Hastings Law Journal Submissions
The Hastings Law Journal gladly considers unsolicited manuscripts by members of the legal community. The Journal reviews submissions two times a year, in February–March and August, which is exclusively online through Scholastica. In addition to articles, the Journal welcomes essays, speeches, responses, and other forms of scholarly publications.
Please also note the Journal will no longer be giving automatic reprints, however, we will work with you to order them through our publisher.
- Submissions should be double-spaced, typewritten, with citations in either footnote or endnote style. We prefer articles that are under 30,000 words, including text and footnotes – approximately 60 law review pages.
- Citations should conform to The Bluebook.
- All submissions should be accompanied by a CV, cover letter, and a brief abstract. All necessary contact information should also be included.
The Journal carefully reviews the manuscripts it selects. This process begins by hand selection from our articles department who then work with our faculty advisers to evaluate the quality and interest before making an offer. Offers for publication are made over email with a window given for acceptance.
In the event an author is presented with a deadline from another publication, we will make every effort to expedite review of their work. Unfortunately, we will only be able to expedite review during the school year (mid-August through mid-May). We understand the complexities this situation raises, however, we hope you understand the process takes time and we are not able to omit stages in our review process.
To request an expedited review during business hours, please do so on Scholastica or by email to g. Expedite requests should include the author’s name, the title of the article, the name(s) of the offering journal(s), and the deadline date.
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