Criminal Justice Law Review

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Mission: 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

Call for Submissions: Volume 4

The UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review seeks submissions for publication in Volume 4 from law students, academics, policymakers, practitioners, advocates, activists, and people who have been impacted by the criminal legal system. Law students and alumni, including the class of 2019, are especially encouraged to submit. The CJLR Articles Department will prioritize student-written submissions for publication, including those written for an independent study, papers for upper-division seminars, and other works not written for credit.

CJLR focuses on current topics in criminal law, policy, and practice. We seek to develop discourse on criminal justice by publishing articles, editorials, interviews, and nontraditional pieces from practitioners, legal and nonlegal academics, policymakers, and student contributors. CJLR publishes traditional full-length works of legal analysis as well as other non-academic works. There is no page minimum or limit for consideration.

This year, CJLR partnered with the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School to publish works from the Progressing Reform of Fees and Fines conference on the impact of economic sanctions. Accordingly, we are especially interested in publishing work that highlights the role of fines and fees in the criminal legal system, though we will accept articles on a range of topics. We encourage submissions on any issues which advance discourse in the field of criminal justice.

Authors may send questions about style, formatting, or publication timeline—and may submit their pieces at any time—by emailing the UCLA Criminal Justice Law Review at or submit through Scholastica. Expedited review is available for articles submitted before December 1. We will continue to consider articles after this deadline depending on availability.