Notice & Comment

Duke Law Journal’s 55th Annual Administrative Law Symposium: Request for Papers

The Duke Law Journal invites papers for its 55th Annual Administrative Law Symposium, to be held in spring 2025 at Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. We will choose symposium articles in August, to allow for submissions analyzing the future of administrative law in the context of major cases like Relentless Inc. v. U.S. Department of Commerce and Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo.

The Duke Law Journal’s Administrative Law Symposium has been the premier administrative law event for five decades and has a long history of hosting the top administrative law scholars. Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and Judge Patricia Wald participated in Duke Law Journal’s 1993, 1989, and 1997 Administrative Law Symposia, respectively. In more recent years, several prominent professors and professionals have participated in these symposia, including Stuart Benjamin (Duke), Cass Sunstein (Harvard), Chai Feldblum (former EEOC Commissioner), Steven Croley (Michigan), Julius Genachowski (former FCC Chairman), Paul Light (NYU), Nina Mendelson (Michigan), Anne Joseph O’Connell (Stanford), W. Kip Viscusi (Vanderbilt), Dick Pierce (George Washington University), Thomas Merrill (American University), Kristin Hickman (University of Minnesota), and Mason Marks (University of New Hampshire Law/Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard).

How to Submit a Paper

Please submit your paper on Scholastica between July 18, 2024 at 12:01 AM EDT and August 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM EDT. Inquiries via Scholastica should be directed to Duke Law Journal’s Special Projects Editor, Melana Dayanim.

All papers that are submitted through the February 2024 article selection period will be read and considered for the Administrative Law Symposium. We will let authors know that their piece is under serious consideration, though will not make official offers for the Symposium until August 2024.

What to Include in Your Submission

Papers should be Word documents that include a proposed title, an abstract, and an article of between 7,500-10,000 words in length. The article should meet all of Duke Law Journal’s specified article guidelines. If your paper does not yet meet these requirements, but you are confident that it will by mid-September, you are still welcome to submit. We emphasize, however, that articles in their full form and that adhere to our guidelines will be considered more favorably in our review process.

Paper Selection Criteria

The Duke Law Journal Symposium Selection Committee will review each paper based on:

  • Definition and focus of the topic
  • Timeliness and importance of the topic
  • Experience, expertise, and diversity of the author(s)
  • Overall paper quality

While we expect the Symposium will be responsive to the upcoming Supreme Court decisions, we also encourage submissions of unrelated administrative law articles, as we work to put together a diverse Symposium.

Travel Support

We plan to hold the symposium in person, and all authors should plan to attend in person. The Duke Law Journal will provide transportation, lodging, and meals for symposium participants.

Important Dates

July 18, 2024Papers may be submitted
August 1, 2024:Deadline to submit paper proposals
August 15, 2024:Papers selected
Late September 2024:Draft papers due for Administrative Law Symposium Issue
Late October 2024:Author review period
Late January 2025:Author review period
Early March 2025:Author review period
March 2025:55th Annual Administrative Law Symposium takes place
May 2025:Volume 74’s Administrative Law Symposium Issue published

Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your paper proposal!


Gabriela Nagle Alverio


Duke Law Journal, Volume 74

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