On January 1, 1978, the first issue of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal (the “U. Ark. Little Rock L.J.”) was published. During its early years, the Journal published two issues each year. Beginning with volume 5, the U. Ark. Little Rock L.J. became a quarterly publication. In 1998, beginning with volume 21, the name of the Journal was changed to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review (the “U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev.”).
The U. Ark. Little Rock L.J. had two primary objectives: (1) the publication of timely, scholarly materials on significant legal questions pertinent to the practice of law in Arkansas; and (2) providing an opportunity for students to gain experience writing and editing scholarly articles.
By definition, however, a law review is more expansive in scope. While continuing the original mission of the Journal, the U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. has redefined its objectives to reflect its new name and publication philosophy. The U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. has three primary objectives: (1) to publish articles, surveys, and essays that are timely and useful to Arkansas practitioners, the judiciary, and other members of the state’s legal community; (2) to publish material which reaches national and international legal audiences; and (3) to provide a forum for outstanding student work of both local and national interest, as well as an opportunity for students to gain experience editing scholarly articles.
The Review’s circulation list includes all members of the Arkansas Bar Association. Its scope, however, is not limited by jurisdictional boundaries, as many law libraries, practitioners, and judges around the country subscribe to the Review. It is therefore vital that the upmost care be used in each and every step of the publication process, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the reputation of the U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. within Arkansas and across the nation.