If you love writing and want to explore ways of combining this with your interest in law then there are a few opportunities out there for this. Getting some work published can demonstrate your commitment to law, as well as give you that extra little something to impress on application forms.
Every year I ask for volunteer students to take on the role of legal journalists for Lawbore and I'm always happy to hear from would-be writers at any point in the year. Much of Lawbore's success stems from the fact that students and alumni get involved in the content. So get in touch with me if you fancy event reporting, critiquing legal news, doing an interview or sharing an experience.
SJOL articles are written by students, edited by students and aimed at students. The readership includes students from at least six leading universities and law schools, as well as a number of academics and practitioners. Find out more about submitting an article or contact Adam Krantz, the Communications Manager for the journal (as well as being a student at City!]. The next deadline for publication is mid-December.
The KSLR invites submissions from both undergraduate and postgraduate law students, from any university. Articles need to be between 5000 and 8500 words and can cover any area of domestic, European or international law. With a £250 prize for best article per issue, worth a try?
Describing itself as the 'yoof arm' of the Solicitors Journal, YL's readership is law students covering a wide range of topics in each issue, both commentary on legal news and experience-based pieces. Recent topics include tips on what to do once you're newly qualified, a piece on mooting, blogs from trainees and a number of linked articles around the legal aid cuts.
TSL offers students the opportunity of posting on pretty much any legal topic they fancy. Pieces are typically short commentary rather than deep academic musings.
TSJ has been around for a year and was set up by two of our LLB students in order to give students a voice, as well as an opportunity to refine their journalistic skills . New articles appear regularly and cover a wide range of topics, social, economic, political, educational and even sport and culture related.
The UK Law Students' Review published its first issue in August 2012 and includes articles from students all over the UK. The Editor-in-Chief Thomas Innes describes their background: "With the backing of our parent institution, the UK Law Students' Association, we are fully independent of any single law school and so have a diverse editorial team comprised of students from the UK's leading law schools".
Anyone wanting to read articles or submit one for inclusion in the journal should take a look at the website.
The University of Westminster launched its own journal in 2011 in order to provide a resource for academics and professionals in the legal field. You can submit articles of 5,000-10,000 words, comment pieces of 2,500 words or book reviews of 700-1000 words. There are 2 issues per year and these are made available freely online.