About This Journal

The Berkeley La Raza Law Journal (“BLRLJ" or "the Journal") produces knowledge designed to capture the imagination of legislators, stir the consciences of judges, and provide a dynamic tool for practitioners concerned with the impact of their work on behalf of the Latina/o community.

The Journal was imagined in 1980 and established in 1981 by Latina/o students and our allies at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. The Journal is one of the few law reviews in the United States that center Latina/o conditions, communities, and identities.

The Journal was established to provide a forum, which previously did not exist, to analyze legal issues affecting the Latina/o community. Previous issues have addressed bilingual education, affirmative action, immigration law, labor law and policy, voting rights, community empowerment, new models of organizing labor, rural communities, and Latina/o Critical Legal Theory.

Each spring, we traditionally host a symposium to bring together law and other students, with professors, lawyers, activists and other community members to learn about and discuss current issues affecting the Latina/o community. Additionally, we irregularly hold colloquia and installments of our speaker series. Learn more about /symposium.php">how we organize live events to produce critical knowledge.

These events and others are part of our evolving project to transform conventional legal education at Boalt Hall in order to help Latina/o law students and our allies become better advocates for social justice, self-determination, and liberation in the United States and abroad. ¡Por la raza habla el espíritu!


Cite as: La Raza L.J.