Submission Guidelines

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For questions regarding content submissions, please email To submit, either email or upload your documents here. Submissions for our inaugural issue are due by Tuesday, August 31st at 11:59pm EDT.

MJLS Submission Requirements:

  • Each submission to the Michigan Journal of Law & Society must include the following items:
    • Content that conforms to MJLS’ inaugural theme
    • An abstract. 
    • Contact information for the manuscript’s author(s). 
    • A CV or resume for the manuscript’s author(s). 

Format of Manuscripts:

  • Submissions to the Michigan Journal of Law & Society should conform to the following guidelines: 
    • The entire document, including notes and references, should utilize 1-inch margins. The above-the-line body text and references should be 12 pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced. Footnotes may conform to Microsoft Word default fonts and spacing, and may be single-spaced.
    • The manuscript’s entire text should have no fewer than 10,000 and no more than 25,000 words (including Abstract, Methods, Title, References/Footnotes, and Figure Legends). MJLS seeks to publish a variety of different pieces with different disciplinary and substantive focuses. Similarly, MJLS seeks to publish content of varying lengths and will not penalize manuscript’s that fall near the 10,000 or 25,000 word limits.
    • The abstract should be no more than 450 words.
    • Documents should be submitted in unlocked Word format. 


  • The abstract should not include any references or footnotes and should serve as a general introduction to the topic. It should be a brief, non-technical summary of the main findings or arguments and their implications.


  • Text and writing style should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed. 2017). Citations should appear in footnotes and conform to either The Chicago Manual of Style or the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020). Footnotes that are submitted in Chicago-style will be converted to Bluebook format.

The Michigan Journal of Law & Society is a light-edit journal, meaning that authors are not required to accept MJLS’ stylistic suggestions. MJLS’ editing process will streamline and strengthen written work while reducing pressures to add citations or explanatory material, thus speeding up the process by which important scholarship can enter scholarly debate and inform the public consciousness.