About the ACLR

The American Criminal Law Review is the nation’s premier journal of criminal law. The ACLR seeks to serve the criminal law community by providing a forum for the best scholarship in the field. The ACLR especially strives to provide information and ideas that are useful to criminal law practitioners.

The ACLR publishes three issues a year containing articles and notes from leading criminal law scholars. It also publishes the Annual Survey of White Collar Crime, the definitive reference work for white collar practitioners. Every other year, the ACLR also hosts a symposium bringing together professors, practitioners, and students to discuss contemporary issues in criminal law. In 2010, the ACLR launched its blog, providing yet another forum for criminal law scholarship. 

For information on submitting articles, notes, or ideas to ACLR, click here. For subscription information, click here.

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History of the American Criminal Law Review

The ACLR was first published in 1962 by the University of Southern California Law School in conjunction with the American Bar Association. The ABA moved the publication to the University of Kansas Law School the following year and changed its title to the American Criminal Law Quarterly ("ACLQ"). As an ABA publication, the ACLQ concentrated on a practitioner's approach to the criminal law.

In 1971, Professor Sam Dash was elected chairman of the ABA's Criminal Law Section and moved from the University of Kansas to Georgetown. He brought the journal with him and changed its name to the American Criminal Law Review. Each issue originally dealt with a single topic and was edited by students. Volume 10, Number 1, the first issue published at Georgetown and under the ACLR name, presented a symposium on military law and began with an essay by the Army Chief of Staff at the time, Gen. William C. Westmoreland. That format lasted for only three academic years. Volume 13, published in 1975-76, adopted the mix of symposia, articles, and notes that remains the staple of the journal today.

In the fall of 1980, the First Survey of White Collar Crime appeared in Volume 18, Number 2. It has evolved into the ACLR's best-known publication. Informally known as the Annual Survey, it now stands as the definitive reference work in its field.

The final stage of the ACLR's evolution came in 1986 when the journal severed its ties with the ABA and became an independent scholarly review. Today, the ACLR is published independently by the Georgetown University Law Center and is edited solely by students. Over the years, our contributors have included some of the most prominent figures in American government, academia, and legal practice, including Sen. Edward Kennedy, Prof. Akhil Amar, and then-Judge Stephen Breyer.