Student Submissions

Student Note Requirements

The Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) is committed to publishing cutting-edge, provocative, and thoughtful scholarship at the forefront of international, comparative, and transnational law. The Journal publishes works that include international, comparative, or transnational elements as an intrinsic part of the central legal argument.

YJIL does not publish pieces that confront solely the domestic law of one nation-state or articles on the topic of foreign actors in a domestic legal context, such as United States immigration law. The goal of the Journal, furthermore, is to publish new ideas and viewpoints rather than to summarize areas of international law. YJIL aims to provide a forum for a broad diversity of opinion.

Student Note Format and Length

All manuscripts should be submitted in English with both text and footnotes typed and text double-spaced. Footnotes must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.), and authors should be prepared to supply any cited sources upon request.

We particularly welcome the submission of Notes under 15,000 words (including footnotes). Notes above 17,500 words are strongly discouraged. These guidelines will be a factor in consideration for publication. While the Journal is a general interest publication, we presume that most readers will have at least a basic understanding of key ideas in the field of international law and encourage authors to cite to these basic tenets with footnotes rather than extensive exposition.

Author Eligibility

Only current Yale Law School J.D. and LL.M. candidates may submit pieces for consideration as Notes. Law students outside of Yale University are not eligible to publish through the Yale Journal of International Law.

Submitting Student Notes to YJIL

Notes may be submitted during either of the two submissions review cycles, which occur in early January and early June. Please send submissions to YJIL Notes.

Please include the following documents in Microsoft Word format (.doc):

1. A copy of your Note with all identifying information removed from the text. Please place the word count in the beginning of the text and label the document as follows:

[Last 4 Digits of Your Student ID].YJIL_Note.[Drop Date].doc

(e.g., 7788.YJIL_Note.June_16.doc).


2.  (Optional, but encouraged) A preemption memo of two pages or less with all identifying information removed from the text. The memo should address the originality and significance of the submission.

Please label the document as follows:

[Last 4 Digits of Your Student ID].YJIL_Memo.[Drop Date].doc

(e.g., 7788.YJIL_Memo.June_16.doc).


3.   A Personal Information Sheet, including:

  • Your name
  • The last four digits of your student ID number
  • The title of your note
  • The word count
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number

Please label the document as follows:

[Last 4 Digits of Your Student ID].YJIL_Infosheet.[Drop Date].doc

(e.g. 7788.YJIL_Infosheet.June_16.doc).

Editorial Review Process

YJIL is distinguished among international law journals for its thoughtful, professional editorial review process. In addition to rigorous cite-checking and Bluebooking, all Notes selected for publication receive two rounds of substantive feedback in the form of “edit letters” (usually around five to six pages each in length) containing the Editorial Board’s suggestions for further honing the author’s argument and improving the structure and development of the piece. Nevertheless, our authors retain full control over the final content of their work, and all comments and suggestions offered by YJIL’s Editors are optional.