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The Young Lawyer ( TYL), published ten times a year, is the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's practice-oriented publication focusing on matters of interest for the new lawyer. TYL circulates nationally and internationally to about 150,000 Division members, institutions, and other subscribers.

Guidelines for Contributors

Authors should carefully read the following guidelines to increase the likelihood that articles are accepted for publication in TYL.

TYL is designed to deliver specific, practical information to young lawyers in an easy-to-read format that maintains a professional presentation. It is not a law review, scholarly journal, or magazine. Articles published in TYL are written in a conversational tone. They must be clear and concise and use common words and generally short sentences in short paragraphs. Authors should write in the active voice and include tips, lists, bullet points, examples, lively writing, and other techniques to facilitate readers’ grasp of information. In general, TYL follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, and Merriam Webster's Dictionary, 11th edition.

General topics that are covered include:

  • Ethics/Professional Conduct
  • Skills Training
  • Technology
  • Practice Management
  • Solo Practitioners
  • Quality of Life
  • Careers/Jobs
  • Personal Financial Matters
  • Women & Minorities
  • Marketing/Rainmaking
The Manuscript

  • Articles generally run between 300 and 600 words.
  • Text should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  • Avoid excessive document formatting, which must be stripped out before typesetting.
  • Number all pages consecutively from beginning to end.
  • Use 12–point type, Times New Roman or Courier.
  • Include a suggested title and a byline at the top of the first page.
  • Include author’s contact information (name, affiliation, address, phone, fax, email). Do not include a biographical summary.
  • Do not use footnotes/endnotes, subheadings, tables, or artwork.
  • Keep citations to a minimum. Embed citations within the text, following the material being cited. If you decide to cite or quote materials, you are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of citations and quotes.

Please submit your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document e-mail attachment to Lindsay Cummings, Managing Editor,

The editorial and production process takes a minimum of three months from acceptance of a first draft to final publication. The Young Lawyer cannot guarantee that articles will be published or included in a specific issue. However, if an author wishes to publish in a specific issue, they should submit completed articles to the Managing Editor at least four months before the anticipated month of publication.


The Young Lawyer ( TYL) reserves all rights of first publication.  All manuscripts are reviewed and edited by TYL editorial board and copyedited to conform to The Young Lawyer’s style and design (articles as printed may differ from their original form).  Please allow 2-3 months for notice regarding acceptance of articles.

All authors must sign ABA’s standard publication agreement to ensure that articles consist of original material that has not been printed in other publications. Authors will receive the agreement from the ABA via email, as part of an author packet; the agreement must be signed and returned before publication.

As a token of appreciation for contributed work, authors receive complimentary copies of the issue in which their article appears.

Reprints & Back Issues  

The material in all ABA publications is copyrighted and may be reprinted and/or reproduced by permission only. If interested in reprinting material please visit the reprint section of the ABA Website for more information.  To order back issues, please contact the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221.

Contact Us

Send questions or comments to Lindsay Cummings, Managing Editor, the American Bar Association, ABA Publishing, 321 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654;