NLG Review Submission Guidelines

The NLG Review (NLGR) is the Guild’s law journal, which publishes timely, insightful articles that address and respond to the interests and needs of the progressive legal and activist communities. Our readership includes lawyers, scholars, legal workers, jailhouse lawyers, and activists. The NLGR board is composed of an inter-generational group of Guild members, including attorneys, law professors, and legal workers.

Submission Guidelines

We encourage authors to write articles in language accessible to both legal professionals and non-experts. Submissions that minimize legal jargon are especially encouraged. Citations should appear as endnotes and follow Bluebook style (20th Edition). Citations should identify sources completely and accurately. Lengthy textual commentary and string cites are discouraged.

Though we are open to manuscripts of any length, articles typically run about 7,000 words. Pages in issues of NLGR generally contain about 350 words. Book reviews of timely and relevant manuscripts are also accepted.

Submission Process

Submit your manuscript in Microsoft Word format via email to NLGR Executive Editor Michael Drake at Include a short sentence or two describing your professional affiliation, background, and area(s) of legal specialization. This description will appear with the article if it is accepted for publication. Please also include a phone number and ground mail address.

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the NLGR’s editorial board. If accepted, manuscripts will be edited, and the edited manuscripts will be returned to the author for review; however, because of production schedules, late changes are prohibited and authors generally do not see typeset proofs. We make every effort to clear any changes with the author.

If you have any questions about submissions or the review process, please email


The NLG Review is also accepting art submissions by members and organizing partners who are also artists, to be featured as future NLGR cover designs and inside the review. Please indicate if you intend the submission to be a cover design, as a standalone feature, or if the artwork can be used to included to accompany articles. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions about submissions, please email