ABOUT DE LEGE FERENDA
De Lege Ferenda (DLF) is the Cambridge Law Review’s supplementary undergraduate law journal, inviting discussion on contemporary issues relating to undergraduate law topics. The journal serves as a platform for students to make their first entry into academia, and all published articles will be made available online. DLF welcomes submissions discussing issues arising in recent cases and legislation. A submission may be written as a standalone piece, or be made in reply to published work. Your opinion on these matters is most important to us. Submissions should address issues such as: whether there will be any significant or noticeable practical impacts caused by a recent legal development; whether the law is changing too quickly or slowly; whether the changes are practically, doctrinally, or normatively sound; amongst numerous other possible issues. The volumes are accessible here or on HeinOnline.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between De Lege Ferenda and the Cambridge Law Review?
DLF is a subsidiary of the Cambridge Law Review. As stated above, the journal will only publish submissions made by current or recent undergraduates dealing with contemporary issues relating to undergraduate law topics. As such, this journal serves as a platform for students to make a first entry into academia. In contrast, the CLR deals with a far wider range of topics of greater substantive and technical specificity, and generally receives submissions from authors at all stages in their legal career, from postgraduate students to those already in academia and legal practice.
Should I make my submission to De Lege Ferenda or the Cambridge Law Review?
This is entirely up to you. However, before making a submission, you should take note that the CLR engages in a strict double-blind review process where submissions are either accepted or rejected for publication as they are, and therefore expects pieces of the highest quality from the outset. DLF on the other hand, given its function as a starting platform for students to get publishing experience, following the initial blind-review, is open to working with potential authors in a collaborative process to refine their work so as to optimise the quality of the publication. Despite this potential collaborative process, authors are expected to submit works with the expectation that they are to be published as they are with minimal substantive editing.
Can my submission be a case note?
Yes, your submission may be a case note on a recent case. However, as is expected of all case notes, this should not merely be a summary of the facts and decision. You should include critical commentary on the decision, preferably in a forward-looking manner.
Can my submission be about older case law or legislation?
As DLF caters to contemporary legal issues, discussion of older case law or legislation should ultimately raise new or emerging legal problems. This would typically arise in light of new legal developments and their impact on old legal positions or doctrines.
Can I submit supervision essays?
Supervision or tutorial essays will not be considered for publication.
Can there be more than one author?
Yes, you may co-author your submission with your peers.