The Second Draft

  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

 January 2021 Call for Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for our January 2021 submission cycle. We welcome short, readable, lightly footnoted articles on topics related to teaching legal research and writing. For this upcoming submission cycle, we are especially interested in articles about teaching in the time of coronavirus—from curriculum changes and remote-teaching ideas to things you learned working from home and how you stayed connected with colleagues and students. While we are particularly interested in submissions based on that theme, we are open to articles on any topic relating to legal skills pedagogy.

Scroll down to meet the The Second Draft's Editorial Board.  We are in the process of adding links to individual articles.  In the meantime, you can find all articles in The Second Draft by searching on our Publications page.

The Second Draft Editorial Board

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