As a journal for legal writing professionals, we seek articles that contribute to the discipline of legal writing. We define this discipline as encompassing a broad range of skills such as legal analysis, research, interpretation, drafting, and storytelling and as synthesizing a broad range of fields such as rhetoric, linguistics, composition, communication, psychology, and ethics.
The articles we publish seek to broaden and deepen the way in which legal writing is thought about, or taught, or both. Each article must break new ground by proposing and supporting a truly original thesis or by reporting and analyzing original empirical research. All articles should be the product of exhaustive research, and authors should familiarize themselves with relevant existing scholarship published not only in this journal and others devoted to legal writing but also in journals devoted to rhetoric, law, education, linguistics, composition, and other fields relevant to their topics. While we do consider for publication articles that present and analyze particular teaching techniques and course design, such articles must meet the above requirements.
Our most common reason for rejecting submissions is the lack of a truly original thesis that is grounded in thorough research.