Monday, October 14, 2013

Teaching Legal History: A CFP for the Book

[We gave the following "Call for Papers from Those Teaching Legal History Courses in U.S. Law Schools."]

The October 2013 issue of the American Journal of Legal History contains a symposium on teaching legal history in U.S. law schools. As a follow-up, the symposium’s essays are going to be republished in a book entitled “Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives.” The book’s publisher is the esteemed London firm of Wildy, Simmonds & Hill.  Because the space available in the book is greater than what was available in the Journal, we are seeking additional contributions that follow the style of the existing essays. Accordingly, we would be pleased to receive your submission. The operational details are as follows:

Completed essays are due by February 15, 2014 and should be e-mailed, preferably in Word, to Professor Bob Jarvis, Nova Southeastern University, at This deadline is firm and extensions will not be possible. Acceptance/declination decisions will be made as soon after the deadline as possible.

Essays cannot exceed 1,500 words and should describe how you teach the course and why you teach it as you do. The word length will be strictly enforced and footnotes, if any, should be kept to a minimum.

While we’re open to a wide variety of styles and approaches, we really want practical (as opposed to theoretical) pieces. In other words, we want to know what people are really doing in their classrooms when they teach legal history.

Although we appreciate that many folks include a lot of legal history in their non-legal history courses (particularly if they teach, for example, constitutional law), this book, like the symposium, is limited to actual legal history courses taught in U.S. law schools.

Lastly, if you do not have access to a copy of the Journal, please e-mail Bob Jarvis for a sample essay.