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Los Angeles Lawyer 
The Magazine of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Closing Argument Style Guide 

(rev. 10/23/13)

Closing Argument, a column appearing on the back page of each issue of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, provides readers with an opportunity to express their opinions or views on matters of importance to the legal profession. Submissions should conform to the following guidelines: 


  • Articles should be at least 750 words long and must not exceed 900 words. 


Articles should:

  • Address a matter of direct concern to the legal profession and judicial system.
  • Address a subject or express a point of view unlikely to appear in the nonlegal press.
  • Adopt a point of view in the form of an argument, observation, or personal experience of interest to other lawyers. Authors may write in the first person when appropriate.
  • Address a subject that will be of interest to a broad spectrum of the legal profession; however, well-executed manuscripts concerning narrower matters or affecting particular practice areas will be given careful consideration.

Articles should not:

  • Address matters of general public policy, except as they have a direct bearing on the legal profession.
  • Respond directly to a previously published Closing Argument. The appropriate response to previously published articles is a letter to the editor.
  • Include endnotes. Citations, when absolutely necessary, will be included in the text without commentary or may become endnotes at the discretion of the editors.
  • Endorse or oppose candidates or ballot initiatives.
  • Articles may be e-mailed to the staff. Our e-mail address is: lalawyer@lacba.org.
  • Authors should include a brief description of their appropriate professional background and complete contact information.
  • Articles should be addressed to: Closing Argument, c/o Los Angeles Lawyer magazine 


  • All submissions will be given careful consideration by the editors of the magazine. 
  • The authors of articles not selected for publication will receive written notice. 
  • The authors of articles accepted for publication will be contacted by the magazine's staff for further consultation.
  • Authors will be required to submit a signed rights and permissions Release Form.
  • There may be considerable lead time before publication.
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