Submission Guidelines

The University of Michigan Law School’s Hutchins Hall at night

For questions regarding content submissions, please email To submit, either email Submissions for our second issue are due by Monday, August 15 at 11:59pm EDT.

MJLS is accepting Student Scholarship and Book Reviews for its Second Issue. MJLS is no longer accepting Articles at this time.

Student Scholarship

To apply, please send the following materials to by February 1, 2023, with “MJLS Student Scholarship Submission” in the subject line:

  • A 3,000-8,000-word essay that conforms to MJLS’s theme of Law & Social Movements
  • Acceptable scholarship includes everything from well-researched op-eds to historiographical essays. In this context, it will be published as student scholarship, not a peer-reviewed publication.

Book Reviews

To apply, please send the following materials to by August 15, 2022, with “MJLS Book Review Submission” in the subject line:

  • An abstract of no more than 450 words.
  • Contact information for the book review’s author(s).
  • A CV or resume for the book review’s author(s). 
  • A 1,000-2,000-word book review that conforms to MJLS’s theme of Law & Social Movements
  • The book being reviewed should have been published within the last 0-3 years. 

Format of Submissions:

  • 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 (or equivalent font), double-spaced. Footnotes may conform to Microsoft Word default fonts and spacing, and may be single-spaced.
    • Documents should be submitted in unlocked Word format. 


  • 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’s stylistic suggestions. MJLS’s 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.