The Southwestern Law Review is a student-edited quarterly journal that publishes scholarly articles and commentary on the law contributed by prominent jurists, practitioners, law professors, and student members of the Law Review staff.
Participation in the Law Review program provides students with the opportunity for concentrated study in specific areas of the law and enhances their skills in legal research, writing and analysis. Each Law Review member has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and a solid foundation in legal skills. Students ranked in the top 10% of the first-year day or SCALE, and second-year evening or PLEAS classes are invited to participate on Law Review. Additionally, several students in the top 30% of their class are extended invitations based on their performance in the annual Summer Write-On Competition. The entire editorial and publication process is directed by an editorial board composed of students who have met stringent academic requirements and have at least one year of membership on the Law Review staff. Please note - the Law Review staff prefers submissions via ExpressO - click here for complete details.
The Southwestern Law Review focuses on a variety of legal issues in California and federal law. Recent volumes have featured articles examining environmental law, the First Amendment, labor law, family law, public interest law, health law, copyright, criminal procedure, the right to privacy, sexual harassment, and the federal and state Statutes of Limitation.
As part of its activities, the Law Review also sponsors symposia and the Distinguished Lecture Series. These programs feature prominent members of the legal community who lecture or participate in panel discussions on topical legal issues. Recent symposia have covered topics such as: Stuck in Forward? Debt, Austerity and the Possibilities of the Political, a ClassCrits Workshop; 40 Years of LGBT Legal Activism - Taking Stock and Looking Ahead; CERCLA and the Future of Liability-Based Environmental Regulation; Beyond Borders - Extraterritoriality in American Law; Bankruptcy in the New Millennium; and The Evolution of J.D. Programs - Is Non-Traditional Becoming More Traditional?