We accept manuscripts from legal scholars, practitioners, and doctoral degree candidates in both the U.S. and abroad. We do not consider pieces prepared as part of a J.D. as Articles but we encourage such submissions as student scholarship.
Submissions must not exceed 28,000 words including footnotes. We strongly encourage manuscripts that are under 22,000 words. Authors must include a resume and a list of publications with their submissions.
We accept submissions during designated submissions windows. Our fall submissions window opens on August 1 and ends on September 31. Our spring window opens on January 31 and ends on March 15. We encourage authors to submit through Scholastica during that time. Of course, we will also accept submissions by email, but we strongly encourage you to use Scholastica. We do not accept hard copies.
All manuscripts must be written in English and submitted in .docx format. All citations must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015). Authors must be able to supply translations of all foreign-language sources.
We receive hundreds of submissions each year. The most promising manuscripts are selected by the Submissions Development Editor and pooled by the Executive Board, which consists of the third-year J.D. students. Final decisions are made by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the Submissions Development Editor. We regret that we cannot offer feedback on submissions.
We understand that authors may face deadlines from other journals. To request an expedited review from us, please email the following information to the Submissions Development Editor. Authors may also submit a request for expedited review through Scholastica.
- Name and contact information
- Manuscript title
- Journals that have accepted the article
- The latest date and time by which you can receive a decision from us
Authors have three days (72 hours) to accept an offer to publish with us. We encourage authors to be in touch with any questions as they make their decisions.
While we fully understand the hectic nature of the offer-acceptance process, we regret that we cannot offer any extensions to authors who wish to consider our offer for a longer period of time.
We ask that you notify the Submissions Development Editor promptly if you accept an offer to publish elsewhere.