Call for Papers: LWI Second Draft

Legal Writing Institute (LWI)

The Board of Editors of The Second Draft invites submissions for the Spring 2018 issue on any topic related to legal writing and research.

Although we welcome submissions on various topics, we also want to maintain some focus on current trends.  As part of that goal, we’d like to include a special section in the next issue highlighting how the legal writing community has continued to innovate despite challenges brought on by reduced enrollments.  Law schools have had to meet this challenge while also dealing with a tighter, more competitive job market.  Many schools have had to learn to do more with less and some legal writing programs have felt the strain.  And yet, announcements continue to come across the LWI listserv reporting on programs expanding to require more credits and legal writing faculty creating new classes, collaborating with doctrinal colleagues in new ways, experimenting with how we teach legal writing, and serving our institutions in new roles.  So, for this issue, we also invite submissions addressing how your program has evolved, problem-solved, and innovated in the midst of these changes.  How have these new circumstances engaged the legal writing community’s creativity?  What have we accomplished?

For more information contact

•   Steven Schultz: schultz[@]
•   Tammy Oltz: tammy.pettinato[@]  (after September 15, 2017)

Deadline: November 1, 2017. Email submissions to theseconddraftlwi[@] Submissions should be between 500 – 3,000 words, but the editors are open to considering articles of any length. Subject Line: Name, Article Submission, Issue and Year (e.g. “John Doe Article Submission Spring 2017 Issue”).  Please follow the same convention when naming the file.  Also, please indicate somewhere in your text whether you’re submitting your article for the special section spotlighting challenges and innovation.  Lastly, please adhere to the latest edition of The Bluebook when formatting your footnotes.

About the author

Reference Librarian, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University