The Yale Law Journal



Volume 126 is now accepting submissions for Notes, Comments, and the Forum. Volume 126 is no longer accepting submissions for Articles, Essays, or Book Reviews. Volume 127 will begin to review Articles and Essays in February 2017.

To submit, please use our online submissions system

Submission Guidelines

The Journal’s Style Sheet is available here.

Articles and Essays

The division between these two forms of professional scholarship serves not merely to separate longer pieces from shorter ones, but also to encourage two distinct and complementary approaches to legal analysis. The Articles and Essays Committee reviews submissions without knowledge of the identity of the authors.

  • Articles devote substantial space to situating themselves within existing research, and they often frame their arguments as comprehensive analyses of a given subject.

  • Essays are often narrower in scope than Articles, but the subject matter is of general scholarly interest. Essays may experiment with style, tone, and voice. The ultimate goal of an Essay is to start a new and interesting scholarly conversation.

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Yale Law Journal Forum Essays and Responses

YLJ Forum pieces are authored by professors, practitioners, and students, and they are generally shorter, more timely, and accessible to a general audience. Submissions are reviewed by the Forum Committee without knowledge of the authors’ identities.

  • YLJ Forum Essays are original pieces that bear directly on events unfolding in the present, blending the common appeal of op-eds with the rigor of scholarship.

  • YLJ Forum Responses are timely responses to our print and online content. The goal is for academics, practitioners, and students to use the YLJ Forum to engage with and challenge one another. The Forum Committee additionally may solicit responses to print pieces and symposia commentaries.

Book Reviews

Book Reviews are thoughtful commentaries by professors and practitioners on forthcoming or recently published books; they often use the book as a springboard for new lines of scholarly inquiry. Submissions are reviewed by the Features Committee and may be solicited as well.


Notes are publications of substantial length authored by students at the Yale Law School, frequently with the assistance of the Journal’s Notes Development Editors. The Notes Committee selects its pieces through a blind reading process, with Development Editors recused from voting on pieces on which they have worked.  


Comments are short pieces authored by students at the Yale Law School, frequently with the assistance of the Journal's Comments Development Editors. Comments succinctly tackle interesting issues and puzzles in the law. The Comments Committee also chooses pieces through a blind reading process, with appropriate recusals during voting.