The Law Library at Washington and Lee School of Law has ranked UIC Law’s Review of Intellectual Property Law fifth in the world in its latest law journal rankings. The UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law (RIPL) has been rated in the top ten every year for more than a decade and in the top five for the past eight years in a row.
The rankings are a world-recognized resource for identifying and comparing law journals by subject, country of publication or rank across several categories. Data for this year’s rankings include the top 400 U.S.-published law journals and the top 100 law journals published outside the United States, based on citation counts and publication statistics for a 2016-2020 survey period. New rankings are released annually based on data up through the preceding calendar year.
RIPL has been cited as persuasive authority by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and by parties petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. In addition to articles written by a number of prominent IP practitioners, RIPL issues have included contributions from former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; former Chief Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Paul Michel and Richard Inn; former Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Richard Posner; former Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, James F. Holderman; and former U.S. Registers of Copyrights, Marybeth Peters and Ralph Oman.
As an online journal, RIPL outpaces traditional print journals by efficiently producing and electronically publishing quality articles, which provides authors the opportunity to publish in a timely manner. The high quality and timeliness of RIPL’s articles have attracted subscribers from around the world, including the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Tanzania, Poland, England, Spain, Japan, China and Israel. RIPL’s issues are delivered electronically to its subscribers and are available on LexisNexis and Westlaw, as well as on RIPL’s website.
RIPL membership includes UIC Law students ranked at the top of their class, many of whom are enrolled in the Law School’s internationally recognized IP program. Many RIPL students possess a technical background — with degrees ranging from bachelor of science to Ph.D. — and have experience in all facets of intellectual property. These students provide authors with quality editorial assistance, such as conducting research, adding footnotes to expand legal discussions and perfecting citations.