Submissions

Sua Sponte invites articles addressing issues of inequality in law and society. Articles are considered for their focus on issues of inequality, novelty, substantive merit, professional interest, appeal to readers both within and outside the legal profession, clarity, timeliness, and style, with a preference for shorter pieces in a style easy to read online.

Opinions expressed in Sua Sponte are those of the contributors and are not the views of Sua Sponte, Law & Inequality, its editors and staff, or the University of Minnesota Law School.

Please submit articles for consideration on Sua Sponte via Scholastica.


Submission Guidelines

General Submissions:

  • Pieces under 4,000 words are given preference.
  • We allow for student submissions to Sua Sponte. Only law and graduate students will be considered.
  • We welcome interdisciplinary submissions.
  • Submissions should use Bluebook citation style.
  • We publish articles in the traditional legal format; however, we also welcome pieces in less traditional forms–e.g., fiction, essays, letters.

Case Comments and Legal Responses to Current Events

To preserve the timeliness of time-sensitive articles, we request that submissions of case comments and legal responses to current events be under 2,500 words.

Goals of Online Publishing:

  • Increase access to academic discourse on law and inequality by providing a more accessible forum and style;
  • Increase opportunities to remain novel, timely, and responsive to current issues by providing a shorter publishing process;
  • Diversify the articles, structures, and ideas that we publish by including more student, humanities, and narrative works;
  • Increase representation of JLI membership and alumni articles.

Process to Publish Online:

  1. Digital Articles Editors will review article submissions for publication criteria
  2. Editors will provide substantive and technical feedback to improve online readability. Editors ensure novelty and timeliness by conducting a literature search on the topic.
  3. Authors submit a final draft. Authors are free to accept or decline the Editors’ recommendations.
  4. Final drafts are submitted with Author’s website content choices: Graphic header; Preferred Categories and Tags; Related news links; etc.
  5. Final drafts are cite-checked:
    1. Managing Editors review the article to ensure adequate substantive support.
    2. Staffers obtain article sources and edit for technical and substantive accuracy.
    3. Managing Editors do a consolidated technical and substantive cite check.
    4. Executive Editor reviews editor and staffer edits and returns a pdf, redlined copy to the author.
    5. The author has five days to reply to the Executive Editor with his or her edits.
    6. Journal Editors complete a final proof of the article.

Copyright Information

The author or authors of an article featured on this site retain copyright to the article. Law and Inequality is licensed to authorize the reproduction of the articles featured on this site. To use or to reproduce an article or any portion of an article, please request permission by emailing Law and Inequality at lawineqj@umn.edu.