals, as reported in Washington & Lee Law School’s annual law journal rankings, the authoritative source for law journal rankings.

This rise in the rankings is a continued trend of the Michigan State Law Review, which has moved up for the fourth year in a row. The journal now ranks 168 among law journals being ranked by this service, rising nearly 300 places since 2003.

“The rise in rankings may be attributed to the hard work of the previous classes and an increase in the quality of submissions to the journal,” says Alison Quinn, editor in chief of the Michigan State Law Review.  “I predict that the journal will continue to rise with the continued dedication of the current class and classes to come.”

Washington & Lee determines a law journal’s rank using a composite of a journal’s impact-factor and total cites count over the past eight years.  Impact-factor is the average number of annual citations per article in each issue. Total cites count is the total number of cites to the journal over the past eight years. The ranking takes into account citations in cases, other journals, and other external sources.

Complete rankings and a description of the methodology are available at

Founded in 1931, the Michigan State Law Review is edited and published entirely by students at Michigan State University College of Law. The Law Review publishes four issues per year and also sponsors symposia focusing on current legal topics. For more information about the Law Review, visit

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law.  The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program.  Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining the small school culture.  The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation.  For more information about the Law College, visit


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