Call for Articles Volume 13

Deadline: September 1, 2015 Ÿ

No more than 15,000 words (inclusive of footnotes)

Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD invites submission of articles for its Volume 13 (Fall 2016) issue. Volume 13 will include articles on the full range of topics that fall within the mission of LC&R: JALWD: to be a forum for discussion about legal writing and lawyering between academe and the practicing bar. This volume will be issued in an online format and will be strategically publicized to our subscribers and readership.

Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD’s mission is to advance the study of professional legal writing, broadly defined, and to become an active resource and a forum for conversation between the legal practitioner and the legal writing scholar. Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD is dedicated to encouraging and publishing scholarship (1) focusing on the substance of legal writing; (2) grounded in legal doctrine, empirical research, or interdisciplinary theory; and (3) accessible and helpful to all “do-ers” of legal writing: attorneys, judges, law students, and legal academicians. Traditionally, the journal declines publication of articles that are of interest to a purely academic or teaching audience.

Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD is published annually, thanks to ALWD. The subscription list includes 4,000 practicing lawyers and judges; law school libraries, deans, and professors; and others interested in the field of legal writing. The journal is available electronically on the journal’s website and from Westlaw, Lexis, SSRN, HeinOnLine, H.W. Wilson Company, and EBSCO.

We encourage submissions from law professors, practicing lawyers, and judges as well as from academics, researchers, and specialists in other disciplines. The deadline for submission of articles for the Fall 2016 issue is September 1, 2015.

General Guidelines

Submission of articles

Submissions of articles under 15,000 words, inclusive, are due on or before September 1 of the calendar year before an upcoming issue. We welcome articles on any topic that falls within the mission of LC&R: to develop scholarship focusing on the substance and practice of professional legal writing, broadly defined to include many aspects of lawyering, and to make that scholarship accessible and helpful to practitioners as well as to legal academics. Without compromising analytical rigor and the necessary theoretical and research foundation, our goal is to publish articles that are readable and usable by the broader audience of professional legal writers. We are looking for clear, concrete, direct writing; strong, interesting, intelligent voices; and a style that uses the text for substance and the footnotes to provide support, sources, and references for additional study.

Potential authors may wish to consult articles published in past issues, as well as the more specific information for authors available under the Submissions tab at

Exclusive submission preferred / peer review and the effect on expedited requests

LC&R prefers exclusive submission of manuscripts but does not require it. If an author has submitted the manuscript elsewhere or wishes to do so, the author should inform the Journal at the time of submission and notify the Journal immediately should the author accept another offer of publication. Using an anonymous, peer-review process is time-consuming and makes expedited review difficult to accommodate.

Technical requirements

Electronic manuscripts should be accompanied by (1) a cover sheet summarizing the article and (2) the CV or resume or summary of scholarship background of the author, including preferred email and phone contact information. For major articles, LC&R will consider manuscripts from 5,000-10,000 words of text including footnotes, and will consider submissions that are no more than 15,000 words maximum, including footnotes. For practice notes, LC&R recommends manuscripts of approximately 2,500 to 5,000 words of text, and up to 7,000 words maximum, including footnotes. Book reviews are solicited separately and are short documents. Because we use a professional designer who requires it, all manuscripts must be prepared and submitted as native Microsoft Word documents.[1] We prefer submissions between 1 to 1.1 spacing, for readability purposes and you are free to select the readable typeface of your choice, with the understanding that we will be making decisions after onscreen reading.

Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD follows standard legal citation form, contained in both the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation (5th ed.) and in The Bluebook (19th ed.). All accepted authors will be asked to provide copies of source materials that are unavailable through normal legal research methods.

How to submit

Submissions should be sent electronically to the following email address, directly or through the ALWD website: or online via Express-O.


This is a peer-reviewed journal. All submissions that meet the mission of the journal are sent to anonymous peer reviewers before returning to the editorial board for a discussion of the anonymous reviews and a final vote.

Submission of Book Reviews

We include book reviews in each volume. Those are handled through a separate submission procedure after the articles are selected. For more information, contact our Book Review Editor, Nantiya Ruan,


Please contact co-Editors-in-Chief, Ruth Anne Robbins, or Joan Ames Magat,  A PDF version of the request for submissions is here.

[1] Any article that originated in another program such as WordPerfect will have to be recreated in Word because the footnote formatting is not converted properly (trust us, we speak from experience).