Member Journal – The Law Letter

The Law Letter is the Society’s journal for the legal profession in Tasmania. Published by the Law Society of Tasmania, it is a significant way for the Society to reach its members, and for the Society to reach the broader legal community, including barristers, the judiciary, politicians and government practitioners. Past issues of the Law Letter are listed below.

The Law Letter educates, informs and entertains its readers. The Society welcomes contributions from legal practitioners and allied professionals to the Law Letter – both serious and light-hearted – on topics of interest to the legal profession in Tasmania. Social events within the profession including photographs are also welcome along with articles on travel, health and lifestyle.

The Society greatly appreciates the time and effort involved in drafting articles for publication in the Law Letter. Any contributions and inquiries to Shelley Harwood at shelley.harwood@lst.org.au.

Author guidelines are below.
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If you would like to write for the Society’s member journal, the Law Letter, which has a circulation of 900 copies covering all legal practitioners, firms and associate members, Courts, government departments and interstate law societies in Tasmania, please contact shelley.harwood@lst.org.au. This journal is published quarterly and an electronic copy is made available to Society members on this website. A list of past issues of the Law Letter is below.

Deadline for Articles in the Law Letter
The Law Letter is published and distributed quarterly to the legal profession in Tasmania. For the 2021 year, material should be received by the Society as follows:

  • Winter Edition 16 May 2021
  • Spring Edition 15 August 2021
  • Summer Edition 9 November 2021
  • Autumn Edition 15 February 2022

Author Guidelines – Law Letter submission requirements

Abstract
It is recommended authors provide a 50 word abstract for possible use at the start of the article.

Biographical Information
To ensure that we fully and appropriately acknowledge you as the author of your article, please provide the following information at the end of your article: full name, firm or organisation where you are working, position/title at that firm/organisation and email address.

Author Photographs
If available a professional quality head and shoulders photograph of the author(s) should be supplied. Images should be 300 dpi, no less than 57mm wide and provided as a *.tif or *.jpeg

Submitting an Article
Completed articles and photographs are to be submitted electronically to Shelley Harwood at shelley.harwood@lst.org.au

Formats and Style
Format
Articles are to be emailed in Microsoft Word ready for insertion into Adobe InDesign.

Length

  • Two-three page featured article.………………….2500-3000 words including endnotes and abstract
  • One page article……………………………………800-900 words including endnotes and abstract
  • Book reviews……………………………………….350-400 words

Style

  • Aim to be clear and concise. Use short sentences and paragraphs.
  • Text should be interspersed with appropriate and concise sub-headings (preferably no longer than three words).

Reference
Article submissions must be your own original work – any direct quotations or material based on other works must be fully credited.

When citing legislation:

  • Italicise the title, but not the year, for example, Legal Profession Act 2007 (Tas); and abbreviate the jurisdiction in brackets to distinguish.
  • When the same Act or Bill is referred to frequently throughout an article: quote the first reference in full and abbreviate subsequent references; and incorporate references to specific section/clauses in the text, rather than as endnotes.

Hyperlinks
Please do not place automatic hyperlinks in articles or endnotes, instead they should be typed in bold.

Endnotes
Endnotes rather than footnotes are preferred to provide sources for information, quotations, cases etc. They should:

  • Be kept to a minimum consistent with adequate acknowledgement of sources etc.
  • Checked to ensure reference numbers within the text correspond with reference in the endnotes.
  • Author biographical details should be kept separate from any endnotes.

You can view past Law Letters here.