Articles & Essays
The California Law Review publishes Articles, Essays, and Book Reviews. We accept submissions via the online submissions service Scholastica.
- Articles should be between 20,000 to 35,000 words (including footnotes).
- Essays and Book Reviews should be 25,000 words or less. We may consider submissions of up to 35,000 words.
- Citations should conform to the 20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
- To provide us with the most information possible about your piece, please clearly mark your submission as an Article, Book Review, Essay, or Review Essay (as appropriate). We recommend prefacing your title with the appropriate term, for example, “ESSAY: [Your Title].” We also welcome authors to indicate that they would be happy to publish as an Article or an Essay, which should be formatted as “ARTICLE/ESSAY: [Your Title].”
- Please also include the following contact information:
We give offers of publications on the phone. Our policy is to give authors 24 hours to decide whether or not to accept an offer of publication. If an author has requested expedited review, our policy is to give an offer of publication that must be accepted on the phone.
Expedite requests should be made online via Scholastica. Regrettably, the California Law Review is not able to confirm receipt of an expedite request, but an Editor will be in contact if there is interest in the piece.
Articles attempt to situate novel ideas within existing legal conversations. Articles generally provide a comprehensive treatment of a particular area of law and follow a traditional roadmap of an introduction, background information, arguments, and conclusion.
Essays typically start new conversations, rather than entering existing ones by employing methodologies atypical for a law review article. When evaluating pieces for publication, the Articles & Essays Department will look for work that methodologically, stylistically, or topically diverges from more familiar modes of legal scholarship. We are especially interested in pieces that make us think about the law in new and different ways.
Book reviews provide scholars with an opportunity to advance the conversation in their discipline by anchoring their commentary in a substantial work by a different author. The California Law Review looks for book reviews that place an author’s original research in conversation with existing works.
If you have any questions, please contact Senior Articles & Essays Editors Sarah Xiyi Chen and Anna Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org.