Submit an Article

The DC Law Journal invites authors to submit articles and commentary on the laws and regulations of the District as well as law practice in the District. There are two categories: articles and practice commentary. Articles generally present and analyze laws which have been enacted by the District in a “this is how it is” format. Practice commentary presents practical insight in a “how to” format on advising clients on particular laws, implementation of particular laws, criticism of proposed laws or need for amendment of existing laws and court practice.

How to Submit

Manuscripts must be original and not currently under review elsewhere. If an article is scheduled for publication elsewhere, the author should clearly indicate this at the time of submission. Manuscripts must be accompanied by an abstract of 120 to 150 words and a 50 to 100 word biographical note introducing the contributor’s education background, current affiliations, research interests, recent publications and full contact details (email, phone, fax and postal).

Fill out the online form below. If you have any questions, please contact Nicholas G. Karambelas, Esq. at

Format for Submissions

All submissions must:

  • Be in English and submitted electronically (in Microsoft Word format).
  • Have Endnotes not footnotes.
  • Have References, if any, listed alphabetically at the end of the submission.
  • Contain an abstract.
  • Follow generally Chicago Manual of Style.

Requirements for Each Category of Submission


  • Manuscripts about 7,000 to 8,000 words.
  • Editors review and may edit or reject in their sole discretion.

 Practice Commentaries

  • Manuscripts about 2,000 to 4,000 words.
  • Editors review and may edit or reject in their sole discretion.

General Agreement

The DCLJ acquires the copyright to all works it publishes and has the right of first publication in any format including print and online.

Copyright Statement

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