Submissions & Membership

There are two ways to write for the IBLJ. The first and predominant way is to complete the write-on competition, which occurs every fall semester around late September or early October. The write-on is limited to University of Illinois College of Law students. People may also publish their work with the IBLJ as an outside writer through independent note submissions or article submissions.

Write-On Competition

All law students at the University of Illinois College of Law are allowed to participate in the write-on competition and are encouraged to do so. Typically, the editorial board will advertise the competition after five or six weeks of classes have elapsed in the fall semester. Students who sign up will receive the write-on prompt by email and participants will research and write on the topic over a short time period. After completing the write-on competition and following the form guidelines of the prompt, authors will be graded anonymously based on content, style, grammar, spelling, punctuation and citations. The IBLJ will accept between 4 and 10 writers, and may adjust that figure based on new or unforeseen developments. Writers are obligated to complete at least one 2,000 word article each semester, i.e. fall and spring.

Independent Note Submissions

The alternative route to publish with the IBLJ is to contact one of the editors or send an email to law-iblj@illinois.edu inquiring as to the possibility of submitting an article. The subject line of your email must include “Submission” or it will not be read. Generally, all articles with a legal and business focus will be considered. Articles accepted this way will be published in the IBLJ’s upcoming volume. Anyone is allowed to submit an article for publication, regardless of affiliation with the University of Illinois, including students, faculty and practitioners. Articles must be at least 2,000 words and conform to The Bluebook: A Uniformed System of Citation (20th ed.). Be advised that the best way to ensure your article is properly submitted is to confirm receipt with the editor-in-chief in addition to sending an email with the subject line “Submission” to law-iblj@illinois.edu.

Article Submissions

Students and faculty are also encouraged to submit articles to be posted on the home page of the IBLJ. Articles are less formal, shorter and more current than notes. Articles must be at least 800 words in length, but this requirement is negotiable depending on the type and timeliness of the article. IBLJ articles are published immediately and are on the pulse of legal, business and political events. To post an article, contact the editor-in-chief and send an email with the subject line “Submission” to law-iblj@illinois.edu.

Editing Policy

Our editors will use varying degrees of editing based on the specific needs of the piece. Our preference is to minimally edit authors’ work, but foreign language pieces and pieces with poor syntax and grammar will be heavily edited to ensure easy reading for readers.