Guidelines for contributors
- Articles can be on any topic, as long as it is law-related.
- We recommend that your article is 800-1,500 words long, though submissions just outside of these limits will be accepted.
- Legal Cheek Journal is keen to host articles written in the author’s chosen style and from his or her perspective. Articles need not be impartial and/or politically neutral.
- Remember that the Journal will be accessed by readers at differing levels of their legal career. Please avoid using complex legal jargon that may confuse.
- Please include any online resources referred to in your piece within the piece itself (either as hyperlinks, in brackets alongside the relevant text or as footnotes). Any offline resources should be noted at the end of the article under the heading ‘Further reading’.
- Legal Cheek Journal cannot accept articles that have been published, or are due to be published, elsewhere. We also cannot accept old essays/dissertations which are written in a heavily-academic style.
- Your piece will go through an experienced editor, for the purposes of a light edit. Headlines and standfirsts will be added by the Legal Cheek team.
- Your article will be published under your personal byline.
How to contribute
If you have an article that meets our guidelines that you want to contribute, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you’re keen to write an article but you’re not sure what on or how to go about it, feel free to drop us a line explaining your idea and we can give you some guidance on it.
Articles will be fully accredited to their authors. Please submit a clear, colour photo of yourself and some brief information (such as place and level of study, and topics of interest) that can be used in your personal profile. Links to your personal or professional social media accounts and blogs can feature in your profile.
The Legal Cheek Journal Prize
Each year the Legal Cheek team reviews all published Legal Cheek Journal posts and selects a shortlist of ten standout pieces, which an independent panel of judges then selects a winner from. The winner is presented with their trophy at the Legal Cheek Awards in spring each year.