Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

PROLAW Student Journal Guidelines for Contributors

Article Format

Articles must be submitted in a word document. A suggested title for your article would also be appreciated with the submission. Please do not use any formatting in your submission. Formatting will be applied during your article design by our editors.

Article Length Policy 

PROLAW Student Journal has a suggested range of words between 3,000 – 15,000 words, including footnotes. However, all submissions that are substantial scholarly work and are in furtherance of the mission of the PROLAW Student Journal will be considered.

Manuscript Standards

  1. Manuscripts should adhere to the following guidelines:
  2. Please conform text and citations to the Bluebook.  We are unlikely to accept submissions that substantially deviate from Bluebook form; Footnotes should conform to the 20th edition of The Bluebook
  3. Please provide a cover letter including your name, credentials, school or affiliation, title of your manuscript, and contact details; and
  4. We encourage the provision of an abstract with the submission.


All articles must be submitted via e-mail to prolawjournal@luc.edu and should be attached as a Word or plain text document.

Copyright Policy

By submitting an article to the PROLAW Student Journal, the contributor is insuring that he/she is the rightful owner of the content provided without plagiarism. The PROLAW Student Journal adheres to all national and international copyright laws. By submitting an article, the contributor is also granting permission for its use in the Journal. However, contributing authors retain all copyrights to their individual works.

Editing and Editorial Policy

Submitted articles may require a modest degree of editing to comply with the Bluebook referencing style, length requirements, grammar, organization, syntax, and clarity. We believe that our authors make their arguments most effectively when they speak in their own voice. With this in mind, our Faculty Director and Editorial Team will make every effort to limit proposed changes to those that substantially improve or clarify the author’s argument. Likewise, when editing, we will act in good faith to preserve the intended work. We will, as far as practicable, notify authors of all significant edits and seek prior approval before publication.

  1. All authors who submit articles to The PROLAW Student Journal agree to the following:
  2. All editing will be made at the discretion of the PROLAW Student Journal regarding length, citation style, grammar, organization, syntax, and clarity;
  3. Article publication and placement are at the sole discretion of the PROLAW Student Journal;
  4. Every submission to the PROLAW Student Journal is a grant of full, yet non-exclusive rights to publish submission in our Journal both now and in the future; and
  5. Acceptance of these terms is a precondition of publication by the PROLAW Student Journal


The PROLAW Student Journal is not able to compensate writers. However, the inclusion of your name, credentials, school or affiliation, which will be displayed with your article to our wide readership, provides a degree of promotion in exchange for your article


PROLAW Student Journal accepts submissions on a continual basis and will use them as soon as possible, which might not be the next issue. However, articles to be considered for publication must generally be submitted no later than the 15th August each year of publication. In any given year, the Faculty Director and Editorial team reserve the right to extend deadline, especially to accommodate internal contributors or current PROLAW students. This allows our editing and design department ample time to plan Journal layout.

Review Process

The PROLAW Journal thoughtfully considers all articles and manuscripts that it receives. The selection method entails two major stages of review which include but are not limited to compliance with the recommended format, the subject matter and its relevance. Additionally, every submission undergoes an additional evaluation phase that includes a preemption check and a vote.


The PROLAW Student Journal does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the quality, completeness, reliability or usefulness of any information, represented within our Journal. The information provided is for educational purposes only.

Persons using the information provided by the said Journal do so at their own risk, and by using such information agree to indemnify the PROLAW Student Journal from any and all liability, loss, injury, damages, costs and expenses (including legal fees and expenses) arising from such use.


The views and opinions of the authors who have submitted articles to the PROLAW Student Journal do not necessarily reflect the views of the PROLAW Student Journal, Faculty Director or Editorial Team.


All potential contributors/writers shall as a matter of policy/curtesy, be notified of the Editorial Board’s decision to publish their articles or written work/manuscript. In this regard, the board shall also communicate to the writer the publication date and link(s).