Submission Guidelines for Journal of Civil Law Studies
The JCLS welcomes submissions for Articles, Notes, Comments, Essays, Book Reviews, and General Information. Unless otherwise agreed, contributions should not have been neither published nor submitted for publication elsewhere. All contributions will be subject to a critical review by the Editors, and will be subjected to peer-review.
- Articles: Section open to professors, members of the judiciary, and practicing attorneys. An article should address substantive legal scholarship.
- Notes: Section open to professors, members of the judiciary, and practicing attorneys. A note should analyze recent developments in case law or legislation.
- Essays: Section open to LSU law students. An essay should address substantive legal scholarship.
- Comments: Section open to LSU law students. A comment should analyze recent developments in case law or legislation.
- Book Reviews: A critical note in which law books will be analyzed based on content, style, and merit.
- General Information: Announcements and reviews of academic events.
Contributions should be submitted preferably in English, but are accepted in French and Spanish (with an abstract in English), and ideally should not exceed 25 pages in length.
Contributions must be submitted by electronic mail to
Hard copies will not be accepted unless accompanied with an electronic copy.
Authors hold the copyright to their contribution. However, they should notify the JCLS of any project of republication, and credit the previous publication in the JCLS.
Articles and Essays should include a 350 word informative abstract (including objectives, methods, and conclusions). The abstract must appear at the beginning of the contribution, and will be published together with it.
Authors may supply translations of their contributions, to be published in the JCLS or on the JCLS website.
The JCLS only accepts contributions in Microsoft Word format (Times New Roman 12, doubled-spacing, standard margins).
The text of the contributions should be kept as plain as possible in order to facilitate the conversion process of the Editors. Additional materials such as illustrations, graphs etc. may be sent in separate electronic documents, as agreed upon with the Editors.
Notes and References
The JCLS encourages the use of A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed. 2005) "The Bluebook" for U.S. materials. Foreign materials should be cited according to standard practice in the country of origin. Consistency in both presentation and citation is of the utmost importance.
Notes, references, and quotations must be checked by the author of the contribution before submitting the paper to the JCLS.
Contributions should include footnotes (rather than endnotes).
Books for review should be mailed to:
LSU Law Library
L104 Hebert Law Center
Baton Rouge, LA 70803