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how to

get involved

The TMU Law Review is currently run as a faculty-led model, with the support of a student executive and editorial team. Enrolment in JUR318, the for-credit Law Journal course, is on a competitive basis. Interested 1L and 2L students will have the opportunity to submit role-specific applications in the Winter term, prior to enrolment for the following academic year. The course description is available here, and descriptions of the journal's student roles are available below.

1L students or others at LASL who are interested in learning more about the journal, or opportunities to get involved on a volunteer basis, are welcome to reach out to a current member of the team.

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Associate Editor

Executive Editor

Associate Editors will take carriage of at least one submission from start to finish, and are responsible for performing the bulk of the editing work to ensure that all published pieces will meet the journal’s editorial standards.

Responsibilities include:

  • Annotating manuscripts with substantive edit suggestions

  • Performing necessary research to ensure full accuracy of citations

  • Editing footnotes to ensure conformity with the McGill Guide

  • Copyediting manuscripts for spelling and grammar and ensuring compliance with the internal journal style guide

 

An ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • An interest in legal scholarship

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Strong time management skills

  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback, and act on feedback

  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team

The Executive Editor is the primary student responsible for overseeing the editing process. They act as an extension of the Faculty Editor-in-Chief and provide leadership and support to the rest of the editing team.

Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and approving substantive edits made by Associate Editors

  • Following up with Associate Editors on tasks and deadlines, and providing feedback on their work

  • Updating the Editor-in-Chief on the progress of the editing cycle, and escalating any issues as needed

  • Assisting Associate Editors and/or Assistant Editors with any questions arising about the McGill Guide or internal journal style guide

 

An ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Strong leadership ability and comfort managing a team of peers

  • Strong communication and organizational skills

  • An interest in legal scholarship

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Excellent writing and editing skills

  • Strong time management skills

  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback, and act on feedback

  • Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team

  • Experience with or knowledge of the academic publishing process is considered an asset

Submissions Manager

The Submissions Manager is the first point of contact for authors and acts as a primary intermediary between authors and the Faculty Editor-in-Chief. Their purpose is to manage the progression of manuscripts throughout the internal and external review processes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in the outreach and solicitation of submissions

  • Organizing submissions and managing permissions on an internal shared drive

  • Fostering good relations with authors and peer reviewers

  • Managing the submission intake and external peer review processes

  • Tracking the status of all submissions and communicating with authors throughout the process

 

An ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Effective and professional communication practices

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • An interest in legal scholarship

  • Ability to effectively and tactfully balance needs of multiple stakeholders

  • Strong time management skills

  • Strong problem-solving abilities

  • Experience with or knowledge of the academic publishing process is considered an asset

Business and Operations Manager

The Business and Operations Manager is responsible for managing finances and day-to-day operational needs of the journal. Their purpose is to ensure that production, publication, and distribution of the journal runs smoothly from an operational standpoint.

Responsibilities include:

  • Creating an annual budget and maintaining financial responsibility of the journal

  • Tracking journal expenses, invoices and executing reimbursements

  • Producing financial and other internal reports

  • Managing relationships with internal partners (law library, LASL, Toronto Metropolitan University) and external partners (sponsors, databases, publishers, etc.)

  • Overseeing management of public-facing aspects of the journal (website, marketing and social media)

  • Creating and maintaining any policies and procedures necessary for the operation of the journal

 

An ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Effective and professional communication practices

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • An interest in legal scholarship

  • A high degree of financial literacy and responsibility

  • Strong time-management skills

  • Strong problem-solving abilities

  • Comfort with learning new systems and processes

  • Fluency with social media and other technical platforms

  • A willingness to take initiative

  • Business and management experience is considered an asset

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