Public Law Journal Article Submission Guidelines

Updated 12/12/16

The Public Law Journal is a quarterly journal published by the Public Law Section, which includes articles of interest to public law practitioners, including city attorneys and county counsels; redevelopment agency attorneys; school and college district attorneys; water, fire and special district attorneys; joint powers agency attorneys; and private sector attorneys representing public agencies.  The PLJ is transmitted electronically to Section members and posted on the Section’s website.  To view past issues, see Public Law Journal (Current issues are available in the members-only section of the site.)The Publications Committee solicits original manuscripts of 2,500-3,000 words in length, not including endnotes, on public law topics including:

  • Administrative law
  • Constitutional law
  • Municipal law
  • Open meeting laws
  • Political/election law
  • Education law
  • State and federal legislation
  • Public employment and labor
  • Government contracts
  • Tort liability and regulations
  • Land use/environment issues
  • Public lawyer ethics
  • Public finance

MCLE self-study credit up to 12.5 hours may be available to published contributing authors.

The PLJ generally is willing to republish articles that either have already appeared, or will appear, in another periodical, if the article is deemed of interest to Section members and the author agrees in advance about this arrangement.


Public Law Journal articles are written in law journal/law review type style with legal citations (in endnotes, not footnotes).  However, we prefer articles that are more dynamic than the average law review article – that is, written in a newsy and readable, rather than dry and academic style.  For example, where possible, the article’s introduction should reference recent news events in introducing the topic and setting the stage for why the issues are timely and interesting.  The article also should include recent cases and legislation as examples.

  • Articles should be 2500-3000 words (not including the endnotes).
  • Articles should be submitted in a Microsoft Word document in Times New Roman 12-point font, single spaced, with one line between each paragraph.
  • Articles should be written in law journal style, with citations in endnotes rather than in the body of the text.
  • Citations should appear in endnotes, not footnotes.
  • Articles may include headings (I., II., III.; A., B., C., etc.) for organization, but should avoid excessive use of headings.
  • Articles must comply with either the California Style Manual or the Bluebook.

Author Information

  • Please include a one- to two-sentence bio at the end of the article, before the endnotes.
  • Please provide a headshot photo in jpg format.
  • Please submit a signed Author Agreement.

MCLE Self-Study Article

  • One article in each issue will be selected as the MCLE Self-Study Article.  For this article, the author should draft a 20-question true-or-false quiz based on the article and provide an answer key that includes brief explanations of the answers. A sample format will be provided.


For inquiries and submissions, contact the PLJ Editor.

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