The Journal of Law and Social Problems (JLSP) is excited to announce its new law blog, The Common Law, a general interest online publication that exclusively publishes works by student authors.
The aims of The Common Law are twofold: to promote student participation in ongoing legal debates, and to contribute to building legal literacy in relation to current events. Too often, media coverage of legal issues misrepresents the law or simply misses the legal point of an outcome. Law students occupy a natural intermediary position between the public and legal scholars, whose academic writing can be inaccessible to a general audience.
While The Common Law publishes works addressing various legal issues, its central features are the Round Table and Legal Education series. Round Table aims to encourage debate by organizing divergent viewpoints on a core theme: for example, the inaugural series on the 64@50 reading group. Legal Education is a forum for reflections on and proposals for legal education reform, including pedagogy, curricular development and structural critique.
Students who contribute to The Common Law have the opportunity to begin exploring a specialized niche and reach an audience beyond the law school. We welcome pieces on all areas of legal theory and practice, including those that challenge traditional boundaries of legal writing.
The Common Law accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Students may propose new pieces or submit previously written original work, including seminar papers. To stay up to date on new pieces, follow us on Facebook!