UC Davis School of Law has five student run journals. Academic credit is offered to students for participating in select roles in three of the Law School's student journals: Environs, Journal of International Law & Policy, and the UC Davis Law Review. Information about all five journals is listed below.
UC Davis Law Review
The UC Davis Law Review publishes five issues annually. Four issues typically contain scholarly works by professionals and students in the traditional law review format. The fifth issue typically contains symposium pieces that deal in depth with a selected topic of interest to legal scholars and practicing lawyers. Past symposia receiving nation-wide attention explored First Amendment rights in public schools, Katz v. United States and its impact on constitutional criminal procedure, and intellectual property’s role in promoting social justice. A student’s acceptance onto law review is determined by a competitive write-on competition, as opposed to grade point average or faculty appointments.
Editors of the Law Review may receive four credits over two semesters for service as an Editor. Editors must have completed an editorship quality note or comment and must perform editorial duties requiring a substantial time commitment. Law Review awards credits to Editors on a deferred basis upon completion of both semesters and only after certification by the Editor in Chief of the Law Review and approval of the faculty advisors to the Law Review. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
A student can also receive credit as a Law Review Member by writing a membership-quality law review note or comment under the supervision of Editors of the Law Review. “Office hours” (production work done on forthcoming articles) are also required. In the spring semester credit may be obtained only upon achieving status as a Member of the Law Review, which requires that the student make substantial progress toward completing an editorship note or comment. Member status is awarded only after certification by a Senior Note and Comment Editor, who supervises the individual Member’s progress, as well as the completion of a sufficient amount of office hours. One unit of credit is earned the first semester. Two units are earned the second semester upon completing a editorship-quality draft. One unit is earned second semester if only a membership draft is completed. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Business Law Journal
The UC Davis Business Law Journal (BLJ) is run by dedicated law students who are committed to providing current and valuable legal and business analysis. Participating students increase their opportunities to foster relationships with some of the most notable individuals in business law.
BLJ was the first business law journal in the nation to electronically publish articles written by professionals, academics, and law students using a concise, journalistic style. The journal is now published in both electronic and hard-copy format. While traditional law journals are heavy on academic theory and light on practical information, BLJ aims to provide a balanced synthesis of both. BLJ addresses a broad spectrum of issues that fall within the intersection of business and the law, including tax matters, intellectual property concerns, bankruptcy planning, employee benefits, information on the impact of recent legal rulings, and more.
BLJ also features interviews conducted by journal members with attorneys, professionals, judges, and academics. The interviews are aimed at providing timely and relevant discussions with and forecasts from those professionals who are shaping today's business and legal fields. Consequently, BLJ is a useful resource for both practitioners and academics in the often-interrelated worlds of business and law.
The students of BLJ are committed to bridging the gap between law school and practice, cultivating and sharing knowledge of developments in legal and business news, and promoting a new generation of ethical and professional business leaders.
Environs is a biannual environmental law and policy journal which supports an open forum for the discussion of current environmental issues. Articles explore environmental issues, particularly those pertaining to the state of California. The Editor in Chief of Environs receives one credit for each semester of service. The editor-in-chief of Environs receives two units credit for each semester of service. Managing editors receive 1 unit of credit. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Journal of International Law & Policy
The Journal of International Law & Policy is a biannual journal produced by King Hall students with an interest in international law. The journal's goal is to provide interesting and well-written articles by both students and professionals. The editor-in-chief of the Journal receives two credits for each semester of service. Managing editors receive 1 unit of credit. Grading is on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.
Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy
The Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy is a biannual publication of the UC Davis School of Law addressing the unique concerns of children, their advocates, and the American legal system. Initially a product of the creativity and activism of a small group of King Hall students, the Journal has evolved into a vigorous scholarly publication committed to providing practical information regarding current juvenile, family, and educational law issues. A unique publication, the Journal is bifurcated to publish both academic works as well as practitioner and juvenile submissions in each volume The ultimate goal of the Journal is to encourage awareness and involvement by the legal community in the various issues facing juveniles today.