The Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace hosts the Editor-in-Chief and a team of student editors for the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal (CLELJ), a refereed scholarly journal with an established readership among researchers, practitioners, adjudicators and policy-makers, and a member of the International Association of Labour Law Journals. Being involved as a Student Editor with the CLELJ provides a glimpse into emerging legal thought in subjects such as labour & employment law, human rights law, immigration law, occupational health & safety law, privacy, and other areas that touch on these subjects. Even better, Student Editors get to be a part of bringing those emerging legal thoughts to publication.
Join Our Editorial Team
Upper year students in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University have the opportunity to get involved with the CLELJ as a Senior or Junior Editor. All students receive 4 credits for their work on the CLELJ, 2 in the Fall and 2 in the Winter.
The CLELJ appoints two Senior Editors to run the day-to-day operations of the journal from September to April. Senior editors responsible for managerial aspects of editorial work, such as contact with authors and peer reviewers, completing final reviews and edits of articles, and for overseeing the other student editors. Senior Editors are also responsible for organizing and managing internal projects that facilitate the continuation and longevity of the CLELJ. Senior Editors receive 4 credits per academic year which may be applied to satisfy the practical requirement of your law degree.
The CLELJ appoints between six to eight Junior Editors each year. Junior Editors are given assignments to draft abstracts for papers, assist with reviewing submissions, help the journal to decide which articles to accept for publication, complete editing assignments, and assist with and review the work of the Student Editorial Assistants that are a part of the CLELJ’s Volunteer Program. Junior Editors receive 4 credits per academic year which may be applied to satisfy the practical requirement of your law degree.
The CLELJ hires one Summer Editor as a split position with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW). This is a paid summer position and requires the student to assume full responsibility for all of the student editing work of the CLELJ from May-August. The Summer Editor/Research Assistant will also work closely with Queen’s labour and employment law faculty members on their current research projects across a variety of topics in labour and employment law. The Summer Editor will be expected to work 35/hours a week.
How to Apply
The Student Editorial Team selection takes place in the Winter semester of each year. A call for applications for Student Editors is circulated in the Faculty newsletter in the spring of each academic year. Applicants must email their cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates are then selected for interviews by the current Senior Editors and the Editor-in-Chief.
Members of the Editorial Board are selected based primarily on the following criteria: editing ability, writing ability, organizational skills, leadership skills, and relevant experience with the CLELJ.
Join Our Volunteer Team
First-year and Upper year students in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University have the opportunity to get involved with the CLELJ through the Volunteer Program as Student Editorial Assistants. The CLELJ provides opportunities for volunteers to be meaningfully involved in different stages of the academic publication process. Volunteers are given assignments to draft abstracts for papers, assist with reviewing submissions, help the journal to decide which articles to accept for publication, and engage in proofreading/citation checks.
How to Apply
Each year the call for CLELJ Volunteer Editor applications is made available to all Queen’s Law students at the beginning of September. Applicants will be asked to submit their answers to a questionnaire, submit a copy of their CV or resume and a completed editing assignment.