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Law Student Publication Guide

About this Guide

This guide includes resources to support law students interested in engaging with scholarly publishing.

The publication guide provides an overview of scholarly publishing, including reasons to publish, where to publish, the journal submission process, evaluating if your paper is publishable, copyright, authorship, journal indicators, improving access to publications, the emotional process of publishing, writing competition opportunities, and answers to frequently asked questions.

This guide list a number of resources, including books, articles, software, and more. These include topics like academic writing, note-taking, copyright, open access, collaborative authorship, and knowledge translation.

This guide includes a list of Canadian academic law journals. It describes the focus of each journal, includes access points, if they invite student submissions, and if they have a closed subscription model.

It includes a resource list of more guides to help you navigate legal scholarly publishing. It also links to the legal citation research guide for access to the McGill Guide and citation style support.

This guide also lists ways to find support, including library research help and writing help.

Book a Research Help Appointment

Research help is available for students, faculty, and staff of TMU with legal research questions.

For one-on-one assistance in refining a legal research topic, finding legal information, and using databases and other resources, book a research appointment. Currently, all Law Library research help appointments are being conducted virtually through Zoom. Email the law librarians or book a time directly in their calendars during office hours:

John Papadopoulos is available at, with bookable office hours
Lisa Levesque is available at, with bookable office hours
Sara Klein is available at, with bookable office hours

Email: for general inquiries, please email for assistance with accessing or using legal information resources and one of the Law Library staff will respond to you.

For the most recent service information during COVID-19, see the updates for students, instructors, and researchers.

Creative Commons License

This guide has been created by the Toronto Metropolitan University Library and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial International 4.0 License. You are free to adapt the content for non-commercial purposes but it must attribute Toronto Metropolitan University Library or Librarian Lisa Levesque.

Guide Last Updated

Date Updated: August 22, 2023