The Legal Cheek Journal

Legal Cheek Journal is a new journalism project that promotes writing about legal affairs — and is open to law students and graduates to contribute. Separate from our news stories, the Journal will feature legal analysis from students and practitioners, which can be enjoyed by our 200,000 unique monthly visitors.

The Journal will host articles on a wide range of law-orientated topics, providing a deeper legal analysis than that offered by the news.

Guidelines for contributors

1. Articles can be on any topic, as long as it is related to legal affairs.

2. We recommend that your article is 800-1,500 words long, though submissions just outside of these limits will be accepted.

3. 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.

4. Remember that the Journal will be accessed by readers at differing levels of their legal career. Write your piece for someone with no specialist knowledge on your topic. Please avoid using complex legal jargon that may confuse.

5. Please do not submit articles in an academic format, for example, with long introductions and sections dedicated to defining terms.

6. Please include any online resources referred to in your piece within the piece itself. Any offline resources should be noted at the end of the article under the heading ‘Further reading’.

7. Legal Cheek Journal cannot accept articles that have been published, or are due to be published, elsewhere.

8. 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.

9. Your article will be published under your personal byline.

10. By submitting your article to us, you are consenting for your article to be published on the Legal Cheek Journal.

How to contribute

If you have an article that meets our guidelines that you want to contribute, send it to 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 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.