The Georgia State University Law Review is a legal journal published by law students who show superior academic skills. Our staff selects and publishes articles by academics, practitioners, and student members. The Law Review also hosts an annual Symposium to bring students and academics together to discuss new or developing areas of the law.
Each fall issue of the Law Review features Peach Sheets, an in-depth view of new bills passed in Georgia. It is the state’s only legislative history. The winter and spring issues feature articles from scholars on new legal issues. These issues also publish selected student notes written by Law Review members. Finally, the summer issue features shorter articles focusing on the topic of the Law Review’s annual Symposium.
Georgia State University College of Law students become members of Law Review by invitation based on exceptional academic standing, or performance in a rigorous annual writing competition. Students are eligible for Law Review after they have completed their required first-year classes (for part and full-time students, when you receive your first ranking).
Every student on Law Review must devote four consecutive semesters to the journal. The Law Review board may grant at least four waivers for students who are graduating three semesters after joining Law Review, with the understanding that those students may have extra work to complete during the summer before graduation.
We recommend students also browse Law Reviews in the library to see what a student note looks like.
Law Review Selection
- Ten students receive invitations based solely on academic standing. Invitations are extended to the next eligible student in the event that a student declines the invitation.
- Students who receive invitations do not have to participate in the summer writing competition.
- The remaining invitations are sent to interested students based on their performance in the writing competition, as described below.
Selection for the remaining slots will be based on the following:
- The authors of the top 10 articles from the writing competition receive invitations to join the Law Review.
- The remaining 10-20 invitations are sent based on a combination of grades and writing ability. Both components are given equal weight.
- All students in the writing competition, except for the authors of the top 10 articles, are assigned two ranks. First, they are put in order based on their class rank. For example, if there are thirty students in the competition, they are ranked 1-30. Second, these students are ranked in order of their writing quality. Remaining slots will be offered to those students with the best overall ranking.
Transfer Student Eligibility
Transfer students can only make Law Review by receiving one of the top ten written submissions in the writing competition.
Transfer students should contact the student writing editor at StudentWritingEditor@gsu.edu for complete information about the summer write-on competition.
Other information (Attn: Part-Time Students)
The Law Review hosts a symposium every spring. The symposiums allow students, faculty, scholars and legal professionals to discuss how changes in the law will impact case outcomes.
Check this section for more information about the 2020 symposium.
- copies are distributed at or below cost,
- the author and the Law Review are identified, and
- proper notice of the copyright appears on each copy.
If the author retains the copyrights, permission to copy must be obtained directly from the author.
The preferred method of submission is through Scholastica.
Authors may also send submissions to ArticlesEditor@gsu.edu. Unsolicited manuscripts sent by mail are not returned unless the author provides a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Below are details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Georgia State University Law Review.
- Please include an abstract with your manuscript.
- Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
- Write your article in English (unless the journal expressly permits non-English submissions).
- Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, RTF, or PDF files are accepted).
- Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
- All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
- Single space your text.
- Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
- Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
- Footnotes—10 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
- If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
- Copy-edit your manuscript.
- When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification
Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations, theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.
Don’t “widow” or “orphan” text (i.e., ending a page with the first line of a paragraph or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph).
All text should be left-justified (i.e., flush with the left margin—except where indented). Where possible, it should also be right-justified (i.e., flush with the right margin). “Where possible” refers to the quality of the justification. For example, LaTeX and TeX do an excellent job of justifying text. Word does a reasonable job. But some word processors do a lousy job (e.g., they achieve right justification by inserting too much white space within and between words). We prefer flush right margins. However, it is better to have jagged right margins than to have flush right margins with awkward intra- and inter-word spacing. Make your decision on whichever looks best.
Language & Grammar
Authors should use proper, standard English grammar. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (now in its fourth edition) is the “standard” guide, but other excellent guides (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press) exist as well.
Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to “accept all changes” in track changes or set your document to “normal” in final markup.)
Main Text Font faces & size
Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Times or the closest comparable font available. If you desire a second font, for instance for headings, use a sans serif font (e.g., Arial or Computer Modern Sans Serif).
The main body of text should be set in 12pt. Avoid the use of fonts smaller than 6pt.
The hierarchy for ordering the references is:
- Last name of first author
- First name of first author
- Last name of second author (if any). Co-authored work is listed after solo-authored work by the same first author (e.g., Edlin, Aaron S. would precede Edlin, Aaron S. and Stefan Reichelstein).
- First name of second author
- Publication date
- Order cited in text
The information to be given with each citation in the references is as follows:
Articles in traditional journals:
Required: Author’s (authors’) name(s), title of article, name of journal, year of publication (or “n.d.” if no date), volume number, page numbers.
Optional (but desirable): issue number and month/season of publication. For forthcoming (in press) articles, put expected year of publication and substitute “forthcoming” for the volume and page numbers.
Optional(but desirable): A hyperlink to the article.
Required: Author’s (authors’) name(s), title of book, year of publication (or “n.d.” if no date), publisher, publisher’s address, edition (if not first). For forthcoming (in press) books, put expected year of publication and add “forthcoming.”
Chapters in collections or anthologies:
Required: Name(s) of author(s) of chapter, name(s) of editor(s) of book, title of chapter, title of book, year of publication (or “n.d.” if no date), publisher, publisher’s address, and edition (if not first). For forthcoming (in press) books, put expected year of publication and add “forthcoming.”
Required: Author’s (authors’) name(s), title of working paper, year (or “n.d.” if no date), location (e.g., “Department of Economics Working Paper, University of California, Berkeley” or “Author’s web site: http://www.someurl.edu/author.” If the working paper is part of series, then the series name and the number of the working paper within the series must also be given.
Required: Author’s (authors’) name(s), title of work, year (or “n.d.” if no date), and information about how the reader could obtain a copy.
Within the references section, the citations can be formatted as you like, provided (i) the formatting is consistent and (ii) each citation begins with the last name of the first author. That is, the following would all be acceptable:
Smith, Adam (1776) The Wealth of Nations, . . .
Smith, A., The Wealth of Nations, . . . , 1776.
Smith, Adam: The Wealth of Nations, 1776, . . .
Use hanging indents for citations (i.e., the first line of the citation should be flush with the left margin and all other lines should be indented from the left margin by a set amount). Citations should be single-spaced with extra space between citations.
When works by the same author are listed in a row, use — instead of writing the name again. Hence, one might have
Smith, Adam: The Wealth of Nations, . . .
—: The Theory of Moral Sentiments, . . .
Similarly, instead of repeating two names use
“— and —.”
Edlin, A. and S. Reichelstein (1995) . . . — and — (1996) . . .
Within the text of your manuscript, use the author-date method of citation. For instance,
“As noted by Smith (1776).”
When there are two authors, use both last names. For instance,
“Edlin and Reichelstein (1996) claim . . . “<
If there are three or more authors give the last name of the first author and append et al. For instance, a 1987 work by Abel, Baker, and Charley, would be cited as
“Abel et al. (1987).”
If two or more cited works share the same authors and dates, use “a,” “b,” and so on to distinguish among them. For instance,
“Jones (1994b) provides a more general analysis of the model introduced in Example 3 of Jones (1994a)
After the first cite in the text using the author-date method, subsequent cites can use just the last names if that would be unambiguous. For example, Edlin and Reichelstein (1996) can be followed by just Edlin and Reichelstein provided no other Edlin & Reichelstein article is referenced; if one is, then the date must always be attached.
When citations appear within parentheses, use commas—rather than parentheses or brackets—to separate the date from the surrounding text. For instance,
” …(see Smith, 1776, for an early discussion of this).”
Tables and Figures
Short mathematical expressions should be typed inline. Longer expressions should appear as display math. Also expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as the fractions) should be set as display math. Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.
Equations should be numbered sequentially. Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, you are expected to be consistent in this.
Symbols and notation in unusual fonts should be avoided. This will not only enhance the clarity of the manuscript, but it will also help insure that it displays correctly on the reader’s screen and prints correctly on her printer. When proofing your document under PDF pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other than standard fonts.
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