The Second Draft is a peer-reviewed publication of the Legal Writing Institute dedicated to sharing ideas related to teaching legal research and writing. We aim to publish short, readable, lightly footnoted essays and articles—typically ranging from 1000 to 3000 words—that combine theory with practical experience and personal insight. We seek to publish a diverse range of pieces that reflects the diverse needs of the legal writing community. In particular, we strive to be a welcoming place for newer members of the community to have their voices heard.
We have three submission windows per year—January, May, and September—but we welcome articles and essays at any time. If you would like to submit a piece, or if you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for New Editorial Board Members
We are looking for up to three new editorial board members to join the journal and help us select and publish high-quality pieces related to teaching legal skills courses. We seek to have a diverse membership with a range of identities, backgrounds, and experiences. If you are interested in applying for membership, please email a current CV and a 1-page statement of interest to email@example.com. To help us keep track of the applications, please put your full name and “New Member Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications are due by Friday, December 2, 2022.
January 2023 Call for Submissions
We are currently accepting submissions for our January 2023 submission cycle. We welcome your short (usually within 1000-3000 words), readable, lightly-footnoted articles on topics related to best practices in teaching legal research and writing. We seek to publish a diverse range of pieces that reflects the diverse needs of our legal writing community. In particular, we strive to be a welcoming place for newer members of the community to have their voices heard. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The January submission cycle will remain open through January 15, 2023.
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