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The American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) publications include TYLAfter the Bar (ATB), and TYL Monthly. All YLD publications are designed to be professional development tools for lawyers under the age of 36 or admitted to practice for 10 years or less.

The ABA is a member-driven organization, and all digital content is member-protected. It is NOT open to the general public.

Publication Information

TYL

TYL is the ABA YLD’s flagship publication designed to deliver specific, practical, evergreen content and information to help early career lawyers advance professionally and grow personally. TYL is not a law review or a scholarly journal.

All TYL content must appeal to and inform the broader base of young lawyer members across the country under the age of 36 or admitted to practice for 10 years or less.

After the Bar

After the Bar is a digital publication designed to help new graduates and newly licensed lawyers navigate the transition from law student to lawyer and to guide them through the early stages of their legal careers. After the Bar focuses on professional development, ethics, how to network, manage finances, choose a specialty, and survive and thrive in today’s law office or legal environment.

After the Bar content is specifically for new graduates and 0–2 associates. 

TYL Monthly

TYL Monthly is a monthly email that goes to all young lawyer members. It contains content from TYL and After the Bar. TYL Monthly mails on the last Wednesday of every month.

Type, Form, and Style of Article

You will work with at least one editor to develop the article to conform to the article's concept and purpose, author guidelines, and editing standards (including word limits). Article revisions will be necessary and will take place over several rounds of editing.

  • Write in a conversational tone. Be clear and concise. Use plain English (avoid legalese). Use short sentences in short paragraphs to communicate practical information. Write in the active voice and to the reader—you. 
  • Include tips, lists, bullet points, hyperlinks, examples, lively writing, and other techniques to facilitate the readers’ grasp of the information. 
  • Always use substantive subheadings that include keywords, which are essential for online articles to keep the reader moving through the content.
  • Do not use unnecessary quotations, citations, or other embellishments. Endnotes are prohibited. You may link to resources. 

In general, TYL and ATB follow the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster. The editorial board will edit all articles to conform to the best practices listed above. 

Author Bios

Author information is included with your article via your ABA member ID. Read more about our article templates and author profiles.

Deadlines

You will receive various deadlines (e.g., first draft, subsequent draft, final deadline, etc.). You must meet these deadlines or contact your article editor ASAP to work out alternative arrangements. Late articles may not be published due to editing constraints.

Article Length

An editor will inform you of the article's length; however, generally, article length depends on the subject. We want you to cover the topic thoroughly and concisely. The longer the article, the more substantive subheads and bulleted lists are required to keep content engaging to online readers. Any article longer than 500 words must contain subheads.

Writing and Editing

The editorial board reserves the right to edit submitted drafts for clarity, conciseness, style, and length. You are solely responsible for the content’s accuracy and completeness. However, your editor will clear with you any major editorial revisions affecting your article’s substance before it is published. The editorial board determines publication schedules.

The editorial board reserves the right to refuse to publish any article. Your submission of an article does not constitute official acceptance for publication. 

Copyright

Before an article can be published, each (co-)author must submit a signed ABA copyright agreement to the editorial board (or a current one must already be on file with the ABA). When submitting an article, you grant the ABA an irrevocable option to acquire certain property rights in your article. Specifically, you grant the ABA the right of first publication and the right to nonexclusive copyright of the work in accordance with the standard ABA copyright agreement. Read more about your rights and the ABA’s.

Compensation

You will not receive any remuneration for submitting an article.

If you have further questions, please communicate with the ABA Young Lawyer's Division Staff Editor: Lindsay Cummings.