Philosophy of Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal

As scholars and students interested in formal education at all levels, we acknowledge our academic and professional opportunity and duty to contribute to the improvement of education everywhere. We recognize the role of law and policy in education and we recognize the benefits a forum wherein issues of law and policy in education may be researched, discussed, understood, and improved. Toward that end, faculty and graduate students at the McKay School of Education and students at the J. Reuben Clark Law School support a national Board of Authors to publish the BYU Education and Law Journal.

Law students who are members of the Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal are participating in the Journal as members of an extra-curricular student organization. No student receives any academic credit for participation on the Journal.

Who can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works. An exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer.

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). “Publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, please contact Scott Ferrin at

Rights for Authors and BYU Law Digital Commons

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to BYU Law Digital Commons all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of BYU Law Digital Commons, requires credit to BYU Law Digital Commons as copyright holder (e.g., BYU Law Digital Commons © 2019).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from BYU Law Digital Commons provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and backup of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact Scott Ferrin at

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the BYU Law Digital Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the BYU Law Digital Commons service or software in any way.

The failure of BYU Law Digital Commons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between BYU Law Digital Commons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.