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About JLPP

Founded in 1991, the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy (JLPP) has quickly risen to become one of the leading public policy journals in the nation.  A fixture among the top 10 policy journals, JLPP has consistently been among the top 100 student-edited law journals.

JLPP publishes articles, student notes, essays, book reviews, and other scholarly works that examine the intersections of compelling public or social policy issues and the law.  As a journal of law and policy, we are a publication that not only analyzes the law but also seeks to impact its development.  Many of our published pieces address emerging issues in contemporary society that are being debated not just in academia, but also in courtrooms, the media, and the broader political arena.  This practical focus has helped make JLPP attractive to a wide audience.

Part of JLPP’s success comes from our commitment to diversity of opinion on a wide variety of topics.  Along with works by well-known legal scholars, we strive to publish thought-provoking pieces written by distinguished policy-makers such as then-Senator Joseph Biden, Congressman Dick Armey, noted defense attorney William Kuntsler, economist Walter Williams, and Attorney General Janet Reno.

The remainder of our success comes from the dedication of our editors.  During the first year on JLPP, Associate Editors are responsible for assisting in the editing of pieces chosen for publication.  We publish three issues a year in print, and are currently in the process of expanding our Internet presence.  Additionally, Associate Editors write an original Note on a legal topic involving law and public policy.  This expansive and dynamic field covers a wide variety of subject matter from which to choose a Note topic, and we are proud of the diversity of our student-authored works.  Upon elevation, Associate Editors are eligible to submit Notes for publication.  JLPP generally publishes six student Notes in print each year.

Participating on a journal is an invaluable and rewarding experience.  While undoubtedly a large responsibility, it is also very gratifying.  As a member of a journal, each student will be introduced to, and learn about, a variety of legal issues while further developing individual editing, writing, and research skills.  However, it is the sense of commitment, to the journal and to one’s peers, that makes the experience truly worthwhile.

In addition to the formal aspects of our work, being on JLPP is a great way to get to know fellow classmates.  Each year we hold a number of social events to provide Journal members an opportunity to interact outside of the academic setting.  Our current Editorial Board is an energetic and interesting group of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.  We are enthusiastic about JLPP, and we look forward to welcoming new members in the upcoming academic year.

Please do not hesitate to direct any questions you may have to editorinchief@jlpp.org.