Get Writing: Student Publishing Options
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.
Write for Lawbore!
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.
The City Law Review welcomes submissions from every level of legal study and practice, including those from practitioners, educators, judges, and students. Submissions should take the form of case notes, letters, articles or essays. Closing date for submissions is usually in November of each year. For full details of submission guidelines, take a look via their website.
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.
The KSLR invites submissions from both undergraduate and postgraduate law students, from any university. It is peer-reviewed. Articles need to be between 4000 and 6000 words and can cover any area of domestic, European or international law. Take a look at their Submissions page for more information on areas of law covered by the journal and guidelines on the process.
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.
The Legal Cheek Journal publishes short pieces between 800-1500 words long. Writers are encouraged to write in a straightforward way in order to connect with as many different readers as possible.
There is also the chance to be considered for the annual Legal Cheek Journal Prize; all published articles are considered before a shortlist of 10 is put before a panel of judges. The winner is presented with their prize at the Legal Cheek Awards.
For more guidelines on how to contribute, take a look at the How to write for us pages on Legal Cheek.
UKELA publishes a bi-monthly online journal, which is widely circulated amongst UKELA members and practitioners in relevant fields. If you are interested in putting forward a submission for publication take a look at their E-law newsletter pages for details of the themes for the current year.
The Cambridge Law Review is an independent academic journal run by the students of the University of Cambridge, where they aim to 'provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary and cutting-edge legal issues'. There are two issues a year, each featuring between 10-15 articles written by legal scholars, practitioners or students from various jurisdictions. Read more about their history on the website.
If you are interested in submitting please take a look at the submission guidelines.
The OUULJ is published once a year (in April) and welcomes contributions from current undergraduate students at any university. These can be casenotes or full articles between 3000 and 6000 words long.
For full details check out the Journal submissions page.