Submission Guidelines for Discourse

Submissions for Volume 68 are currently closed. Submissions for Volume 69 will be accepted starting February 2021

Discourse publishes shorter articles, response pieces to articles previously published in the UCLA Law Review and Discourse, book reviews, interdisciplinary work, and empirical studies.  Submissions to Discourse are considered on a rolling basis and, if accepted, have an expedited production schedule.  Like our print journal, Discourse articles are published on Westlaw, Lexis, and in other legal databases.

Discourse especially seeks to publish work from historically marginalized communities that is accessible to non-lawyers and individuals impacted by legal systems.  Discourse invites essays, reflections, public remarks, and any non-traditional submissions, including submissions in languages other than English.  Discourse strongly encourages authors to use person-first language in submissions.

Though we do accept submissions from students from all schools, please do not submit student comments or notes that are more appropriate for a print journal.

How to Submit

Send the manuscript and your CV to lrcee@lawnet.ucla.edu.  Ideal submissions are between 3,000 and 5,000 words, though shorter works will be considered, particularly if they are in non-traditional formats; submissions over 10,000 words will not be reviewed.  Please follow these guidelines in your manuscript:

  • The thesis or mission of the work should be stated clearly, briefly, and promptly.
  • Footnotes preferably follow the Bluebook citation format.
  • The manuscript should be lightly footnoted.  Avoid extensive text in footnotes, more than one citation per footnote, and multiple parallel citations.
  • Citations to sources available online should include clickable URLs.
The Publishing Process

Discourse articles undergo two rounds of editing, during which the text is carefully cite-checked and reviewed for citation format accuracy.  The author retains the right to make final decisions about the work. The average time from the article selection to publication is eight to ten weeks, although we strive to publish selected pieces as quickly as possible.