Criminal Justice Student Orgs / Journals

  • The UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review (CJLR) focuses on current topics in criminal law, policy, and practice. CJLR seeks to develop a discourse regarding criminal justice by publishing articles, editorials, and interviews of practitioners, academics, and policymakers. CJLR also aims to foster a community by hosting an annual symposium for students, academics, practitioners, policymakers, and judges to come together to discuss current criminal justice issues and publishing an annual edition of articles by an accordingly diverse range of authors.

    CJLR is committed to the accessibility of its materials by making all publications available online for free. CJLR editorial board is composed of students from UCLA School of Law and functions with the support of the UCLA School of Law faculty and administration. For information about the current edition of CJLR, or to submit for publication consideration, please email cjlr@lawnet.ucla.edu.

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  • The UCLA Criminal Justice Society (CJS) is a student group that strives to advance justice within the criminal law system. We will do this by promoting criminal law dialogue, practice, reform, policy, scholarship and career development at UCLA. We seek to promote a critical examination of the criminal justice system through the participation of an inclusive community of individuals who want to engage with criminal law. Though our members' backgrounds and political ideologies may vary, we are all committed to increasing the presence of criminal law at UCLA and creating a forum for UCLA School of Law students to contribute to criminal law practice, reform, scholarship and policymaking.

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  • The UCLA National Black Law Journal has been committed to scholarly discourse exploring the intersection of race and the law for 35 years. The NBLJ was started in 1970 by five African-American law students and two African-American law professors. The Journal was the first of its kind in the country. Because of the drop in African-American students at UCLA School of Law after the passage of Proposition 209, the Journal was sent to Columbia where publication could be continued. One of the Journal's founding editors noted that it was important that there be a forum for providing a theoretical framework for practical daily application of black legal ideas and concepts.

    The Journal has aimed to build on this tradition by publishing articles that make a substantive contribution to current dialogue taking place around issues such as affirmative action, employment law, the criminal justice system, community development and labor issues. The Journal has a commitment to publishing articles that inspire new thought, explore new alternatives and contribute to current jurisprudential stances.

    In 2005, a group of students at UCLA began the process of bringing the Journal back to its birthplace through the organization of a symposium entitled "Regression Analysis: The Status of African-Americans in American Legal Education." In the fall of 2009, a group of committed students reformed the NBLJ Board and in spring 2010, NBLJ was published at UCLA for the first time in more than a decade.

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  • The Pacific Basin Law Journal (PBLJ) is considered the world's foremost journal focused on Pacific Rim issues. We are committed to publishing original, cutting-edge scholarship that significantly contributes to the study of this important region of the world, and we seek to enhance dialogue between U.S. and international scholars through our publications. Past issues have featured articles by leading scholars and practitioners on a range of international and comparative law topics, including human rights, constitutional law, criminal law, international trade, labor and employment, corporate governance, climate change, and intellectual property. The breadth and diversity of topics covered by the PBLJ make it one of the most exciting, informative, and authoritative student publications at UCLA School of Law.

    The PBLJ is an entirely student-run law journal. Founded in 1982, it is the second oldest journal at UCLA Law. We publish twice a year and are available on LexisNexis, HeinOnline, eScholarship, and Westlaw.

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