Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs (JLPA)  submissions page. The journal is currently accepting new submissions for Volume 7. 

As the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s newest journal, JLPA provides a novel forum for scholarship that responds to pressing policy issues with solutions that are both thought-provoking and reasonable. JLPA is designed to serve as a research tool for policymakers, practitioners, judges, academics, students, and all interested readers. JLPA publishes articles at the intersection of law and public policy, at the international, federal, state, and local levels of government.

For Volume 5, JLPA published articles that addressed topics such as: legalization of marijuana; new frameworks for analyzing incendiary speech; regulation and stereotypes about addication; and the interaction between gun laws and mental illness. JLPA’s Spring 2020 Symposium focused on issues of affordable housing, poverty, and race. JLPA is currently in the process of publishing Volume 6 during the 2020-2021 academic year

Past contributors have included: Saxby Chambliss (Former U.S. Senator); Hank Johnson (U.S. Representative); Kassim Reed (Former Mayor of Atlanta); Stephen Goldsmith (Former Mayor of Indianapolis); Jonathan Macey (Yale Law School); Cary Coglianese (University of Pennsylvania Law School); Kermit Roosevelt Ill (University of Pennsylvania Law School); Samuel Estreicher (New York University Law School); Rogers M. Smith (University of Pennsylvania); and Philip K. Howard (Founder of Common Good and Senior Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP). 

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Submission Guidelines: 

We strongly prefer articles under 35,000 words (including footnotes). We ask that authors include a brief, publishable Abstract as well as a Table of Contents. Submissions must also be accompanied by the author’s Curriculum Vitae. 

All submissions must be in Microsoft Word format and conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015). 

JLPA accepts submissions via Scholastica and ExpressO. We also accept submissions via e-mail to

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Discussion Submissions


Interested parties may submit responses to any JLPA discussion that has been opened to the public.  Each response submission should be between 350 and 500 words with at least two citations supporting the author’s proposition. Authors may only submit responses through the JLPA  website at the link below.

Alternatively, authors may elect to reply to a response already posted the discussion page. Each reply submission should be approximately 250 to 350 words with at least two citations supporting the author’s proposition.  Authors may only submit replies through the JLPA link below. Citations must be included as footnotes that conform to the standards set forth by the 20th edition of the Bluebook.”

Volume 7 – OPEN

Volume 6 –  CLOSED

Volume 5 –  CLOSED

Volume 4 –  CLOSED

Volume 3 –   CLOSED

Volume 2 –   CLOSED

Volume 1 –  CLOSED