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Electronic Publication of Student Scholarly Writing

All students are encouraged to engage in original, scholarly research while at Michigan Law.

Students who produce publishable written work may consider uploading their polished drafts to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). SSRN is a working paper clearinghouse that ensures the timely dissemination of scholarship. Thousands of authors upload thousands of pieces every year, and SSRN is a common destination for those seeking the latest research on any topic. There is no cost to post working-paper versions of notes or articles to SSRN. Papers can be updated or removed later, although authors should exercise care to make sure their piece is in very good shape before distributing any written work through the Internet. Authors retain the copyright and are free to publish (or not publish) the work where, when, and how they see fit, including uploading the piece to another online repository (such as a specialty website in a given field).

Published articles, too, may be uploaded to SSRN, unless prohibited by any copyright agreement the author may have with another publication venue. All published work appearing in the Law School’s official journals will be automatically uploaded to the Michigan Law School Scholarship Repository.

Instructions for Student Submissions to SSRN
Prior to beginning the submission process, students should have the following information and documents:

  • Abstract;
  • The paper in PDF format with a title page that includes at least the submitter's full name, the title of the paper, the approximate date, and an e-mail address;
  • Names, contact information, and affiliations for all authors not in the SSRN database;
  • Name of contact author;
  • Journal citation (for accepted and forthcoming papers); and
  • The owner of the copyright for the abstract and paper, if not the author(s).

When submitting, current students may also elect, where appropriate, to include their paper in one or both of the following topic series on SSRN:

  1. Michigan Law & Economics: Student Author Papers
  2. Michigan Public Law: Student Author Papers

If you need assistance at any point during the submission process, you can contact SSRN by e-mail or by calling 877-SSRNHelp (877-777-6435).

To begin the submission process, please go to the SSRN Login page and follow the online instructions.