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Submissions

Student Notes and Comments Submissions

Although the majority of our articles are written by participants in our yearly symposia and lecture events, one of the goals of the Journal is to promote and publish student scholarship. We accept submissions on a rolling basis, and our Notes and Comments Committee reviews submissions three times yearly.

Student articles must meet the Journal’s writing guidelines as outlined in the Notes and Comments Checklist and Submission Evaluation Rubric.

Student submissions are reviewed anonymously by the Notes and Comments Committee. To be considered for publication, email your article to Notes and Comments Editor Ashley Ryan at ryan0272@stthomas.edu. Student submissions will be reviewed anonymously by a committee of journal members and approved anonymously by the Editor-in-Chief, with only the Notes and Comments Editor knowing the author’s name.

Research and Writing Resources

For students interested in learning more about publishing with the UST Law Journal, the particulars of UST's upper-level writing requirement, or about how to write a publishable law review article generally, we have made the following documents available for download:

Notes and Comments Committee Publication Guide A document that explains the process by which the Journal selects student pieces for publication and what the Journal looks for in publishable submissions.

Understanding the Upper Level Writing Requirement: A document that explains UST's current policies regarding the upper-level writing requirement and contains advice about how to approach it.

Choosing a Research Paper Topic and Considerations for Publication: A document put together by Debby Hackerson, one of our esteemed research librarians, that contains a wealth of information regarding academic legal writing. Topics covered include topic selection, preemption checking, and avoiding plagiarism. 

Unsolicited Article Publication

Although it is primarily a symposium-based journal, the University of St. Thomas Law Journal occasionally publishes articles submitted by independent authors from outside the Journal staff and the UST School of Law student body. In making a decision whether or not to publish a piece, the submissions committee weighs the quality of the writing, the novelty of the topic or the unique treatment of an established subject, and the timeliness of the subject matter analysis—whether based on a current event or consistent with a current Law Journal symposium or lecture event. Decisions to publish are also dependent on openings in the Law Journal’s publication schedule.

The Law Journal accepts submissions during the academic year between August 1 and March 31. The Submissions Editor reviews submissions on a continual basis, and the submissions committee meets as necessary to review submissions approved by the Submissions Editor. The Editor-in-Chief approves all articles before an offer is extended. Authors can typically expect the Law Journal to decide whether to publish within 6 to 8 weeks after their article is submitted.

Authors submitting an article must either be pursuing or in possession of a juris doctor. The University of St. Thomas Law Journal submission committee guidelines are for authors not affiliated with the school. UST School of Law students should publish their article through the Notes and Comments process described above.

Articles must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for publication:

  • Articles should have at least 5,000 and no more than 15,000 words (not including footnotes).
  • Articles must be in final form, which generally means that there are few grammatical and syntactical errors and the organization, argument, and citations are complete. Citations should conform to Bluebook style.
  • We suggest you include an abstract generally describing the topic of the article.
  • Articles should include a biographical footnote at the start of the article, indicated with an asterisk (*) before footnote 1.

Articles that meet these requirements should be sent in PDF or Word format to lawreview@stthomas.edu. Due to the volume of articles received, only authors of articles selected for publication will be contacted.

For questions regarding unsolicited article submissions, contact Aaron Brown, Submissions Editor, at brow9858@stthomas.edu.

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