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The York Law Review

Welcome to the York Law Review, York’s only publication for undergraduate and postgraduate legal writing, edited and published by students.

The York Law Review (YLR) is a student-led academic publication managed by students and staff at the York Law School (YLS). We publish legal scholarship written by undergraduate and postgraduate students at YLS.

Established during the 2019/20 academic year, the York Law Review published its first volume in May 2020. This contains a series of papers adapted from YLS undergraduate dissertations from the 2018/19 cohort, as well as the winning papers from competitions run by the journal throughout the year. 


Our first volume was released in Spring 2020 and hosted on this website. A small number of print copies will also be made available.

Our latest volume is available here.

The journal is also available via White Rose Research Online and HeinOnline  

Student editorial team

YLR is led and managed by a team of YLS students. The Student Editorial Team manage the day-to-day operations of the journal and are ultimately responsible for its content and production.

Editor-in-Chief - Carl Makin

Carl is a PhD student at York Law School, researching social housing regulation.

Deputy Editor-in-Chief - Sam Guy

Sam is a PhD student at York Law School researching the crowdfunding of judicial reviews.

Senior Editor - Jessica Gracie

Jessica is a PhD student researching work in the gig economy and its implications for employment law and tort.

Senior Editor - Alice Trotter

Alice is a PhD student at York Law School working with the Centre for Applied Human Rights, researching the role of cities in international human rights law.

Junior Editor - Megan Hurcombe

Megan is a first year BA English and Linguistics student.

Junior Editor - Samuel Kuo

Samuel is a final year LLB student; his undergraduate dissertation focuses on the role Equity plays in the Illegality defence.

Editorial Board

The York Law Review Editorial Board consists of student and staff members. The board is chaired by the Head of School, Professor Caroline Hunter. The role of the board is to provide strategic direction to the student editors and ensure quality and continuity in the development of the journal. 

Members of the Editorial Board:


The York Law Review’s annual abstract competition for YLS undergraduate and postgraduate (taught) students is now open! This year, we are interested in hearing your reflections on:

  • A development in an area of law that particularly interests you; OR
  • The impact of COVID-19 on law students.

Developing on these themes, you are invited to submit a 250-word abstract for entry in our competition.

Authors of the chosen abstracts, one of which will be selected from the YLS undergraduate cohort and one from the YLS postgraduate cohort, will then be invited to further develop their work into an article. Subject to editorial review, the articles will be published in the Spring 2021 edition of York Law Review and the winning authors will each be awarded a £50 cash prize upon publication!

The deadline for entries is 12 noon on Friday 18 December. Interested students are invited to submit their abstracts through this Google form.

If you have any questions, please contact We are very much looking forward to receiving your abstracts!


York Law Review looks to recruit new members to its Student Editorial Team regularly. Keep an eye on our social media feeds for more information. 

If you’re interested in joining the team, please email:

Contact us

The York Law Review team may be contacted via email: EmailTwitter and Instagram.

York Law Review currently only accepts papers from undergraduates and postgraduate students at York Law School.