The Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance is a semi-annual publication edited and operated by students at Stanford Law School. The Journal seeks articles that address practical legal issues prevalent in the worlds of business and finance. To this end, the Journal will select for publication articles that provide valuable insight into matters of broad intellectual and practical concern to the legal and business communities and meet the quality standards of the faculty and student editorial committees.


  1. Please submit only one copy of any work for consideration. Do not send multiple drafts.
  2. Descriptive subject headings rather than numbered section divisions are requested. All pages should be numbered at the bottom-center, beginning with the title page.
  3. All submissions should include in the following order:
    • Title page with the descriptive title of the article, the names of all authors and their highest academic degrees and any relevant professional and academic affiliations, the full address and phone and fax numbers as well as e-mail address for the corresponding author;
    • A separate page with a brief biographical sketch of all authors, including relevant publications and other affiliations not mentioned on the title page;
    • A separate page listing acknowledgments and disclosing all financial support for the article and any other potential conflicts of interest;
    • Abstract of approximately 250 words summarizing the main argument and findings of the paper;
    • Full body of the article, without reference to author names; and
    • All figures and/or tables used, each on a separate page (if not embedded in document)
  4. Submissions should use footnotes (rather than endnotes).


Text and citations should conform to The Bluebook®: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015), copyright by the Columbia Law Review Association, the Harvard Law Review Association, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal.

Previously Presented Work

Articles previously presented at conferences or symposia whether in full or in abstract form are invited for review, assuming that they have not been published or selected to be published elsewhere. Authors should disclose such information upon submission.

Requirements Specific to Case Studies Submissions

The Journal seeks submissions from practitioners and academics who have been involved in noteworthy transactions and who are willing to share their experiences. The objective of these articles is to detail the legal barriers encountered in the course of the transaction, how those barriers were approached, and the lessons learned. Case studies will provide effective strategies that others may use when confronting similar transactions.

Case study articles should address the following questions:

  1. What problems were presented?
  2. What legal barriers and issues were encountered in addressing the problem?
  3. How were the barriers overcome (or not)?
  4. What lessons were learned from the case and how generally applicable are they?
  5. Would you address the problem in a different manner in the future? If so, how?

Submissions Procedure

Most of our articles are accepted via Scholastica. We strongly prefer authors to use this submissions management system; if you are unable to use Scholastica, you may submit your article directly by following the steps below. If you have any questions about the submissions process, please contact us.

Electronic Submissions:

  1. Please submit only one draft of any work for consideration.
  2. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word format.
  3. Be prepared to provide the following information:
    • Author’s name
    • Article title
    • Author’s preferred e-mail address
    • Author’s phone number
  4. In addition, if you wish to request expedited review of your submission, be prepared to provide:
    • The name of the other publications to which you will submit your article
    • The submission deadline for each publication
  5. E-mail your submission, with the above information, to

General Information

The Journal reserves the right to make all decisions regarding the acceptance or rejection of an article for publication. An invitation to contribute should not be construed as final acceptance of an article. All editing decisions reside with the Journal’s editorial board.

Authors whose articles are selected for publication will be required to transfer copyright in the work to the Journal and Stanford University.