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Finding a Paper Topic: Get Published

Tips and tools for finding and developing paper topics; includes resources for preemption check and keeping current on your topic.

You can Publish

If you are researching and writing a paper, then the UCI Law Library can help you get published or submit for writing competitions.

Develop an innovative thesis: To get published, your paper should do more than just describe a topic or issue. It should develop an innovative approach or new way of looking at an unresolved legal issue. This is an intimidating prospect for most of us. However, through early research and reading, and conversation with faculty and librarians, you can do this! (See Develop a Topic.)

When & How to Submit

Submission procedures: Through the UCI Law Library, you may access and use Scholastica, a service that will allow you to submit to multiple publications at one time.

Submission timing: Law reviews usually have two submission seasons: early spring (Feb. through Apr.) and fall (Aug. through Oct.). General wisdom suggests that most law reviews fill their issues during the spring.

Cover letter: Submitted articles should be accompanied by a cover letter that states in a paragraph the thesis of the article, and why it is relevant (or how it is novel). No need to mention that you are a student in your letter; the first footnote in your article (or note) should indicate: "J.D. candidate, UC-Irvine School of Law."

Abstract: Draft and submit an abstract that summarizes your article in about 100 to 250 words, and tells why it is relevant (similar to the cover letter). Do this even if the law review publisher does not ask for an abstract.

Citation: Submitted articles should be well researched and well written, with strong citation to Bluebook.

Where to Submit

Consider where to publish by talking to faculty and librarians, and by browsing:

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