Print Publishing

Authors may submit articles to be considered for the print version of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change or Social Change’s online-only publication, The Harbinger. The NYU Review of Law and Social Change asks that contributors to the print or online publications please comply with the following standards when submitting scholarship for consideration by our journal:


We ask that the scholarship you submit to Social Change fit the page-to-practice model. “Page-to-practice” is a broad term that describes the publication philosophy embraced by the Review of Law and Social Change. It refers to legal scholarship that seeks to eliminate inequalities, correct injustices, or consider the relationship between the law and individuals’ lived experiences. This does not mean that each article must advance discrete recommendations for legal practitioners. Rather, it is intended to encompass novel theoretical approaches to intractable legal problems, concrete policy suggestions, and advice to litigators and to direct service providers.

Word Limits

Social Change only considers articles that are at least 6,000 words long.


We do not publish articles on international law unless they are directly applicable to domestic practice. In addition, Social Change publishes only legal scholarship. We do not publish research surveys, book reviews, or purely historical articles.

Citation Format

We ask that you please follow the text and footnote citation rules set forth in A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“The Bluebook”). For stylistic matters not addressed by The Bluebook, please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed. 2010).

Electronic Submissions

You may submit articles to Social Change for consideration through the express online delivery system: Scholastica. For authors who do not have access to Scholastica, please submit articles in Microsoft Word or PDF format and email them to

Expedited Review

If you have received an offer of publication from another journal and would like Social Change to expedite review of your article, please let us know. We will try to get back to you within one to two weeks.

Website Publishing

The Harbinger is dedicated to providing timely, approachable and high quality content related to the law and social issues. We strive to bring diverse and critical voices to the fore through swift online publication. Our selection criteria are less rigid than those of traditional legal scholarship. This allows us to publish a range of content—such as commentary, interviews, and narratives—in addition to academic work that is shorter than would be appropriate for the pages of a traditional law review.

In choosing what we publish, we value:

  • Accessible language and clarity in organization
  • An engaging approach to an important issue
  • Relevance to current events
  • Diversity in author background
  • Compelling and original arguments about law and social issues

Submissions should be between 500 and 6,000 words and, where appropriate, use the rules for text and citation set out in A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“The Bluebook”). For stylistic matters not addressed by The Bluebook, please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed. 2010). One exception is that, whenever possible, authors should include a link to a stable online version of cited materials according to Rule 18.2 of The Bluebook.

Submissions to The Harbinger can also be submitted on Scholastica or emailed to accompanied by your CV or resume.


The preferred citations for each publication are, e.g.:
– 40 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 1
– 40 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change Harbinger 1

Style Guide

The Style Guide is a resource that outlines definitions and information about diverse communities in an effort to guide editors and authors of legal scholarship in the use of language. Our main goal is to ensure that N.Y.U Review of Law & Social Change (RLSC)—and any journal that utilizes this resource—does not engage in erasure or complicity with bigotry, oppression, or hate. This guide is meant to flag terms that communities have described as harmful to them and offer alternative solutions.