Contribute to SCOPE – Writers’ Guidelines

Just start writing!

Just start writing!

Are you a good writer, with a clear voice and legal training?

SCOPE publishes original pieces that relate to the Paralegal Scope of Practice.

Articles in SCOPE are not essays. They are not FaceBook posts, or Tweets. SCOPE articles are readable, informative and reliable. Case summaries and commentaries may also be published at CanLII Connects. Submissions are fact-checked and edited.

SCOPE is looking for: news features and briefs about events, decisions and announcements; summaries and commentaries on recent court and tribunal decisions that affect paralegal practice; first-person articles about paralegal experiences; tips & suggestions for new licensees; and book reviews and appraisals of tools, technology, services and reference material.

Details, details
  • Read SCOPE articles to get a sense for the style of the online magazine, including language level and spelling
  • Send drafts in plain text — no bold, no indented paragraphs.
  • Single-space between sentences, single line between paragraphs.
  • Provide links for cases you reference, or articles you quote, in brackets, ie.: Jones v. Jones, ONCA 2012 (
  • Avoid jargon. Use clear, direct, active language.
  • Keep it simple. Avoid unnecessary words, such as “In light of much of the foregoing… ” “It goes without saying…”
  • Write in the third-person, unless it is a personal story.
  • Spell-out acronyms on first-reference, with the acronym in brackets (Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC); use LSUC thereafter.
  • Spell out numbers less than 10 — three, four — but 11, 12.
  • “Licence” — spelled with a “C” when used as a noun, as in “driver’s licence.” As an adjective or verb, it is spelled with an “S,” as in “Licensing Commission.
  • Use double quotes — ” — when directly quoting a person or decision (“Justice Jones said, “Get out of town.”) Also use double quotes to set-off unusual words, or words used in a special or novel way, the first time. For example: You may want to make an “O’Connor Application,” which is… and later: O’Connor Applications get a defendant’s attention.

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Important Notice

Comments, emails, submissions or other contact with SCOPE do not create a relationship between SCOPE and the sender. Comments and submissions represent the opinions of the authors, who remain responsible for their content. SCOPE reserves the right to edit submissions and comments, and to refuse to publish any comments or submissions.

Material on SCOPE, including content, images, audio, software and any other information not in the public domain or specifically credited to another copyright holder, is copyright Paralegal SCOPE Magazine 2013–2014.

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