The Journal welcomes student submissions for the publication of articles and commentary posts. An article is a formal publication that typically explores an issue in-depth and then advances a novel take on that issue. We prefer to publish articles between 3,000-5,000 words, including footnotes. A commentary post is a more casual submission that identifies and provides commentary on a trending issue. We prefer to publish commentary posts between 1,000-2,000 words. Word limitations are flexible with the approval of the Journal. Materials taken from another source or are not your own thoughts should be cited. Form of citation will be up to the author whether, through hyperlinks, Chicago style, Bluebook, etc. Students applying for the certificate should be mindful that their work must be of publishable quality.

The Student Journal publishes monthly based on submission frequency. Students are encouraged to submit papers on contemporary issues in information privacy and data security law fields.

SJIPL is currently only accepting submissions from students at Maine Law.

Confident you are going to publish in a particular month? Please submit a brief statement of intent, and we can thoroughly guide you through the process.

Submissions may be received by the first of the month of publication via email at

Email Submissions

To submit an article or commentary post, students should email their manuscript in Microsoft Word form, along with a brief abstract (less than 250 words) describing the submission and your contact information to

Evaluation Process

Student editors carefully review each submission. Evaluation generally takes two weeks from the time the submission is received.

Certificate Compliance

For students interested in completing the Certificate in Information Privacy, publishing in SJIPL may be used to satisfy the certificate’s writing requirement. Authors who send a submission as part of their certificate writing requirement must notify Professor Peter Guffin and Professor Scott Bloomberg via email. Professors will review the author’s work to ensure that the submission complies with the certificate writing requirements. SJIPL may also publish the submission before it is fully approved.

Digital Commons

Maine Law is among over 500 academic institutes that subscribe to an online repository of scholarship called Digital Commons. When a student or faculty member writes a paper posted to Digital Commons, it is accessible through other institutions’ libraries, giving the paper wider circulation than it may otherwise receive.

Before the law school publishes a student paper on Digital Commons, it must be deemed to be of publishable quality by an approved faculty member. Therefore, we encourage authors of articles published by SJIPL also to seek publication in Digital Commons. To do so, email your completed article to Professors Peter Guffin and Scott Bloomberg.