As the web edition of the California Law ReviewCalifornia Law Review Online features timely analyses of legal issues in an accessible format that represent a range of viewpoints. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Submission Guidelines

Our online publication showcases a variety of pieces, including blog posts, essays, and response pieces, as described below. California Law Review Online publishes on a rolling basis. Pieces typically range from 1,000 to 3,000 words. Longer submissions of approximately 10,000 words may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. California Law Review Online welcomes writing from legal academics, law students, practitioners, and community members who have experience with legal services.

Blog Posts

California Law Review Online is an outlet for authors to share their brief and unique takes. A blog post should generally range from 1,000 to 1,500 words and adopt a more accessible tone and format. Please cite any relevant authorities in endnotes. California Law Review Online aims to publish pieces approximately one month after approval to allow for both a timely discussion and a thorough editing process. A successful blog post not only provides a novel perspective on a current topic but also highlights the author’s voice.

California Law Review Online prioritizes pieces that emphasize 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.

Online Essays

California Law Review Online invites authors to submit pieces about recent issues that would benefit from the speedier online publication cycle. Online essays should meet the general guidelines of California Law Review‘s 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 any relevant authorities in endnotes. California Law Review Online aims to publish online essays approximately two to three months after approval, allowing 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.

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. Please cite any relevant authorities in endnotes. California Law Review Online aims 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. Submissions can be an early draft or a well-developed outline.

California Law Review Online Submission Requirements

  • Authors* should email all submissions as Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) attachments to clrcircuit@gmail.com. *(Student authors, please 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

Submissions may also be sent to the following address:

California Law Review Online Department
California Law Review
40 Law Building
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 pieces, student authors should submit their work anonymously. Anonymous submissions will allow the editorial board to make publication decisions based on a 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 mvmanou@law.berkeley.edu.
  • Submit your piece in a PDF version without identifying author information on the file.
  • Comply with the citation guidelines and source collection requirements listed above.
  • Enclose a cover sheet that includes
  1. Title of the piece;
  2. Your class year; and
  3. Your contact information (email, phone, address).

If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact Senior Online Editor Natasha Geiling at clrcircuit@gmail.com.