The Law Review accepts student papers during our Call for Submissions periods, which are communicated to the UCLA School of Law student body via e-mail. All Comments will be identified using Final Examination Numbers. The Comments Department evaluates student submissions using a variety of criteria, including originality, timeliness, logic of argument, use of authority, and writing style. The standards for selection are high and the Law Review usually only expects to select two submissions for publication per issue. No single student may publish more than two total Comments with the UCLA Law Review.
How to Submit
To submit a paper, you must email one copy of your manuscript to Comments@law.ucla.edu on or before Monday, March 30, 2015 at 12:00pm. In your email, please include your:
- Full name
- Primary email address
- Primary telephone number from which you can be reached during the day
- Fall 2014 final exam number
- Signed Declaration of Academic Integrity
Transfer, Visiting, and LLM students may retrieve an exam number from the Records Office. No member of the UCLA Law Review will have access to this email address, and all information will remain anonymous. The electronic title of your file should read “Comment – [your topic].” For example, “Comment – Freedom of the Press in Murder Trials.” Do NOT identify yourself by name in the title of your file.
The Comments Department will consider all student-written Comments for publication, including those written for an independent study, papers for upper-division seminars, and other works not written for credit. However, the UCLA Law Review does not publish essays, book reviews, response pieces, casenotes, poetry, or other non-academic student-written works. There is no page limit or minimum for consideration. As a guideline, Comments chosen for publication are usually around 20,000 words, including footnotes. Preference will be given to Comments that are 25,000 words or less.
When evaluating work for publication, the Comments Department looks for timeliness, depth of analysis, clear writing style, and use of authority. We encourage students who have not been chosen for publication in other slating cycles to resubmit for consideration.
The UCLA Law Review welcomes submissions from eligible UCLA School of Law students who are not current members of the Law Review. In addition to the possibility of being published, non-member student authors may receive an offer of Law Review membership. If a Comment is slated for print-journal publication before October 1 of the student’s 3L year, the Board of Editors may extend an offer of membership with the publication offer. The membership offer is contingent on the production demands of the Law Review. All Law Review members, including students receiving membership offers through this publication option, are required to fulfill all staff responsibilities, with adjustments available under the discretion of the Board of Editors. Publishing with the UCLA Law Review, however, does not require accepting an offer of membership.
If you would like to gauge the types of student-written Comments that are accepted for publication, we invite you to refer to past issues of the UCLA Law Review. The Law Library carries past copies on the first floor under call number K25.C55; additionally, Comments appearing in the UCLA Law Review are available on the UCLA Law Review Website (www.uclalawreview.org), Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Hein Online. In order to be eligible for publication, you must be currently enrolled at the UCLA School of Law. Your work must have been written while studying at a law school. Transfer and Visiting Students may submit works written at other schools.