School of Law

The Leeds Journal of Law & Criminology

Call for papers

The student-run Leeds Journal of Law and Criminology seeks to showcase the excellent work of law and criminology students at Leeds and further afield.

The editorial team wishes to invite you to consider submitting a paper for the second edition of the journal. It is again hoped to publish a number of essays across a range of different areas, within both law and criminology. The call for submissions is ongoing.

If you have achieved a mark of 70 or above for your dissertation, your excellent performance will grant you the guarantee of having two members of the Editorial Board review your submission.

We are also particularly interested in publishing short case notes on English, EU or international cases.

If you are interested in making a submission, please note the requirements below:

  1. The word limit is 10,000 (including footnotes), there is no minimum word limit.
  2. Referencing should be either in the Harvard or OSCOLA style. The correct style depends on whether your submission is a law (OSCOLA) or criminology (Harvard) paper.
  3. A full bibliography should be included.
  4. The submission should be accompanied by a short abstract (of around 200 words) and a list of keywords.
  5. The title of your submission should be your own. The title should not be that of your lecturer who set an essay question specific to their module.
  6. When looking to try and trim down a paper to come under the word limit, it should be borne in mind that the most important qualities that the Editorial Board are looking for are clarity of expression and originality of perspective. It is therefore useful to ask what aspect(s) of the paper evince this quality, and to trim down those parts that are not critical for a casual reader to be able to understand them.
  7. Submissions should we written with enough introductory or background information so that a non-expert in your field could fully understand your work.

Finally, and as is very common with submissions to academic journals, the board may request a degree of re-writing; and relevant law and research can also move on. It is therefore important to appreciate that getting published will likely involve an on-going commitment on the part of authors.

Submissions can be sent to the Editorial Board and Editor-in-Chief (Thomas Walklett) at The editors are happy to discuss any questions that you may have regarding submission.

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