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e-Submissions of student papers, essays, and other writing projects

All term essays, writing & drafting projects and final papers must be submitted through the Student Affairs Office, which will maintain a record of the date and time of receipt.

About extensions

Students should be advised that applications for extensions must be emailed to the sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Student Affairs Office), rather than decided by the individual instructors. See our Extensions on exams and papers page.


All in-course assignments must be submitted in an electronic format ONLY. Assignments identified by student name may be submitted through course management software (mycourses) or to the professor directly by e-mail.

Electronic submission of assignments will allow:

  1. students to submit to the SAO and instructors in-course assignments online from anywhere;
  2. instructors to correct assignments and provide feedback on-line (through course management software) or on an electronic document;
  3. students to 'pick up' graded assignments online (through course management software) or by e-mail;
  4. for interaction, feedback and access to in-course grades from anywhere;
  5. SAO to track submissions online and track lateness;
  6. SAO to access in-course grades and assignments for Grade Reviews electronically where applicable.

Document submission options

The instructor will choose which form of document submission – via myCourses or via the SAO inbox – best suit their needs and will advise students accordingly. Any questions regarding the format chosen for a specific course should be directed to the instructor.

1. myCourses via myCourses (e-submission)

This option is generally used when students are submitting assignments by name only.

The instructor will create a "drop box" on Learning Management System where students will submit assignments by a specific deadline.

Document format: The instructor will indicate whether the assignment is to be submitted in Word or PDF format.

Lateness will be tracked by the SAO.

2. Email submission via the SAO Assignment email (e-submission)

For those instructors who do not use myCourses, students will be asked to submit the assignments to saoassignments [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca and to copy (cc) the instructor. The Course title and instructor name must be identified in the subject line.

Students must use their McGill email address only.

Please note the following instructions for e-submission:

  • Save file as follows: “[title of course] Fall 2012.” (Include a cover page)
  • The subject line must state course instructor’s name and course title.
  • Follow the instructor’s instructions regarding format (Word or PDF) and Student Identifier.
  • Copy the instructor on the e-mail only if the submission is NOT anonymous and only if the instructor has indicated to do so.
  • Copy yourself (student) so you can check to see that the e-mail was sent, along with the correct attachment.

Please note  that if e-submissions of assignments must be anonymous, i.e. instructor request students to submit by the McGill ID number, email submission MUST be used and the instructor is NOT copied. The use of exam numbers are reserved for substantial mid-term exams and final exams.

Lateness will be tracked by the SAO.

3. Hard copy submissions to the instructor

All assignments must be submitted electronically, either through myCourses or by e-mail. If in addition an instructor wishes to receive hard copies, they must ask students to submit the hard copies directly to them.

If submission of hard copies is required, instructors will announce the necessary arrangements, for example submission in class or in the instructor's office at a given date and time. Students may also submit hard copies to an "SAO drop box".

There is a wall of drop boxes outside the Graduate Programs Office (Room 406 NCDH) that the SAO will now use for those instructors who wish to have hardcopy assignments. Please note that the SAO will not date stamp or log in these assignments or verify the student identifier. The drop boxes will be locked and students will not be able to retrieve the assignment once submitted. A box will be labeled by the course title and instructor's name.

Questions: sao [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email us) (enter "e-submissions" in the subject line.)