Submitting Comments

To become a member of the University of Chicago Legal Forum through the journal’s Topic Access Program, a student must work toward, and ultimately write, a publishable Comment related to the journal’s topic.

Successful applicants to the journal’s Topic Access Program will prepare Topic Proposals and Analyses on a schedule similar to that of other Legal Forum staff members. Please see our Topic Access Memo for specific dates and contact E.J. Morera ( with any questions.

The Topic Access Program is the only way in which a student not offered membership in Legal Forum through the 1L writing competition can become a member of and be published in Legal Forum. Successful applicants to the Topic Access Program will have all the privileges and responsibilities of other Legal Forum staff members, including the opportunity to become editors on the journal’s managing board if accepted during the 2L year, and the responsibility to complete cite checks in the winter and spring quarters.

Instructions for creating an acceptable Topic Analysis, Prospectus, and Comment will be provided to each applicant upon request. Each applicant to the Topic Access Program will be assigned an editor to help the applicant through the Program, offering substantive and technical advice to the applicant at each step in the process.