Call for Submissions: National Security Law Journal Vol. 11

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The National Security Law Journal is pleased to welcome submissions for Volume 11, Issues 1 & 2, which will be published in Winter 2023 and Summer 2024.  NSLJ welcomes pieces from a wide range of perspectives, from both practitioners and academics, so long as they make a meaningful and original contribution to the field of national security law. 


Submissions should be at least 25 pages in length, inclusive of footnotes, and be double-spaced, in a 12-point font with 1” margins.  Footnotes should follow the form prescribed in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020) although any citation errors will be corrected through the editing process.


Once your submission is received, you can generally expect a publication decision within ten calendar days.  All pieces published by NSLJ go through a multi-stage editorial process that corrects grammar, format, structure, and the sourcing of claims.  Additionally, the editorial board will highlight unaddressed counterarguments and ambiguities in your piece’s analysis, to help ensure that your argument is presented as clearly and persuasively as possible.  This rigorous process takes anywhere from 60-90 days, including the time allocated for you to review and respond to the editors’ suggestions.


Founded in 2012, the National Security Law Journal is a student-edited periodical published at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia.  Each year, the journal hosts two symposia highlighting new developments and leading figures in the field.  Speakers at past symposia have included former CIA/NSA director Michael Hayden, former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and DOD Deputy General Counsel for Intelligence William Renn Gade.  NSLJ's faculty advisor is Professor Jamil N. Jaffer, the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute at Scalia Law.


Pieces published in NSLJ are available on Westlaw, Lexis, and HeinOnline, on the journal's website, and in the Library of Congress.  Hard copies of the journal are also provided to the authors published therein, and distributed at national security law events, including the journal’s symposia and the ABA National Security Law Conference.

Prospective pieces may be submitted either through Scholastica or by email to