UNT Dallas Law Review

The UNT Dallas Law Review publishes two digital law journals: On the Cusp and Accessible Law. The content of both journals is available only online and is hosted by the UNT Digital Library.

On the Cusp publishes online articles of high value to practicing lawyers, especially on legal topics of interest to small and solo practitioners. On the Cusp includes articles written by external authors (practitioners, professors, and judges), as well as student-written articles.

Accessible Law is a multimedia journal that is published online.  Accessible Law is focused on producing content that explains laws and the legal system for the community at large. Accessible Law features four primary types of content: articles, columns, multimedia presentations, and forms.

To reflect the College of Law’s commitment to the important mission of both journals, and to draw on the faculty’s diverse practice and writing experience, the UNT Dallas Law Review is advised by a Faculty Advisory Board.

 

One of the distinctive traditions of American law schools is the student-edited law review. The UNT Dallas College of Law recognizes the important benefits that such journals have for students and the law school community: extensive writing and editing experience; interaction with practitioners and scholars on legal issues; intensive collaborative work with peers; and the personal, academic, and professional development gained through the intellectual and practical challenges of producing a publication. 

Currently, over 800 student-edited law journals are published. Most follow the format of publishing, in each issue, a few primary articles by law professors (and, to a lesser extent, judges and practitioners), with several student-authored papers. The journals are the primary source for the academic publications of the legal professoriate, and the content, scope, and length of articles tends to reflect this.

Given this backdrop, the College of Law publishes two journals that provide a unique contribution while retaining, for students, the benefits of student-led journals: one focused on practice-relevant articles and one focused on civic education about law. These journals are student-led publications that are advised by a Faculty Advisory Board. The journals are electronic and are published in a digital repository format that aims at wide accessibility. The details of governance, publication, student membership, and advisory contributions are specified in bylaws of each journal. In general, students are eligible for membership on the journals after completion of their first year; selection is by application and by demonstrated ability and interest.

On The Cusp

On the Cusp is a digital law journal, published online by members of the UNT Dallas Law Review. It contains articles of high value to practicing lawyers, especially on legal topics and fields of interest to small and solo practitioners. On the Cusp includes articles written by external authors (practitioners, professors, and judges), and student-written comments. It emphasizes concise analyses that advances useable legal knowledge and understanding. Students serve as editors for articles written by external authors and by other students. To reflect the College of Law’s commitment to the important mission of such a publication, and to draw on the faculty’s practice and writing experience, On the Cusp will have several faculty advisors.

Board members of On the Cusp will develop editorial processes, create and manage the online publication business, solicit articles from external authors, set membership and editorial board standards, and publish online editions of On the Cusp.

Accessible Law

Accessible Law is a multimedia journal, published online by the members of the UNT Dallas Law Review. There are four primary types of content: articles, columns, media, and forms. Accessible Law accepts articles written by students, faculty members, and external authors.  Students are selected to write specific columns and solicit and edit faculty-written columns. Student board members and staff also develop and produce media content that is hosted on the Accessible Law site that includes photos, videos, audio, and other media, as determined by the students. All projects on Accessible Law are managed and coordinated by the board of the journal.

Board members of Accessible Law develop editorial processes; create and manage the online publication business; solicit questions from the community regarding law and legal processes; solicit articles and columns from students, faculty, practitioners, and other external authors develop, edit and publish multi-media pieces extending access to the justice system to lay-people; set membership and editorial board standards; and publish online editions of Accessible Law.