Law Library Support for Student Authors

The Law Library provides assistance to student authors seeking either publication or wider readership. Read about the services available below. If you have any questions about these services, or don't know which one is right for you, please contact Mary Ann Neary, the Associate Law Librarian for Education & Reference Services:

Digital Commons

Students are encouraged to submit articles that have been accepted for publication to Digital Commons @ Boston College Law School, the Law School's institutional repository. Among other benefits, including your article in the repository exposes the full text of the article to Google searches, making it easier for potential employers and others to find your work.


Go to Digital Commons


In order to reach the widest possible audience, student authors may also wish to submit their work to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). SSRN is a freely available public database containing both published and unpublished scholarly articles in a variety of disciplines, including legal studies. If your article has been accepted for publication, make sure that you are not violating your publication agreement by posting your article to SSRN.

Go to SSRN

Law Review Companions

Many law reviews publish online companions which have separate submission processes and policies from their parent journals, and some of these companions accept student work. The law library maintains a list of law review companions; you can use the links on the list to investigate the specific submission policy of each publication.


Explore law review companions