Becoming a Lawyer Column Submission Guidelines

Most issues of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Journal include the Becoming a Lawyer column. The column is a forum for law students to discuss and reflect on their experiences as they pursue their law degree – the ups and downs of getting into law school, the demanding curriculum, the pressures on their lives outside of class, their internships and anything else that, in their view, is a part of their law school experience.

We welcome submissions from all students in accredited law schools, within New York State and beyond. Undergraduates who are planning to attend or applying to law school and lawyers in the first year of their professional careers are also invited to contribute.

Submissions should be 600 to 800 words, although longer pieces will be considered, space permitting. In most cases, we are not able to consider any submission longer than 1,500 words. Alternate formats such as question-and-answer may be accepted in some cases.

All articles must be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word files. Do not underline any text; use italics instead. We do not use footnotes or endnotes for the Becoming a Lawyer column, so any necessary citations should be incorporated into the text of the column.

While we do welcome personal stories, we prefer that writers refrain from name-checking other individuals. We recognize the importance of academic and personal mentors, but have determined that the Becoming a Lawyer column is generally not an appropriate forum in which to thank those individuals.

Once a submission is accepted, we consider it final, subject to copy editing and factual review as appropriate. If we believe that substantive changes are necessary, we will review them with contributors. We will not consider for publication material that has been published or is pending for publication in other media.

We generally include a photo and capsule biography of each contributor. Contributors should submit via email a high-resolution (300dpi or greater) headshot and biographical info, including social media identities, along with column submissions.

We prefer that Journal contributors be members of NYSBA, although membership is not required. Please note that NYSBA membership is offered at no charge to law students and attorneys in their first year of practice.

The Journal is published nine times per year and mailed to all NYSBA members. Journal content may be used in the NYSBA Weekly content email blast to members, on the NYSBA website, and in other settings.

For copyright purposes, submitted material becomes the property of the New York State Bar Association.

For more information, or to submit an article, please contact the production editors at [email protected]