Submission Requirements

The Law Review considers for publication any piece of student scholarship with a substantial legal focus written in English. This includes articles, case comments, book reviews, and letters. International submissions and submissions with an international focus are also welcomed, provided that they have a clear application to Canadian law. 

Before submitting your work to the Law Review, read the following requirements carefully. Submissions which do not comply with these requirements will be rejected out of hand.

Author Eligibility

The Law Review only accepts submissions from students or recent graduates in legal fields. The following five categories of people are automatically eligible:

  • Students enrolled in a course of study in law recognized by that jurisdiction's law society (or equivalent) as a pre-requisite to practice of law as a profession. The following degrees will be deemed to satisfy this requirement in any jurisdiction.
    • A Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
    • A Bachelor of Civil Law (LL.L. or B.C.L.)
    • A Master of Laws (LL.M.)
    • A Juris Doctor (J.D)
    • A Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
  • Recent law school graduates. Such authors must have graduated from one of the courses of study discussed in the previous category within 12 months before submission.
  • Students-at-law (a.k.a. articling students)
  • Students clerking in any jurisdiction
  • First-year associates

The Law Review may consider submissions whose authors do not fall into any of these categories on a case-by-case basis. To request an exception, please contact our Director of Submissions, Aya Schechner, at submissions.lawreview@utoronto.ca. Exceptions have been granted where:

  • The author previously submitted when eligible and was asked to resubmit.
  • The author wrote the paper while eligible but waited slightly too long to submit.
  • The author is a paralegal student or recent graduate.

Citations

The Law Review uses the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th edition ("McGill Guide") for all citations. American authors may use the Bluebook, but must undertake to convert their citations to comply with the McGill Guide if their submission is accepted for publication.

All citations should be in the form of footnotes. Submissions with endnotes will be rejected. Bibliographies or reference lists should be omitted.

Formatting

  • Spacing: Double spaced
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 point
  • Document: Submitted as a PDF of at most 12 MB

Identifying Information

The Law Review takes anonymization of submissions very seriously. Only one person in the Law Review knows the identity of authors before a final decision is rendered on their submission, and that person uses that information to actively prevent actual or perceived conflicts of interest. For a full description of our anonymization process, click here.

To enable that vigilance, all submissions must be stripped of personally identifiable information. To be clear, that means that you must remove any information that could be used to identify you personally, such as your name, university, and footnote references to classes and classwork. This information must be removed throughout your submission document: not only from the title page, header, and footer, but also where it appears in the body of the text. If you have any questions about anonymization, whether something should be removed, or how to remove it, contact out Editorial Manager, Kimberly Legate, at editorialmanager.lawreview@utoronto.ca.

Necessary Components

All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter. It should explain, in less than one page, how your submission makes a novel contribution to legal scholarship.

Any submission longer than 10 pages must also include a table of contents, abstract, and keywords, in that order, at the start of the document.

All headings and sub-headings in your submission should appear in the table of contents. The table of contents cannot have more than 3 levels of headings (i.e. headings, sub-headings, and sub-sub-headings).

The abstract must be no more than 200 words and appear after the table of contents. It should both summarize your submission and explain why your topic matters.

Following the abstract, on the same page, list up to six keywords for database searching. A phrase can be up to 3 words or strings of characters (e.g. "Charter section 7" and "Charter s 7" each count as 3 word phrases).