Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies

Information for Contributors

Submission Guidelines

Publication in the DJLS is reserved for current law students and those who have recently graduated. Authors can submit manuscripts via email after reviewing our submission guidelines.

Submission Preparation Checklist

1. All papers strictly adhere to the latest edition of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (or "McGill Guide").

2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation is included comments to the editor).

3.The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or RTF document file format.

4.Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

5.The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

6.Authors' names and identifying information has been removed from the document to facilitate a blind review process.

Tips for Good Papers

To impress your reviewers, we encourage all papers to have:

- An explicit research question or hypothesis;

- A methodology paragraph (even if it's a "doctrinal" piece) that explains how you will answer the research question; and

- A literature review that compares your conclusion to what's already been written on the topic.

We also like papers that are easy to read. Short words and sentences are good. Legal jargon is bad.


Once this checklist has been completed, please submit via email to the editors, ensuring your file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF.
Email the editors.