How to SUBMIT
Article, Essay, and Book Review submissions for Volume 124 are now closed. Volume 125 will begin accepting submissions in February 2015.
- Authors submitting Articles, Essays, and Book Reviews should refer to our General Submission Guidelines.
- Yale Law School students submitting Notes and Comments should refer to the Drop Dates and Student Submission Guidelines.
- Professional authors submitting YLJ Forum Essays or Responses should refer to the Forum Submission Guidelines for professional authors. Yale Law School students submitting YLJ Forum Essays or Responses should refer to the Forum Submission guidelines for student authors and the Forum Submission Form.
The Journal’s Style Sheet is available here.
Articles and Essays
The division between these two forms of professional scholarship serves not merely to separate longer pieces from shorter ones, but also to encourage two distinct and complementary approaches to legal analysis. The Articles and Essays Committee reviews submissions without knowledge of the identity of the authors.
Articles devote substantial space to situating themselves within existing research, and they often frame their arguments as comprehensive analyses of a given subject.
Essays are often narrower in scope than Articles, but the subject matter is of general scholarly interest. Essays may experiment with style, tone, and voice. The ultimate goal of an Essay is to start a new and interesting scholarly conversation.
Yale Law Journal Forum Essays and Responses
YLJ Forum pieces are authored by professors, practitioners, and students, and they are generally shorter, more timely, and accessible to a general audience. Submissions are reviewed by the Yale Law Journal Forum Committee without knowledge of authors’ identities.
YLJ Forum Essays are original pieces that bear directly on events unfolding in the present, blending the common appeal of op-eds with the rigor of scholarship.
YLJ Forum Responses are timely responses to both our print and online content. The goal is for academics, practitioners, and students to use the YLJ Forum to engage with and challenge one another. The Yale Law Journal Forum Committee additionally may solicit responses to print pieces and symposia commentaries.
Book Reviews are thoughtful commentaries by professors and practitioners on forthcoming or recently published books; they often use the book as a springboard for new lines of scholarly inquiry. Submissions are reviewed by the Features Committee and may be solicited as well.
Notes are publications of substantial length authored by students at the Yale Law School, frequently with the assistance of the Journal’s Notes Development Editors. The Notes Committee selects its pieces through a blind reading process, with Development Editors recused from voting on pieces on which they have worked.
Comments are short pieces authored by students at the Yale Law School. Comments succinctly tackle interesting issues and puzzles in the law. The Comments Committee chooses pieces through a blind reading process, with appropriate recusals during voting.