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.
Human Rights publication from the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at Warwick University. The magazine is interested in receiving submissions from students, writers and activists on human rights themes in both international and domestic issues. Andrew Williams is the Editor and you can find out more from him or via the website.
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 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. Frequency of articles is high and topics are varied; from book reviews and case comments through to securing funding and choosing which way you want your law to take you.
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.
Law Student Help publish articles written by law students on all areas of law, from researched pieces on current law, to articles on student experiences, and this can be on a regular or one-off basis. Drop a proposal to Claudia Seeger or submit the finished piece to Ravi Jackson.
The UKLSA 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.
UKELA publishes a bi-monthly online journal, e-law, which is widely circulated amongst over 1,400 UKELA members and practitioners in relevant fields. One student is offered a chance to publish their work in each edition of this journal as an excellent opportunity to add a publication to their CV and make connections to potential future employers.
Students are asked to submit an initial 500-word summary of their proposed paper. The student selected will then be asked to complete a first draft of between 1500 and 2000 words. The student's work is then sent to a UKELA practitioner member, who works in a related field, for their comments and feedback. The article will then be published, showing the student as a lead author, alongside the practitioner.
The competition is free to enter and open to UKELA student members and non-members alike. Essay submissions can relate to any area relevant to UK environmental law and policy. Submissions are encouraged from all relevant disciplines, not just law students. The deadline for the 500 word entries for the March journal is Wednesday 26 February, with the final version of the article to the submitted by Monday 10 March. Deadlines for the May journal will be Wednesday 23 April for the synopsis and Wednesday 7 May for the full article.