La Raza Law Journal
Boalt Hall School of Law
UC Berkeley

La Raza Law Journal

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Call for Papers -- Rolling Submissions

The Berkeley La Raza Law Journal invites you to submit, for consideration in our next edition (Volume 20), original articles or commentaries for publication that offer innovative, timely, practical or controversial viewpoints addressing law or policy issues relating specifically to Latinas/os or people of color generally.  We welcome manuscripts from academics, practitioners and students across disciplines.  Now in its twenty-seventh year, the Journal embraces its long-standing responsibility to act not only as a forum for academic analysis of judicial decisions and legislative enactments, but as a guide to policymakers, scholars, practitioners and advocates in establishing an agenda for our community's future.

Latina/o law students at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) established the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal in 1981.  Their goal was to produce a publication that would capture the imagination of legislators, stir the conscience of judges and provide a dynamic tool for practitioners concerned with the impact their work would have on the Latino community

In furtherance of this original vision, the Journal has strived over the past twenty-seven years to fulfill its present mandate: to provide an open forum for the analysis of legal issues affecting the Latina/o community, to publish articles written by Latina/o students, scholars and practitioners and to serve as a legal research resource.  The Journal is the longest continually published Latina/o law journal in the country.  The Hispanic National Bar Association honored the Journal as its 2003 Student Organization of the Year.

Over the past twenty-seven years, the Journal's growth and development has mirrored the growing diversity of issues faced by our expanding community.  Consequently, while we continue to examine the historical issues faced by our community's immigrant founders, we pay particular attention to the contemporary issues their children currently face nationwide.  Past Journal issues reflect the comprehensive scope of these concerns, having addressed such vital and varied conditions as border violence, bilingual education, race relations, juvenile justice, housing discrimination, labor law, affirmative action, immigration law, voting rights, community lawyering, rural communities, policy brutality, health care and Latina/o Critical Legal ("LatCrit") Theory.

Submissions Policies:

  • Submitted manuscripts will not be returned unless the author so requests and includes a self-addressed stamped envelope. The author should retain a copy of the manuscript to facilitate correspondence and proofreading.
  • Manuscripts are accepted only after an author affirms that the content has not been previously published. If any part of a submission has been previously published, or is to be published elsewhere, the author must include this information at the time of submission.
  • Please include on the title page the full name(s) of author(s), academic or other professional affiliations, as well as the complete address and phone number of the author(s) to whom correspondence should be sent.
  • Please include a copy of your curriculum vitae as well as a cover letter describing the manuscript and its suitability for publication in our Journal.
  • The text and citations of the Journal should conform generally to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed. 2005).
  • Manuscripts submitted electronically (Microsoft Word format preferred) should be sent to
  • Manuscripts submitted by regular mail should include two double-spaced copies, with wide margins to:

Attn: Submissions Committee
Berkeley La Raza Law Journal
585 Simon Hall
Boalt Hall School of Law
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720