Getting Published


One of the most significant academic accomplishments you can do in law school is to publish a scholarly article in a law journal. A published article generally means that you know how to research and write and it is an excellent writing sample for job interviews. You should strive to publish in the area of law which you would like to practice. This will show interest and give you something to talk about during your interview.

One way to get published is by writing a note if your on law review or on a school journal. Another way is to participate in writing competitions and to send your note to other law reviews and law journals.

In terms of learning how to write a law review article and how to pick an appropriate topic, an excellent article is Eugene Volokh, Writing a Student Article, 48 J. Legal Educ. 247 (June 1998) 

Though geared for lawyers, an excellent article describing how to get published in law reviews is Gerald Lebovits, Academic Legal Writing: How to Write and Publish, N.Y.S. Bar Journal, p. 64 (Jan. 2006). Columbia Law Review also maintains helpful information about getting published in law reviews. Click on Columbia Law Review

An easy and free way to send out your article electronically to many different journals can be found by clicking here Unfortunately, many law reviews do not accept articles from students other than their own. However, some school will consider such submissions.

 To the right you will find additional information which may be helpful.  It may be worth it to take some time and explore the links and information provided. 

1. The Labor Lawyer Student Writing Contest
The Labor Lawyer annual student writing competition is open to students at all accredited law schools. Papers may be written on any topic in the field of labor and employment law, and will be reviewed by The Labor Lawyer staff and a committee of our editorial board. The winning paper will be published in The Labor Lawyer. Runner-up papers may also be published. Papers must be postmarked by the submission deadline of August 31 each year. Papers must not exceed forty (40) double-spaced pages (including endnotes), and should be sent to:

Robert J. Rabin
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, NY, 13244-1030.

2. The New York State Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law runs a student writing competition. Addtionally, articles may be submitted to the following:

  Janet McEneaney, Esq.
205-02 33rd Avenue
Flushing, NY 11361

3. It may also be helpful if your article wins a student writing competition. One such competion is

The Louis Jackson Writing Competition sponsored by the management firm of Jackson, Lewi s


4. Another writing competition is the Ross Essay competition which carrys with it a $5,000 award and publication in the ABA Journal.

American Bar Association
Section of Dispute Resolution

5. James Boskey ADR Writing Competition

Sponsored by The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Association for Conflict Resolution in association with the Center for Dispute Resolution of Penn State Dickinson School of Law

James B. Boskey- an intellectual, humanitarian, law professor, and mediator--became known and beloved world-over for his publication of The Alternative Newsletter, a resource guide on ADR published quarterly. It was in its tenth year when Jim died in 1999. The publication provided a comprehensive yet very accessible window into the diverse dimensions of the ADR field. In many respects, Jim Boskey-through the alternative newsletter--was the voice of the ADR community.

Purpose of the Boskey ADR Writing Competition
The purpose of the competition is to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making among students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools and also graduate programs in the United States and abroad.

The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Essays are limited to 15-20 typewritten pages, including footnotes or endnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins.

First Prize: $1000 in each of two divisions, Law Student or Masters/Doctoral Student. The first prize winners will also receive an invitation to publish in The Journal of American Arbitration or The World Arbitration and Mediation Report and the essays will be posted online at the Section of Dispute Resolution's website.

(Note: No Masters/Doctoral Student award will be given in 2005)

For submission information, procedures, or an entry form, visit the Penn State Dickinson School of Law website at

5. The National Conference on Uniform State Laws runs a writing constest on any topic related to uniform laws, such as the Uniform Arbitration Act. Its called the  William J. Pierce Writing Contest
Entry Guidelines (pdf)

6. The American Bar Association, Law Student Division runs a number of different writing competitions and sponsers certain scholarships.

7. The University of New Mexico School of Law lists a number of writing competitons that students are eligible to participate in.

8. Another comprehensive listing of writing compettions is maintained by Lewis and Clark Law School

9. Not to be undone, St. Louis University School of Law also maintains a listing of student writing competitions.

10. Wasburn School of Law also maintains a listing of competitions.

11. University of Denver maintains a similar listing.

12. Hieros Gamos Listing of Writing Competitions.