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JLPA is an online-only legal journal.

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Welcome to the Journal of Law & Public Affairs!

Welcome to our website! The Journal of Law & Public Affairs is an independent journal, produced by students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, that aims to publish thought-provoking articles on contemporary federal, state, and local policies. The Journal is non-partisan and designed to serve as a research tool for policymakers, practitioners, judges, students, and all interested readers.

We welcome you to explore our website to read our recently published articles, review our submission process, learn about our most recent symposium, and meet our board members.


The Editorial Board
Volume 3
Journal of Law & Public Affairs



The Journal is now accepting submissions for Volume 4.



The  Journal  frequently invites scholars, government agencies, and other political actors to discuss current issues surrounding law and public affairs.  At the end of each discussion, the  Journal publishes a synopsis of the discussion and welcomes response.  Below is a synopsis of our most recent discussion.

JLPA Seminar in Review (2016-2017)

Through the 2016-2017 school year, JLPA continued its tradition of holding a weekly independent research seminar through which JLPA hosted several speakers to discuss a wide range of topics under its yearlong theme of "Achieving Equality and the Role of the Government." read more

Volume 4 –  OPEN

Volume 3 – CLOSED


Editor Spotlight

Samantha A. Arena, a third year student at Penn Law, currently serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Law & Public Affairs. After graduation from Penn Law, Samm aspires to serve her community by working as a prosecutor.

Past Discussions