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Author Guidelines

Focus & Scope

The Lakehead Law Journal invites the submission of articles, case comments, book reviews, and book notes authored by students, academics, and legal practitioners. The LLJ considers submissions on a rolling basis and publishes two volumes per year. 

The LLJ seeks original, unpublished submissions on any topic in the legal field. Priority may be given to submissions that engage with (1) Aboriginal legal issues; (2) rural, northern, and small firm practice; and/or (3) natural resources and environmental law.


The LLJ prefers articles that are no longer than 7000 words, including footnotes. Submitted case comments should be no longer than 4000 words, including footnotes. Submitted book reviews and book notes should be no longer than 2000 words, including footnotes. Submissions of exceptional quality that vary from the preferred length may be considered for publication at the discretion of the Editorial Team.

The LLJ accepts electronic submissions. Authors can make electronic submissions by creating an Author account on this Online Journal System. Alternatively, if you would prefer to send your submission by email, please send your submission as a word document to the Lakehead Law Journal at 


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word.
  3. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the LLJ (eg. Articles), the text has had the author's name removed. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which is found in Microsoft Word's File menu.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and employs footnotes rather than endnotes.
  5. The text conforms to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (the "McGill Guide") with complete footnotes and pinpoints.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain original copyright and grant the LLJ first publication rights. Articles published in this open access journal are free to use, with proper attribution, for educational and non-commercial purposes.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.