There are no hard and fast rules about writing a commentary and by looking in various law journals you will soon discover that different journals attract different styles. Often commentaries are used to review books or as Case notes to review cases. Try and read one or two commentaries before you write your own.


Once you have chosen your journal article read through it once to get the feel of it and then read it again with greater attention to detail and to the lines or arguments or viewpoints being expressed.


Your own commentary should have:


This part is largely descriptive


Then you should proceed to express your own views on the article. Indicate:



Try and use your own words for the commentary rather than quoting large chunks from the article. If you do quote from the article you MUST indicate the quote and its page reference.