About the Journal
Focus and Scope
The scope of the journal reaches a wide variety of academic majors, such as: Law, Governance, Justice, Criminology, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Commerce, Communications, Religious Studies, Health Studies, Social Work, Labour Studies, Indigenous Studies, Sciences, History, Geography, Psychology, and Peace Studies.
Some examples of topics that are related to MUJLP are:
Peer Review Process
Information regarding our review and editorial processes for authors can be found here.
Open Access Policy
MUJLP provides immediate open access to its content, on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. It is our belief that all scholarship by undergraduate students should be available free of charge, allowing the broadest audience possible neutral access. Furthermore, we subscribe to the principles set out by Open Access Law Canada, which promotes the dissemination of information works, for the purposes of education, scholarly discourse, and increased awareness of information amongst the public. For more information on Open Access Law, please visit their website.
The McMaster Undergraduate Journal of Law & Politics’ aim is to provide undergraduate students, across all disciplines, with the opportunity to critically engage with the changing landscapes of law and politics. As such, the Journal allows for an academic and formal outlet for the various conversations undergraduates are having across our campus. It not only establishes this platform for discussion, but also fosters publication, leadership, and networking opportunities for students.
Effectively, through its structure and editorial processes, MUJLP mimics the style of established student run law reviews. It however does so while encompassing a larger and increased interdisciplinary scope, which at the undergraduate level makes it oriented towards more students, and, thus enhancing the access to discuss and share legal and political scholarship. The scope of the journal reaches a wide variety of academic majors, such as: Law, Governance, Justice, Criminology, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Commerce, Communications, Religious Studies, Health Studies, Social Work, Labour Studies, Indigenous Studies, Sciences, and Peace Studies.
Please refer to Topics and Scope for a full description of areas of studies accepted by MUJLP.
Welcome to MUJLP
Welcome to the McMaster Undergraduate Journal of Law & Politics (MUJLP). MUJLP connects students of all majors and disciplines to the world of academia beyond the classroom. The Journal was created to provide a unique avenue for precocious undergraduate writers at McMaster and other Canadian Universities, a scarce opportunity for undergraduates at large. Through this we are able to provide readers with a unique perspective, with varying contexts and underpinnings that address major issues within our respective fields of studies.
Our first issue, released in spring 2015, was a learning experience but also an utmost success. The papers found in our first issue are representative of the determination, strength, and tenacity of Ontario undergraduates. Our theme of Social Justice brought forth discussion on the War on Drugs, evaluations of policy surrounding mobility impairment, and the benefits and barriers surrounding harm reduction for sex workers. It also brought forth our flagship initiatives MUJLPSpotlight, which showcased an interview with a human rights lawyer and his experiences with Argentinian women and imprisonment, and MUJLPBorders, which was co-authored with an editor from the Georgetown University Undergraduate Law Review on open expression in academia, both in Canada and the United States.
We also saw the growth of our online forum. MUJLPForum was created to showcase short opinion editorial pieces by McMaster and national undergraduates that grapple with difficult, but important, current issues. The writers for the Forum are largely first and second year students, which provides authors with the chance to contribute to scholarship on topics within and outside of their course studies while contributing to their personal writing portfolio.
We are particularly excited about our Panel Discussion Conference — MUJLPSymposium. This will allow authors who have successfully entered our editorial process the opportunity to present their work to other undergraduate and graduate students, professors, professionals in the field, and community leaders in the greater McMaster community. Not only will this allow the authors to better their submission’s argumentation and content, but it will also give all attending students the opportunity to network and engage in discourse with a diverse audience of individuals also interested in the proposed theme.
This year, we also hope to help expand our audience through encouraging the connection of different areas of studies to the realm of law and politics. MUJLP hopes to offer undergraduates guest speakers, collaborative events, learning workshops, and unique networking opportunities, to aid the advancement of the conversations already happening around campus.
I look forward to continuing the advance of the niche of student led academia and the enhancing the undergraduate learning experience with you.
Nicole Reid, H.BA (c).