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Submitting an Article to Legal Writing
If you wish to submit an article to Legal Writing, please send two digital copies to Kristin Gerdy at gerdyk@law.byu.edu. The first copy should be the standard version of the document. In the second copy, please remove all indications of authorship, including the name(s) of the author(s), acknowledgment footnotes that reference an author’s school, and text or footnotes that reference the program at an author’s school by name. Because deleting text or footnotes may change the meaning of the piece, the author(s) can certainly substitute words such as “my school” “the author,” etc. as appropriate. WordPerfect, MSWord, and PDF files are all acceptable. If sending digital versions is not practical, please make other arrangements by contacting Kristin Gerdy by phone or by mail at the address below:


Professor Kristin Gerdy
J. Reuben Clark School of Law
Brigham Young University
457 JRCB
Provo, UT 84602
E-mail: gerdyk@law.byu.edu
Office: (801) 422-9022
Fax: (801) 422-0404


Members of the Editorial Board review all articles submitted to the Journal. Articles that receive an affirmative vote of the majority of editors are accepted for publication. As a general matter, the Board is looking for well documented articles that our readership will appreciate either as original theory or as practical pedagogy.


Past Journal editors have developed guidelines for the editing process that we believe may help authors to understand some aspects of the Journal’s decision-making process. Before submission, therefore, authors may wish to consult the Journal’s “Procedures for Editors.” When making citation and style decisions for your submission, please consult the most recent edition and printing of the ALWD Citation Manual (Aspen Publishers), and the most recent edition of The Redbook (West).


Authors are typically notified about the Board’s decision within four weeks after submission. Two members of the Editorial Board work with each author in the publication process; in addition, one or more Assistant Editors also may work on technical aspects of the piece.


When an article is accepted for publication, the author should be prepared to supply the editors with copies of all difficult-to-find sources, which we define as materials that cannot be located easily on Westlaw, LEXIS, the Internet, or in a law library. Examples of materials that authors would need to supply include, but are not limited to, non-legal sources, e-mail messages and other unpublished material, out-of-print material, conference and CLE material, foreign sources, survey results, and interview transcripts or summaries.

Articles about Pedagogy
While the Journal publishes articles that highlight legal writing pedagogy, the Journal is usually not interested in articles that are merely descriptive of teaching techniques; instead, it seeks articles that include unique and novel pedagogical ideas presented within the relevant theoretical context. For example, the author(s) might identify and analyze a theoretical basis for the pedagogy and then explain how the teaching method is congruent with or takes the next step in advancing this educational theory. We are particularly interested in articles that expand on the existing literature and thus reflect a novel approach to an existing problem. By providing citations to authorities that document this theoretical basis (or other appropriate context), authors help our readers to better understand the piece and also help scholars conducting research on pedagogy to find and benefit from legal writing scholarship more easily.

Publication Agreement for Authors

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