The Georgetown Law Journal Online is published exclusively on our website. It is a separate publication from the Journal’s print edition. GLJ Online accepts short articles, essays, responses to published pieces, book reviews, and student work, such as case comments and notes. We accept submission on a rolling basis, and selections are made seasonally by the Journal’s Online Committee. GLJ Online can offer quick turnarounds from acceptance to publication for particularly timely pieces addressing current topics in the law.
Please submit to GLJ Online through Scholastica. If you are a practitioner or a student without a Scholastica account, please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “ONLINE SUBMISSION.” Please include your name, your email address, your submission title, the total word count, and any additional comments. Please attach your submission as a Word (.doc or .docx) document.
While pieces between 6,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes) are preferred, submissions that are slightly longer or shorter will be considered on a case-by-case basis. GLJ Online will give preference to timely pieces focused on current events, current issues in the law, and pending and recently decided cases. Submissions are also reviewed for the novelty of the author’s argument and analysis, the appeal of the topic to a generalist legal audience, clarity and writing style, and citational support.
Articles v. Essays
Although both articles and essays must both demonstrate high levels of legal research and analysis, they differentiate themselves in terms of topic and comprehensiveness.
Articles are expected to be a comprehensive analysis of a subject that references existing jurisprudence and integrates legal principles and/or holdings into the overall argument.
Essays are an outlet for shorter pieces that focus on narrow or emerging scholarly topics. Essays are encouraged to discuss current legal issues or present novel questions to the legal community. They can experiment with cadence and organization and often reference resources beyond legal jurisprudence.
GLJ Online also accepts responses to a published or forthcoming print or online piece. A response may take the form of an article, essay, or letter to the editors. We also accept book reviews on recently published books with legal themes.
All current Georgetown Law students and recent graduates (until the September following graduation) may submit case comments, short articles, or notes at any time.
Student Notes will be reviewed according to the guidelines outlined above. GLJ Online will give preference to pieces that are in compliance with the current Bluebook standards as well as to authors who can provide a zip-folder with all cited sources.
Please submit a copy of your comment or note with personal identifying information removed, and please indicate in the body of your email whether you will be able to provide a folder with all cited sources.