Wednesday, July 15, 2020

JLWI Call for Essays and Book Reviews!


Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, invites essay and book review submissions around the theme of “Disruption” to be considered for publication in Volume 25 of JLWI (March 2021).  JLWI encourages writers to think about the topic broadly, considering the following questions, among others:

  • How has COVID-19 and/or the civil unrest surrounding police brutality disrupted or changed your approach to teaching?  Your course goals?  Your scholarship?
  • Do you find yourself thinking differently about interactions with students and colleagues as you learn from these disruptions?
  • Are these disruptions good or bad and why?     

Call for Essays:

JLWI is specifically looking for essays related to the long-term effects these major societal disruptions have had on your approach to legal writing and your future teaching and scholarship (rather than online teaching tips). Essays should continue the Journal’s mission, which is to provide a forum for the publication of scholarly works on the theory, substance, and pedagogy of legal writing. Essays may be scholarly either because they fully prove a thesis with relevant support or because they are part of a larger, coordinated section of related essays that build on each other toward a shared thesis. Essays should not feel like an underdeveloped article. The form an author chooses — essay or article — should be driven by the thesis and its necessary proof.   An essay is typically shorter than an article and may be less formal and more personal. It may focus on an unusual experience in, or insight into, the field or careful analysis of a new topic. An essay often demonstrates a deft hand with humor or a lovely way with words. Essays in JLWI ranging in length from 500 to 3,000 words. Please submit essays for consideration by email no later than Thursday, October 1, 2020, to Brenda Tofte:

Call for Book Reviews:

JLWI encourages writers to submit a proposal for a book review on the topic of disruption, also keeping in mind the Journal's mission.  Book reviews in JLWI typically run between 1,000 and 3,000 words.  The deadline for submitting book review proposals is Monday August 3, 2020, and book review drafts will be due by October 1, 2020.  An accepted proposal is not a guarantee of publication in the Journal (as final book reviews remain subject to editorial approval). Please submit both proposals and completed book reviews to the Journal’s Book Review Editor, Lori Johnson:

To read book essays and book reviews JLWI printed in previous volumes, please visit  


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