One of the distinctive traditions of American law schools is the student-edited law review. The UNT Dallas College of Law recognizes the important benefits that such journals have for students and the law school community: extensive writing and editing experience; interaction with practitioners and scholars on legal issues; intensive collaborative work with peers; and the personal, academic, and professional development gained through the intellectual and practical challenges of producing a publication.
Currently, over 800 student-edited law journals are published. Most follow the format of publishing, in each issue, a few primary articles by law professors (and, to a lesser extent, judges and practitioners), with several student-authored papers. The journals are the primary source for the academic publications of the legal professoriate, and the content, scope, and length of articles tends to reflect this.
Given this backdrop, the College of Law aims to start and support journals that provide a unique contribution while retaining, for students, the benefits of student-led journals.
The UNT Dallas College of Law will publish two journals: the Practice Series, and the Civic Series. These journals will be student-led publications with active boards of advisors drawn from the faculty, the practicing bar, and the civic community. The journals will be electronic and will be published in a digital repository format that aims at wide accessibility, including papers in downloadable format, for the practicing bar and for the civic community.
We will publish two student-led journals providing a unique contribution.
The details of governance, publication, student membership, and advisory contributions will be specified in bylaws of each journal. In general, students will be eligible for membership on the journals after completion of their first year; selection will be by application and by demonstrated ability and interest.
The Practice Series will focus on contributing to the practice of law and the legal profession. It will publish papers of high quality on topics of value to the practicing bar and the judiciary. Through the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association, lawyers and judges benefit greatly from a tradition of excellence in Continuing Legal Education programs and the papers that come from these programs. Likewise, nationally renowned entities such as the ABA, ALI-ABA, and the Practicing Law Institute produce programming and articles of great value to the practicing legal community. The Practice Series will not seek to replicate the work of these entities, but will aim to make distinctive and high-quality contributions relevant to practitioners and judges across a wide span of practice areas.
The Civic Series will focus on contributing to civic education. It will publish papers of excellent quality, accessible to a wide range of audiences, aimed at civic education relating to law, legal institutions, and our community. As stated by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, “[a] socially cohesive and economically vibrant US democracy...require[s] informed, engaged, open-minded, and socially responsible people committed to the common good and practiced in ‘doing’ democracy.... Civic learning needs to be an integral component of every level of education, from grade school through graduate school, across all fields of study.”
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