Notes + Comments

A Note is a single piece of scholarship, approximately 30–35 pages, that is published in the print version of the Journal. A Comment is a shorter piece, approximately 15–20 pages, that is published in the Journal’s online publication, Caveat

Associate Editors are required to write a Note or Comment of publishable quality during their time on the Journal. Each Note and Comment must explore a legal issue and propose a novel reform to resolve that issue. Writing original scholarship provides Journal members with a unique opportunity to contribute to critical conversations about pressing legal problems and encourages them to think critically about how the law can and should be reformed. 

The Journal accepts Notes and Comments from:

  • Current Journal members, including members of the Managing Editorial Board and Notes Office
  • Journal alumni who submit within one year of graduation
    • After that year, alumni may not submit to the Notes Office but may submit to the Articles Office and to the Online Office.
  • Michigan Law 2Ls and 3Ls

Current students and recent graduates who have published a Note or Comment with the Journal may submit a second piece for publication, but the selection committee will prioritize pieces by authors who have not yet published with the Journal

Submission Process

To be considered for publication in the Journal or Caveat, Notes and Comments must be submitted to jlr-notesubmissions@umich.edu by 11:59 p.m. ET on the applicable call date (see below). Late submissions will not be accepted or considered. Each submission must contain:

  1. A Note or Comment, which must contain a title, abstract, introduction, conclusion, and appropriate structure (i.e., Parts I, II, and III);
  2. A short paragraph summarizing the scholarship already published on the topic and how the submission adds to, or is distinguished from, this literature;
  3. A list of names of any Journal members who may recognize the work or topic; and
  4. A preemption check (only applicable to current Journal members).

Call Dates for Volume 55

March 24, 2021
April 21, 2021
Other dates TBD

If you have any questions about Notes and Comments submission or selection, please contact the Managing Notes Editor.