La Raza Law Journal
Boalt Hall School of Law
UC Berkeley

La Raza Law Journal

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The Berkeley La Raza Law Journal ("BLRLJ" or "the Journal") is entering its twenty-seventh year of producing knowledge designed to capture the imagination of legislators, stir the consciences of judges, and provide a dynamic tool for practitioners concerned with the impact of their work on behalf of the Latina/o community.


The Journal was imagined in 1980 and established in 1981 by Latina/o students and our allies at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. The Journal is one of the few law reviews in the United States that center Latina/o conditions, communities, and identities and holds itself as the longest continuously running Latina/o law journal in the country.

The Journal was established to provide a forum, which previously did not exist, to analyze legal issues affecting the Latina/o community. Previous issues have addressed bilingual education, affirmative action, immigration law, labor law and policy, voting rights, community empowerment, new models of organizing labor, rural communities, and Latina/o Critical Legal Theory.

In spring, we traditionally host a symposium to bring together law and other students, with professors, lawyers, activists and other community members to learn about and discuss current issues affecting the Latina/o community. Additionally, we irregularly hold colloquia and installments of our speaker series. Learn more about how we organize live events to produce critical knowledge.

These events and others are part of our evolving project to transform conventional legal education at Boalt Hall in order to help Latina/o law students and our allies become better advocates for social justice, self-determination, and liberation in the United States and abroad.  ¡Por la raza habla el espíritu!


To provide an open forum for the analysis of legal issues affecting the Latina/o community.

We appreciate the diversity of the Latina/o community in the United States in terms of national origin, socio-economic status, political viewpoint, sexual orientation and professional pursuits. Our publication and symposia provide opportunities for the expression of such diversity and for discourse among divergent views.

To publish articles written by Latina/o students, scholars and practitioners.

Submissions are accepted from students, practitioners, and scholars of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Due to the low numbers of Latinas/os in legal education, the BLRLJ particularly supports the voices of Latina/o scholars in legal academia.

To serve as a legal research resource.

Through our articles and our symposia, we strive to provide current scholarly research to aid students and practitioners who work on legal issues of importance to Latinas/os.

Potential members should visit this page.

In 2007, we launched our new undergraduate fellow program, which introduces U.C. Berkeley undergraduates to the production of critical legal knowledge and provides valuable opportunities to meet and interact with lawyers, legal scholars and others who have dedicated their lives to the Latina/o community.


Cite as: Berkeley La Raza L.J.