The Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review is now accepting student writing submissions for our next issue. 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.

This issue we allocated an additional twenty pages to student writing because we believe our journal can be a forum for you to be heard and to advance the debate.


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 drafts or polished pieces. 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, 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 Thursday, November 5, 2015. 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 within their submissions will be disqualified.


Friday, October 16 – 12:00 to 1:00 pm – Information Session in WCC 2048
Wednesday, October 21 – 12:00 to 1:00 pm – Information Session in WCC 2048
Thursday, November 5 – Submissions due via email by 11:59 pm
Wednesday, November 11 – General Board will vote on submissions
Winter 2015 – Substantive editing in three rounds
Spring 2016 – Technical editing, including subcites, line edits, and technical edits

Last updated October 9, 2015

We are now accepting student writing for volume 51.2! Interested in submitting?