The Southwestern Law Review invites authors to submit scholarly articles and commentary that focus on any legal principle. Recent volumes have featured articles examining California and federal law, including areas such as 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.
Law Review accepts submissions from jurists, professors and practitioners of law. Law Review does not accept submissions from J.D. students. Manuscripts should be submitted in English with both text and footnotes typed and double-spaced. Citation in the footnotes should comply with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed., 2010). Authors should be prepared to provide any cited sources upon the Law Review's request. Law Review accepts submissions with the understanding that their content has not been published elsewhere.
Authors should include an abstract and a resume or C.V. with their submissions. Please include an email address and phone number where Law Review can reach the author.
Authors may only submit their articles to the Southwestern Law Review electronically. Please note that submissions via ExpressO are preferred. Submissions should be in Word or WordPerfect format. Law Review greatly appreciates all submissions and attempts to notify authors of acceptance or rejection as soon as possible.
Please send questions to the Editor-in-Chief of Law Review at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 738-6744.
Law Review accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Consideration for publication in each volume begins in March each year and continues until the volume is filled. Fall books are typically filled prior to August, and Spring books prior to December.
The Editing Process
The student executive board reviews articles once they are received and makes all final decisions regarding publication. The faculty and advisors of the Southwestern Law Review may be consulted during the evaluation of articles.
Once an article is accepted for publication, the Editor-in-Chief sends a packet of information to the author, including a contract. After the publication contract has been signed, technical and substantive editing of the article commences. Editing for the Fall books commences in September and editing for the Spring books in January. The Southwestern Law Review primarily seeks to edit for correct citation, citation format, grammar, organization and clarity. Substantive edits affecting the content and thesis of an article are typically not made unless support for a proposition of law cannot be found.
Law Review reserves the right to refuse to publish an article previously accepted for publication. This right is typically only exercised in extreme circumstances (plagiarism, no legal support for basic propositions, etc.).
Once the initial editing is complete, the author is sent a final .pdf version of the article to review. After the author's review, the article is reviewed by the Law Review's editorial board only for technical errors before being sent to the publisher.