LA RAZA LAW JOURNAL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
To publish articles
written by Latina/o students, scholars and practitioners.
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
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.
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
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