The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (JCL) provides a forum for the academic advancement and interdisciplinary study of constitutional law. To that end, JCL cultivates innovative scholarship, promotes critical perspectives, and reinvents the traditional study of constitutional law. As part of its mission, JCL is committed to publishing five issues each year via both print and electronic mediums.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, JCL will publish its 19th Volume. Since our founding, JCL has emerged as a leading publication in the area of constitutional legal analysis and discourse. JCL is one of only seventeen non-law review publications ranked in the top 55 legal journals nationwide for the most citations and impact. As a result of our position within the legal academy, JCL is fortunate to receive and publish the work of some of the leading scholars in the field, including the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, the Honorable Guido Calabresi, Richard Epstein, Laurence Tribe, Seth Kreimer, Kermit Roosevelt, Erwin Chemerinsky, Marci Hamilton, Barry Cushman, Sandy Levinson, Martin Redish, David Rudovsky, Mark Tushnet, the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg, and Jerry Mashaw.
JCL sponsors an annual symposium on a topic at the cutting edge of constitutional law. The Volume 19 Symposium focused on First Amendment issues. The symposium featured Eagles safety and political activist Malcolm Jenkins, as well as a host of brilliant panelists on the following topics:
For more information on our most recent symposium, please visit our Symposium page. More information on the Volume 20 Symposium is forthcoming.
The Edwin R. Keedy Cup Competition is held annually at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. This internal moot court competition is open to second-year law students. Participants advance to the finals by demonstrating superior brief writing and oral advocacy skills. The final round is judged by a panel of distinguished judges from across the country.
Since JCL's founding, our members have performed at high levels in the Keedy Cup Competition. Over the last decade, JCL has had at least one representative in the final round in all but one year. Most recently, in the 2017 competition, Andrew Steinmetz (Senior Editor, Vol. 19) won the Best Oralist award. In the upcoming 2018 competition, JCL is proud to once again have two representatives, Jack Heyburn (Comments Editor, Vol. 20), and Ryan Monahan (Articles Editor, Vol. 20), and we wish them both the best of luck.
JCL Keedy Cup Record
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2018 Keedy Finalists - JCL
2017 Keedy Finalist - JCL
2016 Keedy Finalists - JCL
2015 Keedy Finalists - JCL