The California Law Review will be opening spring submissions early February 2021.
- Articles should be less than 35,000 words (including footnotes).
- CLR considers pieces that are substantially legal in nature, and will accept pieces that would traditionally be considered articles, essays, or book reviews.
- Citations should conform to the 20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
- Please include with your submission the following information for each author:
- Mailing Address
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Author’s CV
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 an 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 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 Maya Campbell and Charlotte Kamai at firstname.lastname@example.org.