Abstract: The general thesis of this Note is that the overbreadth doctrine is a principled response to the systematic failure of other methods of adjudication to protect first amendment rights adequately. The Note will proceed largely by examining alternatives to scrutiny for overbreadth. The first part will consider theoretical arguments for the as applied and overbreadth methods, and general guidelines for the employment of overbreadth reasoning. The second part will examine the method of rehabilitating overbroad statutes by excising the invalid applications as they arise, and will sketch intrinsic limitations of case by case adjudication as a means of securing the guaranties of the first amendment. In the third part, the Note will consider other methods for remedying statutory overbreadth by excising classes of unconstitutional applications - through the articulation of general rules of first amendment privilege or through the restrictive construction of expansive statutory language. In the last two parts the Note will examine the main competing technique of facial review - interest-balancing - and will consider further guidelines for affirmative use of the overbreadth doctrine.