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The Law and Society Review is co-edited by Jeannine Bell, Susan Sterett, and Margot Young.  Jeannine Bell is Richard S. Melvin Professor at Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Bloomington and is a nationally-recognized scholar in the areas of policing and hate crime. Her research touches on political science and law.  Her newest book is Hate Thy Neighbour: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing (2013).  Susan Sterett is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech.  She has written about constitutionalism as a professional project, and law and social welfare.  Most recently she has written about law, disaster and governing people out of place, including in a 2015 article in Law and Policy.  Margot Young is Professor at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.  She is published in the areas of constitutional law, equality law and theory, and housing rights, and works actively with a variety of equality-seeking and environmental justice organizations.  A recent co-editorship is Reflections Of Canada: Illuminating our Opportunities and Challenges at 150+ Years (2017).

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How to Tell When to Send Your Paper into a Journal

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A group of faculty and graduate students in the Five College Seminar in Legal Studies in Western Massachusetts talked on a beautiful Friday afternoon about submitting a manuscript to a journal, something that feels so scary to some people they won’t do it. Other people send things in readily, and have tricks to manage any difficulties. If you don’t send it in, you won’t get it in the conversations you want to be part of. The academic conversation will be the worse for it. Still, how do you know? Especially because we are often the harshest judges of our work. Here are some alternatives the group came up with:
When an advisor, or colleague, or coauthor says it’s time;When you have gathered feedback on your work at a conference or working group and revised;When you’ve checked that it fits with the structure and format of articles in the journal you want to send it to, and it engages issues the journal engages;When you can’t stand to look at it any…

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A Brief Guide to Reading, Writing, and Giving Feedback in Socio-Legal Studies

By: Mark Fathi Massoud This piece first appeared in the Centre for Law and Society. LSR is grateful for the opportunity to reprint this post.


Part of researching and writing well in the field of socio-legal studies is reading well. Reading well involves annotating everything that you read. Each article, book or book section that you read must be “imPECCable” –

P is for Purpose: Ask yourself, what is the author’s purpose in writing this piece? Who is the audience? This objective is usually stated almost immediately in a piece of writing, usually in a preface or abstract or introduction.

E is for Evidence: What evidence does the author marshal in support of his/her purpose?

C is for Conclusion: What does the author conclude in light of the evidence gathered?

C is for Critique: Ask yourself — given the author’s stated purpose, did the author achieve what the author set out to achieve? Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the author’s work. In what ways did the reading app…