Paper Session Submission

It is the Session Organizer's responsibility to assign papers to their session, not the individual paper submitter. The system offers a search function to find the appropriate papers for your session. All submissions must be completed and “finalized” by the submission deadline. With the deadline in mind, please remember that the participants of your session must confirm their roles for your session to be able to be finalized.

A Paper Proposal submission must include:

Please contact ALL of your participants for agreement prior to submitting a paper session. All paper proposals intended for your session MUST be submitted, by the presenter/participant before the session can be created. The papers must be submitted and finalized in time for you to add them to the session by the submission deadline. Also, the chair and discussant participants must “confirm” their roles before the session may be finalized. Please communicate an appropriate deadline to your participants.

Be sure to review "accessing the system" for the submission website and the login instructions.

Login to the system – After logging in, the screen will say “My Submissions” (if not please click the “My Submissions” tab), then click “Create Submission”.

1. Title Tab

  1. Title - This is the title of your session. Please enter it as it should appear in the program with proper title case. Please DO NOT submit your title with all capital letters. If you want your session designated as affiliated with the Canadian Law and Society Association, please write CLSA in the session title. This is the only way that such sponsorship of the session will be noted in the program.
  2. Submission Type – Select “Paper Session”
  3. CRN Sponsorship – If your submission is sponsored by a CRN, please select which CRN (by number) from the dropdown menu. Do not make a selection if your submission is not associated with a CRN.
  4. Click “Save”
  5. After the page is saved, please click the “2. Participant(s)” tab.

2. Participant Tab

  1. Are you the Session Organizer – click ”yes”
  2. A Chair and a Discussant are required, whichcan be the same person listed for both positions. Please click “Add Chair”
  3. Using the search field, please enter your Chair/Discussants first or last name. (You, as session organizer, may fulfill either or both roles.)
    • Select the name from the search list. Click “Add”
  4. If your Chair/Discussant’s name is not found, click the green “Add Chair (or Discussant)” button. The Required Fields to enter their profile is:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Institution
    • Title
    • Email
    • Student (Y/N)
    • Years teaching, or does not teach
  5. To add a Discussant, click “Add Discussant” and repeat steps 3 & 4.  Students should serve as Discussants only in unusual circumstances and if sufficiently advanced to provide substantive comments on the papers.
  6. Your Chair / Discussant will automatically receive an email that they have been added to the session in that role. They will need to “confirm” their role before your submission may be finalized.
  7. Click “Save”. After the page is saved, please click the “3. Add Papers” tab.

3. Add Papers Tab

There must be 4 to 6 papers for each paper session. Any Paper Session that falls below 4 papers due to participant withdrawals may be moved by the Program Committee to a Salon Session format. Click the green “Search Papers” button to proceed. You may search for papers by:

Click “Save”. After the page is saved, please click the “4. Add Description” tab.

4. Add Description Tab

Please enter the description of your session as it should be listed in the online program. The description can have a maximum of 1000 characters. Click “Save”.
After the page is saved, please click the “5. Keywords” tab.

5. Keywords Tab

Please select up to 2 Keywords. First select your Primary Keyword by clicking the box next to “add”. If adding a second keyword, scroll down to select the Secondary Keyword by clicking the box next to “add”.  Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click “save”.
Next click the “6. Preview” tab

6. Preview Tab

Please review your paper proposal prior to submitting.  You may return to any of the tabs to edit at this time. Your submission cannot be edited after being finalized in the next step. Next click the “7. Finalize” tab.

7. Finalize Tab

If any required information or role approvals are not completed, you will not be able to “Finalize” your submission – this means your proposal has NOT been submitted. Any missing information will be listed in a red box on this tab. If you are offered a checkbox to click “Finalize” – congratulations, your submission is complete!

Be sure to finalize your submission by clicking on the checkbox and then click “Finalize”

Once your session has been finalized, you WILL NOT be able to edit your proposal. If you need to edit your submission prior to the submission deadline, please contact Megan Warren at the LSA Executive Office at to remove the finalization of your submission. If the finalization is removed, whether or not edits are made to the proposal, you will need to click the "Finalize" button and save the submission again – otherwise your submission has not been submitted. If the finalization is removed, to edit your submission first login, then click on the "My Submissions" link at the top. Then select the submission to edit and make the changes to your submission. Follow the instructions above to move between the tabs of the submission.

! Important – to Withdraw your Submission !

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