About the First Amendment Law Review


Since 2002, the First Amendment Law Review (“FALR”) has sought to “promote and protect the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment through publishing scholarly writings on, and promoting discussion of, issues related to the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.” To accomplish this mission, FALR performs three primary duties.


First, FALR publishes professional and student articles for the benefit of scholars and practitioners. Contributions are composed of scholarly pieces, symposium papers, and novel, interesting essays regarding the First Amendment. All articles pass a rigorous cite-checking and editing process through our Staff Members, Editorial Board, and Executive Board.

FALR publishes Fall, Winter/Symposium, and Spring issues. They are made available on the FALR website, and on HeinOnline, Lexis, and Westlaw after publication. All three issues are normally published in one annual volume at the end of the Spring semester.


Second, FALR holds an annual symposium every Fall to gather together renowned scholars to debate and discuss current issues of First Amendment Law. In the past, scholars have analyzed Fake News, Free Speech and Higher Education, as well as, Net Neutrality and the First Amendment.

On November 18, 2022, the First Amendment Law Review will host a symposium on Justice Breyer’s First Amendment jurisprudence in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information about our all-star panelists, see the Volume 21 Symposium page!

Online Presence

Third, FALR takes full advantage of the Internet Age to reach a broader audience. FALR regularly publishes student-written blog posts. The blog posts are written by our Staff Members and serve as an opportunity for them to write about a First Amendment topic of interest or current event in a more casual style than FALR’s normal scholarly publications. Additionally, FALR maintains a presence on social media sites including Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Additional Information

For more information or to submit an article, please refer to our Submissions or Contact tabs. If you would like to support the First Amendment Law Review, you can make a donation through the GiveUNC page here. Welcome to the wonderful world of First Amendment law!