Supreme moments in Harvard Law Review’s 130-year history

Among its members’ accomplishments? 1 presidency, 7 Supreme Court justices, and 2 Pulitzer Prizes in poetry.

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> 1887 — Year the Law Review was founded

> 8 — Number of issues per year (monthly from November through June)

> 312 — Average number of pages per issue, or roughly 2,500 pages per volume


> $60 — Price of an annual subscription to the Law Review

> 1,200 — Paid circulation of the journal today; it was 8,000 in 1987 and 10,000 in the 1920s

> 92 — Number of members — all 2d- and 3d-year law students at Harvard — on the board; 46 new ones are invited to join every year

> 131 — ImeIme Umana became the 131st president of the student-run journal, and the first black female, when she was elected on January 29; the March issue will be the first under her tenure


> 1 — Number of presidents of the Law Review who went on to become president of the United States (Barack Obama, who was elected president of the Law Review in 1990)


> 7 — Members who went on to become Supreme Court justices (John G. Roberts Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Stephen G. Breyer, Elena Kagan, Felix Frankfurter, and Edward T. Sanford)

> 3 — Number of Pulitzer Prizes won by onetime member Archibald MacLeish, two for poetry, one for drama

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“You are responsible for the language of justice, for the careful and precise wording in all those boring contracts that I sign while I watch Real Housewives. . . . Your dedication to meticulous reading is a tedium that I find so admirable.” — Mindy Kaling in a 2014 commencement speech at Harvard Law School

Sources: Harvard Law Review; The Harvard Crimson; New York Times; Washington Post;;