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Journal Staff Legal Research Guide: Home

This guide is designed to assist law journal staff through the process of selecting topics, writing, editing and cite checking law review articles.

Introduction to Journal Staff Work

Overview of Journal Staff Work

The newer members of a law journal staff, the 2Ls, typically write a note or comment of publishable quality and cite-check the articles that are being published by the law journal.

The 3Ls serve as editors and fill the senior editorial staff positions, including senior articles editor, senior note & comment editor, senior managing editor and, editor-in-chief of the law review.  The editors review and select articles for publication, manage the editing process, and assist the 2Ls in writing their notes and comment

This Journal Staff Research Guide is intended to assist journal members in through the steps of writing, cite-checking and editing articles.

Table of Contents

For more information on these topics either select the appropriate tab above or click on the link in the table of contents below.


  • Overview of Journal Staff Work
  • Table of Contents
  • Contact Us

Getting Started--Topics

Preemption Check

Locating and Borrowing Reference Materials

  • What's In the Law Library
  • Links for Looking Beyond the Law Library to Find Reference Materials

Cite and Source Tools and Tips

  • Links to Resources for Cite and Source Work
  • Overview of Cite and Source Work

Tools for Writing and Editing an Article

  • Books about Academic Writing
  • Articles about Writing a Note or Comment
  • Books about Usage, Style and Editing of Legal Writing

Librarian Profile

Kelly Kunsch
Reference Librarian
American Indian Law Journal
Indian Estate Planning Institute
Seattle Journal of Social Justice
Seattle University Law Review

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Librarian Profile

Barbara Swatt
Reference Librarian
Center for Global Justice
Seattle Journal of Environmental Law

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