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School of Law

The current manuscript style guide for formatting the front pages of a Master’s of Law thesis is available for download below.


University formatting guidelines apply to the following elements in a School of Law master’s thesis:

  • Page size: 8.5” x 11”
  • Font type and size: Times New Roman, 12 pt
  • Page margins: left page margin 1.50 inches; right page margin: 1 inch; top and bottom margins: 1 inch
  • Page numbering for front pages: small Roman numerals
  • Page numbering for the body of the document: Arabic numerals

Write the body of the manuscript (chapters, bibliography and appendices) in a style appropriate for your field of study or your school-specific guidelines, with the exception of page margins, page numbering and page order. Styles for formatting bibliographies, footnotes, and/or endnotes should be consistent with the chosen style used to format the body of your document.

For more information on citation styles and citation tools, visit our Writing Styles webpage.

Doctoral Dissertations: dissertations are required to include a Certification page, which is placed immediately after the title page and is numbered as page ii.