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Submission for Volume 53.2 is now open!


If you have a finished piece or a paper in the works on any topic within the wide world of civil rights and liberties, we want to hear from you.

Our general board is looking to publish well-written pieces that broadly advance the cause of civil rights and liberties and add something new to the scholarly debate.

Submissions can be polished pieces, drafts, or even just proposals . However, the more “final” your submission, the more our board has to evaluate and the less “risky” your work appears. Pieces can be in the traditional law review style, case comments, critical race pieces, book reviews, or something entirely different.

Submissions should be approximately 15,000 words at the most and should list any faculty advisors who have helped or are familiar with the piece, a tentative bibliography, and a preemption check (in which you explain how your work differs from and/or builds on prior scholarship). The best submissions also anticipate questions our general board might have about your thesis and the importance of your piece – remember: you will not be at the meeting in which your piece is voted on, so your submission must speak for you.


Email your submission to by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 3, 2017. The subject line of your email should be: “Student Writing Proposal”.

The title of your submission should include your name. Do not include your name in the body of your submission. Submissions will be anonymized, and writers identifying themselves by name within their submissions will be disqualified.


Thursday, October 12 – 12:00 to 1:00 pm – Drop-in Q&A information Session in WCC 2048
Wednesday, October 25 – 12:00 to 1:00 pm –Drop-in Q&A information Session in WCC 2048
Friday, November 3 – Submissions due via email by 11:59 pm
Mid-November – General Board will vote on submissions
Winter 2017 – Substantive editing in three rounds
Spring 2017 – Technical editing, including subcites, line edits, and technical edits

Questions? Email


Last updated September 23, 2017

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