Book Reviews & Essays
Please Note: The California Law Review is not currently accepting submissions.
Thank you for your interest in Book Reviews and Essays. We are
very excited for Volume 102 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.
Though we accept submissions through Scholastica, we strongly prefer to receive submissions and queries through email. Please email your submission or query to the Volume 102 Senior Book Reviews and Essays Editor, Easha Anand, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose to submit through Scholastica, 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
(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:
- Mailing Address
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Author's CV
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Easha Anand, 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.