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Official Authorship Application: Requirements

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Our submission system for IE University students operates under an Officially Selected Authorship criterion. This entails that, in order to be featured in the print version of the IE Law Review, prospective authors must be selected by the Board on the basis of their Application.

For an Official Authorship application to be considered, prospective authors must adhere to the following set of criteria. Any submissions not following said criteria will be rejected without consideration.

What are the advantages of receiving Official Authorship status?
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I want to write for the Review, but I don't qualify to be an Officially Selected Author

NOTE OR ARTICLE?

WHICH OF THESE SHOULD I CHOOSE?

FORMAT

WHAT ARE THE BASIC FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS?

WHAT TO SUBMIT

REQUIRED SECTIONS

SELECTION CRITERIA

ON WHICH GROUNDS WILL MY MANUSCRIPT BE REVIEWED?

Selection Criteria

STRUCTURE

HOW WILL MY MANUSCRIPT LOOK IN ITS FINAL FORM?

HOW TO CHOOSE A TITLE

Pick a Topic

1. Find your Area of Interest

This should be an area of the law which you enjoy or want to pursue in the future. Avoid using fairly recent or developing areas, such as space law. E.g. "Employment Law".

111. Narrow your Focus

Decide which topic within your legal field interests you most, and start focusing your research around it. Be on the lookout for unresolved questions and potential future issues which aren't being considered. E.g. "Enforceability of non-compete agreements".

11. Conduct Preliminary Research

Read legal news, law review articles, recent cases, and judgments. The more you read, the better the understanding you will have of the area as a whole. Write down possible topic ideas as you progress with your research. E.g. "The Employment Law Review".

1v. Develop a Thesis

Once you have found an unanswered legal question, attempt to make it specific. Research various angles around it, until you find one which hasn't been explored yet. Make sure it is broad enough to influence your chosen field in a substantial matter, but specific enough to fit its conclusion within our established word limits. E.g. "Non-Compete Agreements and the Gig Economy: Balancing Worker Mobility and Innovation"

You Should...

Pick a topic that interests you.

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Choose topics that allow you to bring a new perspective to the field (even if the topic has been written about before)

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Conduct thorough research before you begin writing

You Should Not...

Pick a topic based on hypothetical scenarios

Look for a topic which supports your political beliefs or ideology

Pick a topic that has been extensively covered

Rush through the process of topic selection

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