Submission Guidelines for Online Publication

California Law Review Online is the online edition of the California Law Review. Through this companion publication, we feature timely analysis of legal issues in an accessible format that represents a range of voices. We seek to publish a variety of pieces, including essays, response pieces, and blog posts, as detailed below. California Law Review Online publishes on a rolling basis, with priority themes to guide the debate each semester. Published pieces range from 1,000 to 3,000 words, as detailed below. We may accept longer submissions of approximately 10,000 words on a case-by-case basis. We welcome submissions from legal academics, law students, practitioners, and community members who have benefitted from legal services.

Blog Posts

A blog post should generally range from 1,000 to 1,500 words and adopt a more accessible tone and format. Authors should cite any relevant authorities in endnotes and include no footnotes. We aim to publish pieces approximately one month after approval, to allow for both a timely discussion and a thorough editing process. Successful blog posts will be creative, new, timely, and well-written.

Blog Posts: Themed Debates

To foster a lively debate on current legal issues, California Law Review Online invites authors to submit blog posts addressing that semester’s priority themes. The author may construe the theme and format liberally but must focus on how the theme links to present-day policy concerns.

The themes for Spring/Summer 2017 submissions include:

Free Speech
Separation of Powers

Blog Posts: California Perspective

CLR Online will always welcome and prioritize pieces that highlight a Californian perspective on the law. These pieces may focus on policy issues, cases before the California state courts, state statutes, cases before federal district courts in California, or cases before the Ninth Circuit.

Response Pieces

California Law Review Online serves as the primary platform to respond to pieces published in the California Law Review. Response pieces should generally not exceed 10,000 words and should cite to any relevant authorities in endnotes. We aim to publish response pieces in the months following publication of the original piece. The editing timeline for these pieces is generally two to three months. Please submit an early draft or well-developed outline with your proposal.

Online Essays

California Law Review Online invites authors to submit essays that benefit from the more timely and accessible format of an online publication. Online essays should meet the general guidelines of our print essays, focusing on new ideas and conversations. Online essays should generally not exceed 3,000 words, and long-form essays should not exceed 10,000 words. Please cite to any relevant authorities in endnotes. We aim to publish response pieces approximately two to three months after approval, to allow for a thorough editing process. Longer pieces will have a proportionately longer editing timeline. Student authors seeking to publish a comment on a particular legal case should follow the Online Essays guidelines.

CLR Online Submission Requirements

  • Authors should email all submissions as Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) attachments to *(student authors, see exceptions below)
  • All citations should conform to the 20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
  • All online submissions should cite using endnotes, not footnotes.
  • Where applicable, all endnotes should include a hyperlink to the relevant source.
  • A zip file of all cited sources should accompany the piece.

All submissions should include the following contact information:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Mail Address
  • Phone Number
  • CV

Those unable to submit via email may send the above to:
California Law Review Online Department
California Law Review
40 Boalt Hall
UC Berkeley School of Law
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Student Authors

For blog posts, student-authors will receive the same consideration for publication as any other author. This means that student authors need not submit posts anonymously. Please note that publication is selective and not guaranteed.

For all other types of online publications, student authors should submit their work anonymously. Anonymous submissions will allow the editorial board to make publication decisions based on the neutral and fair consideration of the written work. Only following selection will California Law Review Online editors learn the identity of the student authors.

  • Student authors should follow these submission requirements:
    Email submissions to CLR Administrator Maro Vidal-Manou at
  • Submit your piece in a PDF version without identifying author information on the file.
  • Comply with the citation guidelines and source collection requirements included above.
  • Enclose a cover sheet that includes
  1. Title of the piece;
  2. Your class year; and
  3. Your contact information (email, phone, address).

Should you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact Senior Online Editor, Meghan Fenzel at