The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Public Affairs (JLPA) provides a novel forum for scholarship that responds to pressing policy issues with solutions that are both thought-provoking and reasonable. JLPA is designed to serve as a research tool for policymakers, practitioners, judges, academics, students, and all interested readers. JLPA publishes articles at the intersection of law and public policy, at the international, federal, state, and local levels of government

Past contributors have included: Saxby Chambliss (Former U.S. Senator); Hank Johnson (U.S. Representative); Kassim Reed (Former Mayor of Atlanta); Stephen Goldsmith (Former Mayor of Indianapolis); Jonathan Macey (Yale Law School); Cary Coglianese (University of Pennsylvania Law School); Kermit Roosevelt Ill (University of Pennsylvania Law School); Samuel Estreicher (New York University Law School); Rogers M. Smith (University of Pennsylvania); and Philip K. Howard (Founder of Common Good and Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP). 


For 2017-2018, the Journal selected “Government in the 21st Century” as our overarching theme. Our seminar will be focused on this theme and will provide a unique insight into different facets of the theme.

For Volume 4, JLPA selected submissions that addressed the following topics: Gun Reform; Regulating Emerging Technology; Securing Elections; Sexual Discrimination Policy in the “Me Too” Era; the Trump Administration’s Deregulatory Agenda; and New Solutions to Drug Policy.

JLPA’s Spring 2019 Symposium will focus on the last topic while discussing the impact of the War on Drugs and associated legal and policy challenges. Authors writing on this topic will also have the opportunity to serve as panelists at our symposium. 

Membership on the Journal is open to second- and third-year law students via application. University of Pennsylvania Law School students who are interested in joining the Journal must submit applications. First- and second-year law students may also apply to certain board positions for their second and third year.

For more information, contact our Editor-in-Chief, Amanda Lesavage, at PennJLPA.Editor.in.Chief@gmail.com.

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Volume 3 –  CLOSED

Volume 2 –  CLOSED

Volume 1 –  CLOSED