Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing (updated July 2018)
I. About Perspectives
Perspectives is a journal for everyone interested in teaching legal research and legal writing, including:
- law librarians and law professors, including adjuncts;
- attorneys who help associates or interns develop as researchers and writers; and
- writing specialists at law schools, law firms, courts, and other legal institutions.
In two electronic publications appear year (fall and spring), Perspectives articles explore a broad array of teaching theories, techniques, and tools. Articles are both short—typically between 1,500 and 7,000 words and lightly footnoted. They are highly readable and typically focus on curricular design, goals, teaching methods, and assessments, for example how to:
- comment rigorously and encouragingly on student writing;
- efficiently research;
- collaborate in teaching;
- design, create, and manage online teaching modules;
- teach using insights from other disciplines;
- use technology to enhance learning; and
- engage today's law students, interns, and associates.
Members of the Perspectives editorial board are experts in teaching research and writing in law schools, libraries, courts, and law firms.
Editorial board members welcome inquiries and opportunities to advise prospective authors. They have discretion to edit articles, including by shortening them to conform to available space.
II. Submitting Articles to Perspectives
A. How, to Whom, and When to Submit
Submit manuscripts by e-mail as an attachment to Editor James B. Levy, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, email: email@example.com. Also send a copy of your submission to Article Submission Co-Editors: Kathryn Mercer, Case Western Reserve School of Law, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and Helene Shapo, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, email: email@example.com.
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis for publication in the Spring and Fall issues.
B. Manuscript Form and Length
- Author Information. Provide only your name, professional title, and institutional affiliation. Place this information immediately after the article's title, not in a footnote.
- Typeface and Margins. Type in standard-face, double-spaced text with 1.5-inch margins.
- Length. Articles should run between 1,500 and 7,000 words. Longer articles may be considered but also may be shortened to fit available space.
- Footnotes. Footnote lightly. Use footnotes, not endnotes. Identify notes in the text by superscript numbers.
- Citation Form. Conform citations to academic format in the current edition of The Bluebook or the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation. In The Bluebook, follow the "Whitepages"; in the ALWD Guide, follow the rules for academic footnotes, not for practitioner documents. In other words, use Large and Small Capitals where appropriate. Use italicizing, not underlining.
- Ellipses. Treat an ellipsis as a single word, constructed of three periods preceded and followed by a space—for example: "The idea was ... hers."
- Commas. Use "serial commas." That is, in a series of three or more elements, separate each element by a comma—for example: "The names were Ax, Boxx, and Crux." In addition, do not use a comma to separate Jr. or Sr. from the name—for example: John Kennedy Jr.
- Word Preferences.
- Use appendixes or indexes, not appendices or indices.
- Use citation, not cite, and citing, not "Bluebooking."
- Generally, do not hyphenate legal writing or legal research.