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Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities

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“Law feeds and is fed by the world around it. Fortunately, that world is at least as aptly described and understood by the humanities as by the social sciences. Hence, and also fortunately, it is impossible fully to understand law without a deep and sympathetic knowledge of the liberal arts.”

The Honorable Guido Calabresi,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Sterling Professor and former Dean, Yale Law School

About Us

Since its inception in 1989, the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities (YJLH) has become a premier forum for examining the intersection of law and the liberal arts. Grounded in the ever-deepening awareness that cutting-edge interdisciplinary exploration is crucial to a fuller understanding of both the law and the world at large, YJLH provides a unique intellectual arena to scholars of several disciplines.

YJLH is composed of students studying at Yale Law School as well as graduate students studying humanities-related disciplines through the other graduate programs at Yale University. We normally publish two issues in the year. This year, we will be publishing a symposium and a one-issue standard Volume in place of publishing a two-issue standard Volume.

Submissions to the Journal

The Yale Law Journal is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2021 issue of Volume 33. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. ET on May 20th, and review of submissions for the Fall issue will begin shortly after the closing of the submissions window. Submissions received after 5 p.m. ET on May 20th and before 5 p.m. ET on December 21st will be considered for the Spring 2022 issue.

Special Symposium Issue: Credit Nation

In addition to our regular fall issue, The Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities will be publishing a special symposium issue inspired by the themes of Claire Priest's Credit Nation: Property Laws and Institutions in Early America. We are accepting outside submissions for this special issue until 5 p.m. ET on June 21st.  We welcome articles on the following themes:

The history of property and its relation to commerce and the economy

Property and slavery

Colonial/founding era politics and institutions

The institutional foundations of capitalism

Authors should submit their work in a Microsoft Word document with double-spaced text to yjlh@yale.edu with the subject line: Credit Nation Symposium Submission. All symposium submissions will be peer-reviewed, and accepted authors will be invited to the Zoom event currently scheduled for September 17th.