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Article submissions for California Law Review

June 19, 2012 - The California Law Review is excited to announce our move to Scholastica for author submissions beginning this summer. CLR has a tradition of publishing cutting edge legal scholarship and our new partnership with Scholastica will help us continue to select and cultivate pieces that reflect our mission. CLR prides itself on its commitment to finding and promoting new scholars with diverse ideas and backgrounds. As part of our commitment to tracking our success in finding promising scholars that may be passed over in traditional law review selection processes, CLR will collect optional demographic data in addition to institutional data and CVs.

Starting with our next submission cycle at the end of this summer, we will only accept submissions through Scholastica and email. We will no longer accept submissions through Express-O.

Institutions can create accounts to pay for their author's submissions to Scholastica, so authors will have the same payment experience they have had on Express-O. Scholastica is committed to ensuring that authors are able to submit regardless of institutional support and will offer fee waivers and other accommodations (Contact Scholastica).

Additional information about Scholastica is available at scholasticahq.com/law_reviews.

Our next submission cycle will begin in August of 2012.

We strongly prefer submissions via the online submissions service, Scholastica. We also accept submissions at the following address:

Articles Department
California Law Review
40 Boalt Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

Submission Requirements

  1. Articles should be 25,000 words or less (including footnotes). We may consider submissions of up to 35,000 words.
  2. Citations should conform to the 19th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
  3. Please include the following contact information:
    Name
    Mail Address
    Email Address
    Phone Number

Should you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact Senior Articles Editor Greg Bok.

Expedite Requests

Expedite requests should be made online, via Scholastica.

For hard-copy submissions, expedite requests may be emailed to the California Law Review. The subject line of the request should read: "Last Name, First Name, Expedite Date, Article Title"

N.B.

Regrettably, CLR is not able to confirm receipt of an expedite request. An Articles Editor will be in contact only if there is interest in the piece. If more time is needed to review an article, CLR will contact the author and request an extension.

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Student Submissions

Thank you for your interest in submitting your student comment to the Notes & Comments Department of the California Law Review to be considered for publication. In each annual volume, CLR publishes approximately twelve student comments.

Notes & Comments has two submissions cycles. The submissions deadline for the spring semester is March 1st at 5 p.m. The submissions deadline for the fall semester is September 1st at 5 p.m. Any submission received after either deadline will not be considered until the next submissions cycle.

If you have any questions about the submissions process after reviewing the information on this page, please do not hesitate to contact CLR’s Administrator, Maro Vidal-Manou.

Submission Requirements:

Students should email their submissions to CLR's Administrator, Maro Vidal-Manou.
Please include:

  1. A double-spaced PDF file of your piece, including title and abstract
  2. A cover sheet with the following information:
    1. The title of your piece
    2. Your class year
    3. Your contact information (telephone, email, address)
  3. A demographic information sheet, available from Maro Vidal-Manou. Please note that this sheet will be kept completely separate from the submission and the cover sheet. This sheet is anonymous and will be used for informational purposes only. It will not affect the Department's publishing decisions.
Because of the strictly anonymous process that Notes & Comments uses to select student comments for publication, please do not include any information on your piece that would explicitly or implicitly identify you. For the same reason, submitting authors are prohibited from inquiring into the status of their comments of any Notes & Comments Editor and may only communicate with CLR's Administrator.

Submission Timeline:

All Boalt students may submit comments starting with the March 1st deadline of their 2L year. CLR members are eligible to submit as students until January 1st of the year after they graduate (approximately six months following graduation). Non-CLR member students are eligible to submit until September 1st of the year after they graduate (approximately three months following graduation).

Boalt Hall students wishing to submit their student comments to CLR outside of their eligibility dates must submit their comments to the Articles Department.

Publishing On to CLR:

Non-member student authors who are "publishing on" to CLR may become members of CLR so long as: (a) those authors submit their pieces by October 31 in the fall semester of their 3L years; (b) those authors are selected for publication by the March 1 of their 3L years; and (c) those authors fulfill the adjusted member work requirements as determined by the Managing Editor and relevant CLR personnel.

Student pieces that the California Law Review publishes:

CLR primarily publishes student "comments." CLR also occasionally publishes student "casenotes."

A "comment" is an academic analysis of a legal issue, debate, or problem. A comment’s classical format is a three-part structure in which the author will provide background for the analysis, the analysis itself, and then a legal or policy recommendation as to how to resolve the legal issue. A comment can comprise many different kinds of pieces, so long as they are somehow "legal" in nature (though we do welcome interdisciplinary pieces). For example, a comment could address a circuit split on an interpretation of a rule or a statute, or it could reference a recent political or legal debate and explore the implications and concerns around that debate. It could discuss novel legal theories for resolving social problems, or it could address the nature of legal education or legal institutions. Pieces may be geared toward theoretical legal philosophy or pragmatic, on-the-ground lawyering. CLR has chosen to set loose parameters on what counts as a sufficiently "legal" comment. The comments Notes & Comments selects for publication are, in general, 40-60 page papers which provide in-depth analyses of political and legal issues or legal scholarship. While many of the comments that we review are written through writing seminars or independent studies with professors, Boalt students may submit any paper to be considered for publication so long as it has a sufficiently legal focus.

A "casenote" is a particular form of legal writing which analyzes the background and implications of one (usually recent) landmark decision. Casenotes tend to be shorter and more confined in their analyses than comments because they focus their discussions solely around single cases rather than bodies of laws. Casenotes are, in general, very rarely published by law reviews, and CLR has for some time elected not to publish casenotes.

CLR will not publish any comment that has been selected for publication by any other law review, journal, or magazine. Authors should under no circumstance submit comments to CLR that have already been accepted by another publication.

Review Process:

Notes & Comments employs an anonymous, consensus-based system for determining the student comments that will be selected for publication. We recognize that we have a responsibility to ensure that student authors should receive neutral, unbiased, and fair consideration of their pieces, without political or personal considerations infecting the slotting process. As a result, the Notes & Comments Department employs a very strict anonymous process whereby no Notes & Comments Editor knows the identities of the authors being considered—and only those authors selected for publication are "identified" at the time of selection. Notes & Comments Editors may inadvertently discover the identities of authors during the review process, but they are expressly prohibited from using the author’s identity as a factor weighing for or against publication. If a Notes & Comments Editor becomes aware of an author’s identity and that awareness creates a real or perceived conflict of interest, that editor will recuse himself or herself from consideration of that piece.

Criteria:

Notes & Comments considers the merits of the individual comments as well as other broader concerns, such as the department’s ability to publish comments that are best suited to the CLR publication process and that allow the department to publish on a wide range of legal fields and critical methodologies. As a result, if we have recently selected three international law pieces for publication, we may hold on a fourth so that we may have a breadth of scholarship. As to the merits of the pieces themselves, we tend to select pieces that are extremely well-researched; pieces that have a tight, focused topic; pieces that are careful to provide balanced analysis with arguments and counterarguments, without conclusory claims; and pieces that are written in a clear, engaging manner that would be appropriate for the broad-based readership of a general law review. We do not select comments on the basis for our own individual legal passions or our individual political orientations.

Tips for Adapting Student Seminar Papers for Submission to CLR:

Read this helpful tip sheet on adapting a student seminar paper.

Notification:

We strive to notify students of some determination within several weeks of an initial submission.

If a piece is selected for publication, students will be notified by telephone call or email. CLR sends out letters to authors who have not yet been selected for publication. Those letters inform authors that Notes & Comments either declines to publish their pieces, that Notes & Comments encourages the authors to make specific revisions to their pieces and resubmit them, or that Notes & Comments is still considering their pieces and that the pieces are being "held" pending decision. This is an anonymous process throughout and Notes & Comments Editors do not know the identities of the authors unless a piece is selected for publication. Consequently, the Notes & Comments Department will not respond to inquiries about or invitations to discuss individual pieces.

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work!

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Book Reviews & Essays

Thank you for your interest in Book Reviews and Essays. We are very excited for Volume 101 and would like to tell you about some of the works that pique our interest.

Book reviews provide an excellent opportunity for scholars to expand their reach to the fringes of legal academia by anchoring their commentary in a substantial work of scholarship by a different author. An excellent example of a book review can be found in Dan M. Kahan's book review "The Anatomy of Disgust in Criminal Law" found here: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/fss_papers/112.

Essays provide another unique opportunity to scholars. Essays we are looking for generally provide a perspective of the law that is often missed in doctrinal articles. Individuals in other disciplines with a unique perspective of how their discipline interacts with the law are strongly encouraged to provide us with essays.

Submission Information

Though we accept submissions through ExpressO, we strongly prefer to receive submissions and queries through email. Please email your submission or query to the Volume 101 Senior Book Reviews and Essays Editor, Dan Mistak, at href="mailto:clrbre@gmail.com".

If you choose to submit through ExpressO, please clearly mark your submission as a Book Review, Essay, or Review Essay (as appropriate). We recommend prefacing your title with the appropriate term, for example, "ESSAY: [Your Title: Your Subtitle]." Following this convention will aid in your submission being routed more quickly to our department.

If online submission is not possible, paper submissions that conform to the submission guidelines below may be mailed to the following address:

Book Reviews & Essays Department
California Law Review
40 Boalt Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

Submission Guidelines

  1. Both text and notes should be double-spaced and set in a proportional, serif font (like Times New Roman) sized to at least 12 points.
  2. Citations must conform to the 19th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
  3. Please include the following contact information with your submission:
    • Name
    • Mail Address
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number
    • Author's CV
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dan Mistak, the Senior Book Reviews & Essays Editor through email.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an essay? There is no solid line dividing essay from article. However, when evaluating pieces for publication, BRE looks for work that methodologically, stylistically, or topically diverges from more familiar modes of legal scholarship. We are especially interested in pieces that live up to the word "essay" in its literal sense: to try, to weigh, to experiment, to test. Essays may be playful; they may elaborate visions of worlds quite different from our own; they may be lyrical in tone or narrative in structure; they may use techniques from other disciplines such as literary theory, journalism, history, or linguistics; they may pose many questions none of which have clear answers; they may do several of these things or none at all. The only thing they must do is make us think.

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Circuit

The Circuit is the online edition of the California Law Review. It is intended to promote robust scholarly discussion of our print articles, current perspectives from practitioners and judges, and other contributions to legal scholarship. We seek to publish a wide range of timely legal commentaries, essays, response pieces, reviews, debates, and student work.

The Circuit publishes on a rolling basis at the discretion of its editors and members of the California Law Review. Submissions are typically fewer than 3,000 words and lightly footnoted.

We strongly prefer electronic submission via email. If electronic submission is not possible, submissions may be mailed to the following address:

Circuit Department
California Law Review
40 Boalt Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

Specific Submission Requirements

  1. Both text and notes should be double-spaced.
  2. Citations should conform to the 18th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
  3. Please include the following contact information:

    Name
    Mail Address
    Email Address
    Phone Number
    Author's CV

Student Pieces

The Circuit publishes a range of student pieces and employs an anonymous system for selecting these items for publication. We recognize that we have a responsibility to ensure that student authors receive neutral, unbiased, and fair consideration of their pieces, without political or personal considerations infecting the slotting process.

Students should email their submissions to CLR's Administrator, Maro Vidal-Manou. Please include:

  1. a double-spaced PDF file of your piece (including title and excluding any personally identifying information); and
  2. a cover sheet with the following information:
    • The title of your piece
    • Your class year
    • Your contact information (telephone, email, address)
As a result of this anonymous process, Circuit Editors do not know the identity of authors being considered. Only those authors selected for publication are “identified” at the time of selection. Circuit Editors may inadvertently discover the identities of authors during the review process, but they are expressly prohibited from using the author’s identity as a factor weighing for or against publication. If a Circuit Editor becomes aware of an author’s identity and that awareness creates a real or perceived conflict of interest, that editor will recuse himself or herself from consideration of that piece.

Please do not include any information that would explicitly or implicitly identify you in your piece. For the same reason, submitting authors are prohibited from inquiring into the status of their submission with any Circuit Editor and may only communicate with CLR's Administrator.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cody McBride, Senior Circuit Editor.

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