The Houston Law Review is a scholarly journal published by students at the University of Houston Law Center. The organization itself is non-profit corporation run independent of the Law Center administration, with student editors making all editorial and organizational decisions. The articles published include those authored by students as well as professionals and cover a wide range of legal issues. Professionals who have authored articles for the law review in the past have included professors and practitioners who are recognized experts in their fields. The law review publishes one volume each year comprising of five separate issues, at least one of which is a symposium issue. Recent symposiums have been focused on topics of present day interest in various areas of Intellectual Property law. The journal has a circulation of over a 1000 copies with subscriptions from libraries and practicing lawyers. In addition to publishing the journal, the law review hosts the Frankel Lecture Series, featuring prominent speakers and recognized scholars from across the nation. In a ranking of law reviews based on journal citations, the Houston Law Review has recently ranked among the top fifty law reviews in the nation.
The Houston Law Review was founded in 1963 under guidance of Dean Newell Blakely, and with contribution from twenty lifetime sponsors including Houston firms such as Baker Botts, Fulbright & Jaworski and Vinson & Elkins. In 1970, Professor G. Sidney Buchanan became the first faculty advisor to the law review. Now in its 44th year of publication, the law review has over 1000 alumni members making valuable contributions to legal community all across the nation. These include judges on United States District Courts and the Texas Supreme Court, renowned practitioners, and general counsels to Fortune 500 companies. Recent alumni members of the Houston Law Review have served as judicial clerks to federal district and circuit judges.
For the current members, the law review serves as an academic forum for legal scholarship. All members complete a casenote or comment that is deemed publishable. This provides an opportunity for Review members to develop their own writing skills. Further, all members take part in the comprehensive editorial process that every published article goes through. This helps members build on both their research proficiency as well as their editing skills.