Every law school has at least one student-edited journal, and many have multiple journals. With editors turning over every year, it is imperative they receive high-quality training materials available both when they assume their positions and throughout their terms. Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers has contracted with Carolina Academic Press to publish A Manual for Law Review Editors, a comprehensive treatise for student editors that will feature topics ranging from editor selection to critical business aspects associated with running the review.
The manual will also help professors and librarians who serve as faculty advisors or run classes for law review editors. Scribes will produce an accompanying website with videos, sample documents, and exercises. We are seeking chapter authors to contribute to the book and the website. We will also recruit outgoing and recent law review editors to contribute materials for the website. In addition, Scribes is launching a comprehensive survey of law reviews and will share the results with chapter authors and law reviews that participate or purchase an annual license to the website. We plan to include the following chapters, but are open to other ideas.
•How law journals are different from academic journals in other fields/overarching editor responsibilities
•Common editor positions and their roles and responsibilities
•Different ways editors are selected
•Ways in which law review candidates are selected
•Orientation and training programs for editors, new staff members, and returning staff members
•Lead (non-student) article selections
•Working with student authors
•Overview of the editing process: Substantive and technical editing
•Working with faculty advisors and law school staff
•Working with law librarians
•Academic credit—grades, accreditation standards, and school policies
•Ethical issues editors might face
•Publicizing the law review (e.g., website, podcasts, social media)
Chapter proposals should be prepared in Word and include the following:
• The author’s name, institutional affiliation, and experience with law reviews;
• A brief description of the proposed topic and outline of the chapter (approximately
• The author’s expertise on the topic (approximately 100–300 words);
• An anticipated word count (chapters should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words,
depending upon subject matter);
• Whether the author would also like submit content to the accompanying website,
with a brief description of the anticipated contribution (video, training materials,
Proposal deadline: January 15, 2021.
Submit proposals to Dean Darby Dickerson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Professor Brooke
Bowman (email@example.com) with the subject line, “Law Review Editor Chapter
The completed manuscript is due to the publisher in September 2021, and the book will be
published in March 2022. Chapter drafts will be due no later than April 2, 2021, and we
will work with chapter authors on individual revisions schedules that should conclude by
early August 2021.
We look forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to reach out to Darby or Brooke with