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Public Interest Journals & Websites

A full definition of the term "Public Interest Journals & Websites" as it is used in this Law School Public Interest and Pro Bono directory


Law school publications covering substantive issues relating to public interest or public policy matters enable participating law students to gain experience in legal research and scholarship while exploring ideas and issues from a public interest law perspective. Typical topics include civil rights, environmental law, family law and poverty law.

List of Responding Schools

Albany Law School

The Government Law & Policy Journal is a scholarly, yet dynamic, periodical covering issues of importance to attorneys working in government and for non-profit organizations. It is published twice yearly by the NY State Bar Assn Committee on Attorneys in Public Service and is produced by ALS's Government Law Center. Several students serve on the Journal's editorial board under the direction of ALS professor and editor-in-chief Vincent Bonventre.

American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law has numerous journals and publications; all that welcome submissions and host symposia that include a public interest focus. Below are just some examples, please see here for all publications at the law school

Human Rights Brief: AUWCL’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law established the student-run Human Rights Brief as part of its long-standing commitment to human rights education and excellence in legal analysis and writing. For nearly 30 years, the Center has worked with students, faculty, and the international legal community to provide and to support concise, cutting-edge legal analysis of human rights issues. The Human Rights Brief continues to enjoy great success contributing articles, editing pieces, representing the Center at human rights events around Washington, D.C., and working with practitioners around the world to further scholarship and examine emerging issues in the disciplines of human rights and humanitarian law.

The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, founded in 1992, provides a forum for those interested in gender issues and feminist legal studies. In 1998, the Journal expanded its mission to include social policy as well as gender issues. Our current approach reflects our intent to fill a void in legal scholarship by providing an opportunity for academic discussion that is otherwise overlooked by traditional journals. By focusing on gender and social policy issues, we are committed to creating a dialogue among disparate social, economic, and gender groups in order to find our common humanity under the law.

The Modern American is American University Washington College of Law's scholarly publication dedicated to diversity and the law. TMA is a student-run publication founded in 2004. The Modern American is a name that conveys the nation's evolution as an increasingly diverse and complex place that is experiencing tremendous change, both exciting and frightening, in the era of twenty-first century politics.

The Oversight Project: This blog is being developed in connection with a seminar being taught at American University Washington College of Law that will explore and analyze the work of the Inspectors General, Office of Government Ethics, Office of Special Counsel, Government Accountability Office, and the Office of Management and Budget, among other constituent elements of the “oversight and accountability community.” In connection with the course, students will participate in developing and implementing this new online publication. Students working on the blog will publish updates on newsworthy developments from the oversight and accountability community as well as more extensive analytical essays about their work. Practitioners and representatives of those agencies will contribute posts as well. Students will monitor new developments on relevant websites, draft and publish to the blog, and work on development of the blog platform itself. This publication is in the developmental stage, so the class will be deciding what kinds of developments should be considered newsworthy and how they should be reported.

The Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief (SDLP) is a student-run initiative at AUWCL. Because our publication focuses on reconciling the tensions found within our ecosystem, it spans a broad range of environmental issues such as sustainable development; trade; renewable energy; human rights; air, water, and noise regulation; climate change; land use, conservation, and property rights; resource use and regulation; and animal protection.

Appalachian School of Law

The Appalachian Journal of Law's mission statement focuses, in part, on scholarship related to community service. The Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal promotes the understanding of issues in the field of natural resources law.

Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Arizona Summit Law School

Ave Maria School of Law

Barry University School of Law

Baylor University Law School

Boston College Law School

Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review

First published in 1971, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (EA) is one of the nation's two oldest law reviews dedicated to environmental law. Having developed and maintained a national reputation as one of the country's leading environmental and land use journals, EA has the highest subscription rate among the law reviews at Boston College Law School.

Third World Law Journal

Founded in 1978, the Third World Law Journal is a unique legal periodical that fills the need for a progressive, alternative legal perspective on issues both within the United States and in the developing world. The Journal's scope includes issues affecting underrepresented populations, human and civil rights, immigration, women's and children's issues, and issues of disproportionate economic impact. Published twice annually, the Journal contains articles by outside authors, student notes, and student book reviews. The founders of the Journal envisioned it as a forum for discussing legal issues affecting people, cultures, and institutions that share a common history of colonialism, oppression, under-representation, and marginalization in the political and economic processes.

For a complete listing of BC Law journals and for more detailed information about the journals, visit:

Boston University School of Law

Founded in 1990 and published twice a year, the Public Interest Law Journal (PILJ ) is a non-partisan publication dedicated to academic discussion of legal issues in the public interest. It focuses on constitutional law, criminal law, family and legal ethics, environmental issues, education and civil rights law, and is particularly interested in submissions that combine theory and practical application. The Journal is edited by second- and third-year students selected for membership on the basis of a writing competition.

Each volume contains various articles relating to public interest written by practicing lawyers, professors, judges, scholars and public officials, as well as book reviews, current developments in the law and other commentaries. In addition, the Journal publishes student-written notes on current public interest issues.

In addition to PILJ, there are several other scholarly journals which offer students the opportunity to research and write about current legal topics in the field of public interest law. The other law school journals are the Boston University Law Review, American Journal of Law and Medicine, Annual Review of Banking & Financial Law, Boston University International Law Journal and Journal of Science & Technology Law .

Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School

Education and Law Journal: The journal focuses on education issues. Student editors have the option of participating in public school mentoring programs. Faculty Advisor: Professor Scott Ferrin, [email protected], (801) 422-4804.

Journal of Public Law: This student-edited journal focuses on issues arising in public law. Faculty Advisor: Professor Lynn Wardle, [email protected], (801) 422-2617.

Brooklyn Law School

Articles in The Brooklyn Law Review, Brooklyn Journal of International Law and particularly The Journal of Law and Policy often address issues relevant to the public interest community. In addition, website users can access the section on public service directly from the School's homepage. That section provides a wealth of information about many aspects of the public service program including pro bono opportunities, clinics, faculty, curriculum, funding, fellowships and internships, and others topics. Employment and job search resources are also available in the Public Service section of the website. As of the Fall of 2009, Brooklyn Law School's website will include an internal portal for enrolled students, and sections of the website intended for their use will not be viewable on the external website.

California Western School of Law

Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

Capital University Law School

Case Western Reserve University Law School

Catholic University of America School of Law

CUA Law's two student-edited publications, Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology and the Catholic University Law Review include public policy/interest matters among the issues of concern they address.

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law


Charleston School of Law

City University of New York Law at Queens College

New York City Law Review

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Columbia University School of Law

Columbia Human Rights Law Review
Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
Columbia Journal of Gender and Law
Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems
Columbia Journal of Race & Law
Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

Cornell Law School

Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy:

Volume 14 Number 1, Fall 2004

Volume 14 Number 2, Summer 2005

Volume 14 Number 3, Summer 2005

Cornell Law Review:

Volume 90 Number 1, November 2004

Volume 90 Number 2, January 2005

Volume 90 Number 3, March 2005

Cornell International Law Journal:

Volume 37 Issue 1

Volume 37 Issue 3

Volume 38 Issue 1

Creighton University School of Law


DePaul University College of Law

The Journal for Social Justice continues to publish twice a year. The journal is now available on line at

Drake University School of Law

Drake Journal of Agricultural Law

As the only legal journal from an accredited law school focusing on agricultural law issues, the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law is dedicated to the review of legal issues affecting the agriculture industry. It seeks to provide a forum to explore contemporary issues in international and domestic agriculture law and bring these issues to the attention of the entire community.

The journal publishes articles written by professors, judges, attorneys, practitioners, students, and others on a national and international level.

Drake Law Review

The Drake Law Review publishes exemplary articles, notes, and lectures that are academically and practically relevant to professors, judges, practitioners, and law students. It has been ranked as one of the topmost court-cited legal periodicals in the nation, including being cited by the United States Supreme Court in 2003.

The Drake Law Review also publishes Discourse , an online component established in 2012. Discourse features short legal articles, essays, and case commentaries on current topics in the legal community.

Drexel University Thomas R, Kline School of Law

Duke University School of Law

All the journals regularly feature public interest articles. Sample public interest articles for 2004-2005 can be found at

Duquesne University School of Law

Elon University School of Law

Emory University School of Law

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Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

Florida A&M University College of Law

Florida Coastal School of Law

No journals. Information about the law school clinics can be found at

Florida International University College of Law

Florida State University College of Law

Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law

Journal of Transnational Law and Policy



Fordham University School of Law


George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

George Washington University Law School

Public Interest Website:

Georgetown University Law Center

American Criminal Law Review

Annual Review of Criminal Procedure

Georgetown Environmental Law Review

Georgetown Immigration Law Journal

Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law

The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives

Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy

Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy

Georgetown Law Journal

Journal of National Security Law & Policy

For more information on clinics, visit:

Georgia State University College of Law

Golden Gate University School of Law

Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal

The Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law

Gonzaga University School of Law

The Gonzaga Journal of International Law (GJIL)is an on-line law journal that is practice-oriented and edited by students in compliance with law review editorial standards. The journal includes articles, essays, comments, and notes from practicing attorneys, law professors, law students, business professionals, and government officials. GJIL is located at

Founded in 1997, GJIL seeks to expand its influence beyond the pages of the Journal by actively addressing pertinent issues affecting the legal and political communities both in the United States and abroad. The Journal is equally committed to public service and holds events dedicated to public service each year. The GJIL annual Symposium, which addresses various international legal, political and social issues, draws highly respected legal scholars from local, national, and international communities.

Harvard University Law School

BlackLetter Law Journal

Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review


Environmental Law Review


Human Rights Journal


Journal of Law and Public Policy

Latino Law Review

Women's Law Journal



Hofstra University School of Law

HOFSTRA LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW JOURNAL, Volume 22, No. 2 (Spring 2005) - The 40th Anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Howard University School of Law

Human Rights & Globalization Law Review

Illinois Institute of Technology: Chicago-Kent College of Law

The A2J Student Editorial Board is a student-run initiative directed at training students in the use of A2J Author®, creating A2J Guided Interviews® and conducting research to increase access to justice. The A2J Student Editorial Board is comprised of a Chief Editor, Executive Editor, Senior Editors and Associate Editors.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington)

Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies: The Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies is a student-edited, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal focusing on the intersections of global and domestic legal regimes, markets, politics, technologies, and cultures. This Journal seeks to facilitate dialogue among international communities of scholars in law, politics, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and other disciplines with intersecting concerns bearing on new forms of global law in the United States and around the world.

Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality: The Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality serves as an interdisciplinary academic forum for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and students to contribute to society's understanding of legal and policy issues concerning social equality. The Journal aims to become a major effort for leading scholars and practitioners to improve race and gender relations, foster new research in and across the disciplines, and provide the intellectual foundation for the pursuit of social justice.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law

John Marshall Law School

John Marshall Law School – Atlanta

Lewis & Clark Law School


Animal Law Review Animal Law was the first journal dedicated to animal law issues and today is the leading journal in this rapidly growing field. The objective is to provide a balanced scholarly forum to discuss all aspects of animal law. Animal Law is published bi-annually. Each volume includes two issues: a fall/winter issue and a spring/summer issue.

Environmental Law Established in 1969, Environmental Law is the nation's oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental issues. Environmental Law publishes four issues each year on a quarterly calendar. Topics of discussion run the gamut from in-depth analyses of recent cases to more abstract discussions of the latest pollution prevention theories.

Lewis & Clark Law Review Lewis & Clark Law Review is a general-purpose law review publishing original scholarship from across the legal academy. Select issues focus in part or in full on public interest topics

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Career & Professional Development Center

Certificate Programs

Clinical Programs


Externships/Field Placements

Institutes and Centers

Journals and Publications


Northwest Public Service Career Fair

Pro Bono & Community Service Program

Public Interest Law


Summer Stipends

Student Groups

Liberty University School of Law

None at this time.

Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Loyola Law School: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

37 Loyola Law Review - Social Justice Symposium

Loyola University Chicago: Loyola University Chicago School of Law

  • Children’s Legal Rights Journal
  • Consumer Law Review
  • Interest Law Reporter

Loyola University New Orleans: Loyola University New Orleans School of Law

Loyola University New Orleans Journal of Public Interest Law Printing costs and $12,000 in scholarships for editorial board members are provided by the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center.

Marquette University Law School

Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review publishes articles devoted to international and domestic civil rights and social justice perspectives on employee benefits, disability, elder, health, poverty, and social insurance law. Since 2002, and as formerly known as the Elder's Advisor, it has been produced by Marquette University law students who work closely with experts in the field to bring to publication a readable compendium of current issues and complex policy problems at the intersection of benefits law and social justice.

Mercer University School of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

Mississippi College: Mississippi College School of Law

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy and Practice -

New England School of Law: New England School of Law

The Center for Law and Social Responsibility,

The Center for International Law and Policy,

The New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement,

The New England Journal of International and Comparative Law,

New York Law School: New York Law School

Justice Action Center Student Capstone Journal


Lawyers Without Borders Global Human Rights Bulletin

New York University: New York University School of Law

For a complete list of NYU's journals, see

Environmental Law Journal-

Journal of International Law and Politics -

Journal of Legislation and Public Policy -

Law Review -

Review of Law and Social Change -

North Carolina Central University School of Law

Northeastern University: Northeastern University School of Law

The Northeastern University Law Journal emphasizes the practical application of the law and exploring the ways by which the experience of practicing law can educate. By asking practitioners to analyze and write about their own experiences, the Journal accomplishes two educational functions for the legal community. First it informs the legal community about the range of practical issues which confront practitioners in a particular field, and compares the variety of manners by which these issues are resolved. Second it places these issues in legal context by analyzing the legal scholarship and relating the academic analysis to the practical application.

Northern Illinois University: Northern Illinois University College of Law

Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law


Northwestern University: Northwestern Pritzker University School of Law

Students at Northwestern Law publish six journals covering a wide range of subjects. The journals publish the works of the leading researchers in the United States and throughout the world. Public interest-focused journals include the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology , the Journal of Human Rights , and the Journal of Law and Social Policy .

Notre Dame: Notre Dame Law School

Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy

The Journal, which directly analyzes law and public policy from an ethical perspective, is published by the Thomas J. White Center

Nova Southeastern University: Shepard Broad Law Center

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law publishes The Florida Public Interest Journal on behalf of the Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Ohio Northern Claude W. Pettit College of Law

Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Oklahoma City University: Oklahoma City University School of Law

Pace University School of Law

Pace Law Review Volume 24.2

21 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 1 & 2

Penn State Law


While Penn State Law does not have a specific public interest journal, it does have a number of public interest publications including weekly public interest updates and the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs.

Pennsylvania State University The Dickinson School of Law

While Penn State Law does not have a specific public interest journal, it does have a number of public interest publications including an annually updated "Guide to Public Interest Opportunities", weekly public interest updates, bi-annual newsletters, and the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs.

Pepperdine University: Rick J. Caruso School of Law


Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Quinnipiac University School of Law

Regent University: School of Law


Roger Williams University: School of Law

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Center for Law and Justice (Newark)

Women's Rights Law Reporter

Race and the Law Review



Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Camden

The Rutgers International Law and Human Rights Journal

Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy

Rutgers Race and the Law Review

Movement Lawyering Journal

Saint John's University School of Law

Established in 2010, the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John's Law School - and building on the rich history of our predecessor the Journal of Legal Commentary - we are committed to publishing high-quality scholarship and hosting innovative symposia on issues of social, racial and economic justice.

The Journal publishes four issues each year, culling submissions from scholars and students on a range of racial, social and economic justice topics, including:

  • Child advocacy
  • Foster care
  • Criminal justice
  • National security

Saint Louis University: Saint Louis University School of Law

Public Law Review

Saint Mary's University of San Antonio: St. Mary’s University of San Antonio School of Law

The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice

Saint Thomas University: St. Thomas University College of Law (FL)

St. Thomas Law publishes The Florida Public Interest Journal on behalf of the Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Samford University: Cumberland School of Law


Santa Clara University: Santa Clara University School of Law

The Santa Clara Law Review dedicated a symposium to Social Justice: Meeting Human Needs, Examining the Social Safety Net for Working America. This issue can be found at 44 Santa Clara Law Review, Number 4, 2004.

Seattle University: Seattle University School of Law

The Seattle Journal for Social Justice is a peer-reviewed, student-edited, interdisciplinary journal. The SJSJ publishes writings that reflect theoretical, literary and hands-on approaches toward achieving social justice. Traditional academic articles are welcome. Non-traditional formats such as narrative, commentary, interview, essay and artwork are also encouraged

Seton Hall University: Seton Hall University School of Law

Certain faculty teach classes in which students participate in public interest litigation projects.

South Texas College: South Texas College of Law Houston

Southern Illinois University School of Law

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

Southern University Law Center

Southwestern Law School

Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School offers several journals that cover substantive issues relating to public policy and public interest matters.

Environmental Law Journal (ELJ), which was founded in 1978, is a semiannual scholarly periodical dedicated to analyses of current environmental legal issues and policies.

Compiled and edited entirely by Stanford Law School students, ELJ publishes articles, and sometimes essays, on timely and important issues in natural resources law, environmental policy, law and economics, international environmental law, and other topics relating to law and the environment. For example, ELJ has covered such topics as hazardous waste, energy development, natural resources conservation and regulation, global warming, and environmental justice. In particular, ELJ seeks to educate regarding the complexities of the natural world as reflected in the law, and to impart an understanding of the environment within the framework of the legal system.

ELJ solicits submissions from academics, practitioners, and others; it also accepts student articles. ELJ publishes in January and June.

Stanford Journal of Animal Law and Policy was founded in August 2007 to provide a widely accessible forum for the publication and discussion of animal law scholarship.

The Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (SJCRCL) is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to civil rights and liberties issues both domestically and internationally. It seeks to explore the changing landscape of the civil rights and civil liberties dialogue, the real world implications of these changes on society, and the larger structural and systemic implications of these issues.

The Stanford Journal of International Law (SJIL) is a scholarly periodical devoted to analyses of current international legal issues. The student-run biannual prints articles by professors, practitioners, and students on a wide range of legal topics, including public international law, human rights, international trade, and comparative law. SJIL also publishes book reviews.

Within the law school community, SJIL exposes students to cutting-edge issues in international law and develops their research, writing, and editing skills. Outside the law school, it provides a resource for the exchange of scholarly ideas among practitioners, professors, judges, and holders of political office.

SJIL particularly encourages students to write and publish both full-length "notes" and shorter "recent developments." These shorter pieces are half the length of regular notes and discuss the legal significance of an important recent event in international law.

The staff of SJIL is composed of approximately fifty members and twenty editors who work closely with authors on the material for each issue. First-year students are encouraged to participate in the spring workshop and can become editors by the end of their second semester.

The Stanford Law & Policy Review (SLPR) publishes academic articles that analyze the intersection of local and national policy with our legal system. While maintaining the scholarly standards of other law journals, SLPR is written for and distributed to the nation's policymakers: lawyers, judges, government officials, scholars in law and the social sciences, and leaders in the business world. Each issue features a symposium on a current policy topic.

Stetson University: Stetson University College of Law

Stetson does not have a journal devoted to public interest. Several journals may occasionally touch on public interest issues, but none is dedicated to those issues.

Suffolk University Law School

SUNY Buffalo Law School

ABA Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law (housed at UB Law School)

Buffalo Environmental Law Journal

Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal

Buffalo Human Rights Law Review b

Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law & Social Policy

Syracuse University: College of Law

Impunity Watch - Impunity Watch's fundamental goal is to provide a means of casting a light on perceived injustices and providing a voice for the voiceless. This is achieved by providing an open forum, real-time unbiased objective reporting, and reflection on impunity issues throughout the world. Further, they endeavor to foster awareness and build readership by publishing timely, scholarly articles written by academic, professional, and student authors on impunity issues. The publication's true hope is to inspire awareness and to immediately alert the world to impunity issues as they arise. It is the goal of the publication to give the modern day Anne Frank a medium to instantaneously share her story while there is still time to make a difference.

Temple University: James E. Beasley School of Law

Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review

Texas A & M University School of Law

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Texas Tech University School of Law

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s public interest journal is the Homeland and National Security Law Review.

Touro College: Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center


Tulane University: Tulane University School of Law

The Tulane Environmental Law Journal

Law & Sexuality

University of Akron: C. Blake McDowell Law Center


University of Alabama: University of Alabama School of Law

Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review

Alabama Law Review

Journal of the Legal Profession

Law & Psychology Review

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

All of the journals at Arizona Law accept submissions of articles in the public interest.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock: William H. Bowen School of Law

The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service

University of Arkansas School of Law -Fayetteville

Legal Services of Arkansas

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission

Arkansas Bar Association Publications-Pamphlets for the Public

University of Baltimore School of Law

University of California - Irvine School of Law

UCI Law Review: The UC Irvine Law Review was founded in the spring of 2010, during the inaugural year of the UC Irvine School of Law. The Law Review aims to promote exceptional legal scholarship by featuring contributions from a spectrum of academic, practical, and student perspectives. The Review launched its inaugural volume during the 2010-2011 academic year, and often includes public interest focused articles and notes.

University of California - Los Angeles School of Law

UCLA Law is home to not just the UCLA Law Review but more than a dozen other student-edited journals that often or solely focus on public interest issues, including:

  • Asian Pacific American Law Journal
  • Chicanx-Latinx Law Review
  • Criminal Justice Law Review
  • Disability Law Review
  • Dukeminier Awards Journal of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law
  • The Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of law, Culture & Resistance
  • Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
  • Journal of Gender and Law
  • Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs
  • Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law
  • National Black Law Journal

More information here:

University of California at Davis: University of California at Davis School of Law

Although the law school does not have a journal dedicated to public interest, all journals at UC Davis support public interest research and writing.

UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy

UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy

UC Davis Law Review

Environs (Biannual environmental law and policy journal).

University of California, Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

  • The Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law is at the core of Berkeley's vibrant criminal law community, which includes the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice and an intellectual student body that is ideologically diverse but uniformly dedicated to excellence in criminal law.
  • The Ecology Law Quarterly (ELQ) is the school's environmental law journal. Since its founding in 1970, ELQ has consistently reflected the journal members' broad conception of environmental law and policy. Recent issues have included articles on court cases involving the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, environmental liability standards and the Endangered Species Act. In 1990 ELQ was awarded the United Nations Environmental Programme's Global 500 Award, recognizing the journal as one of the top 500 environmental organizations in the world.
  • The Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (BJELL) focuses exclusively on current developments in labor and employment law.
  • The Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL) publishes articles, case notes and book reviews that address current issues of international and comparative law.
  • The mandate of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice (BGLJ) is to publish pieces that address the lives and struggles of underrepresented women. BGLJ believes that excellence in feminist legal scholarship requires critical examination of the intersection of gender with one or more other axes of subordination including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability.
  • The Asian American Law Journal (AALJ) provides a comprehensive forum for legal scholars, practitioners and students to discuss the legal, policy, and social implications of issues concerning Asian Americans.
  • The Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy (BJALP) is dedicated to addressing legal and policy issues that affect the African-American community and people of color, in general. The journal deals with such matters as constitutional law, criminal justice, civil rights, African-American participation in the political process, the death penalty, fair housing, economic development in the African-American community, African immigration to the United States, and health issues that affect African Americans.
  • The Berkeley La Raza Law Journal (BLRLJ) focuses on legal issues affecting the Latina/o community. Past articles have covered a range of topics, including bilingual education, affirmative action, immigration law, labor law and policy, voting rights, and Latina/o critical theory. BLRLJ also hosts an annual symposium.
  • The Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law (JMEIL) is dedicated to Middle Eastern, Islamic, and comparative law scholarship. JMEIL publishes academic articles and student comments analyzing the laws of Middle Eastern countries and the Islamic world, the study and application of Islamic jurisprudence, and the impact of law on Muslim and Middle Eastern communities globally.
  • IMPACT is a multidisciplinary journal fusing research, practice and policy to advance the success of urban youth. The journal is dedicated to critically evaluating the reasons why urban youth are disproportionately enduring the brunt of failing social policies. Its goal is to bring the insights of scholar and practitioners together in one journal, so that their work may collectively inspire legislators and policymakers to achieve viable solutions to this growing problem.
  • The mission of Issues in Legal Scholarship is to present cutting-edge legal and policy research on pressing topics quickly and in a format that encourages discussion and interaction. Online peer-reviewed symposia systematically address emerging issues of great significance and offer ongoing scholarship of interest to policy and legal researchers alike. Each symposium is a living forum with ongoing publications and commentaries. Symposium topics include Single-Sex Marriage, Immigration Policy, and Catastrophic Risks. On-line publication makes it possible for other researchers to find the best and latest quickly, as well as to join in further discussion.

Links to journal websites can be found at:

University of California-Hastings College of the Law

Journals are listed at

Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
Hastings Journal of Crime and Punishment
Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal
Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
Hastings Women's Law Journal

University of Chicago: University of Chicago Law School


University of Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati College of Law

University of Colorado: School of Law

Colorado Natural Resources, Energy, & Environmental Law Review

University of Connecticut: University of Connecticut School of Law

The Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal maintains a website at The Journal is managed exclusively by students and is aimed at bringing greater attention to public interest legal scholarship.

University of Dayton: University of Dayton School of Law

The School of Law sponosrs a quarterly social justice column in the Dayton Lawyer Magazine, a publication for law graduates and others in community.

University of Denver: Sturm College of Law

The Public Service Portal helps to create a community for both current and prospective students by bringing together information, resources, and people associated with public interest at Denver Law. It also highlights one alum and one faculty member per month doing public interest work.

Our journals, all accessible here - - all touch on public interest issues.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

University of Florida: Fredric G. Levin College of Law

The Journal of Law and Public Policy -

University of Georgia School of Law


University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law

University of Houston Law Center

University of Idaho: College of Law

University of Illinois College of Law

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law has a rich history of scholarly publications addressing an extensive array of public interest discourse.

Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal
The Journal was founded in 1976 to provide a venue for the very best scholarship in the comparative analysis of labor law and employment policy, and social security issues. With an extensive world-wide circulation, the Journal has become a major international forum for research, theoretical and applied, in an area of growing importance to the developed and in the developing world.

The Elder Law Journal
The Elder Law Journal is the oldest scholarly publication in the country dedicated to addressing elder law issues. This academic publication is published bi-annually by the students at the University of Illinois College of Law. The journal publishes manuscripts which not only address policy decisions, but also guide practicing attorneys. Thus, the scope of The Elder Law Journal makes it the perfect addition to the libraries of attorneys who advise clients on estate planning, living wills, arrangements for long-term care, qualifying for Medicaid, as well as other areas of law pertinent to the elderly. Additionally, articles in The Elder Law Journal are of interest to scholars and professionals in fields such as social work, gerontology, ethics, and medicine.

Additional Publications
Other well-respected publications at the College of Law which often include topics of interest in the public interest and public policy fields include:

University of Illinois Law Review
This journal is generally regarded as one of the preeminent law reviews in the country, the University of Illinois Law Review, which dates back to 1917 in various former iterations, is an academic publication published five times per year by the students of the University of Illinois College of Law. The Law Review provides practitioners, judges, professors, and law students with cogent analyses of important topics in the law. This journal often includes written work which provides cutting edge analyses of topics of critical public interest value.

Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy
For the past twenty years, the peer-reviewed Journal of Law, Technology and Policy has featured cutting-edge articles on technological innovation, policy, and the field of intellectual property. The Journal's mission is to feature articles on new technologies that raise important policy questions in both foreign and domestic jurisdictions and to discuss the laws, regulations, and policies that affect technological development and innovation. The articles included in JLTP present interesting perspectives on the intersection of public interest and technology.

Illinois Law Update
College of Law students author a regular column focusing on recent developments in Illinois law, published monthly in the Illinois Bar Journal and read by thousands of practicing lawyers throughout the state. These students are chosen from among the top legal writing students in the College. The Illinois Law Update, which traces its history at the University of Illinois College of Law back to approximately 1932, frequently address emerging issues and critical analysis of laws relevant to the field of public interest.

Other Recognized Public Interest Scholarships

Larry Travis Bushong Student Award
This award arises from an annual writing competition which results in the selection of the best student written article or paper dedicated to presenting topics relating to gay and lesbian legal rights issues.

Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
The Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing recognizes the top 8 student articles chosen from the graduating class members’ written work while at the College of Law. Only faculty members may nominate a paper, and such factors as the importance of the student’s topic, the depth of the student’s research, the originality of the student’s ideas and the felicity of the student’s expression are considered.

Student Authored Publications
Students at the University of Illinois College of Law often submit their written work from courses or other opportunities for publications. While the decision to publish the submitted student work is made by various outside organizations, College of Law student work receives publication status, and related recognition and awards. On occasion, this type of work includes public interest or public policy content.

University of Iowa College of Law

Journal of Gender, Race & Justice

Mission Statement:

"The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice is not for the weak of heart or the timid in spirit. Feminist inquiry and critical race analysis are the touchstones of our endeavor. Our building blocks are new forms of analysis that reach beyond traditional conceptions of legal thought. We challenge our writers, our readers, and ourselves to question who we are and how the law defines us. We strive to be a transformative experience. In a spirit of openness, we explore how we are classified, stratified, ignored and singled out under the law because of our race, sex, gender economic class, ability, sexual identity and the multitude of labels applied to us. Identity is a matrix of experiences; when the law fails to recognize any one facet of our identity, both the law and the person lose invaluable dimension. Our challenge is to examine how we negotiate our identities, how the legal system negotiates them for us and how these negotiations affect our ability to attain justice.

Our conception of justice looks beyond legal rights to how fairness, equity and respect delineate the boundaries of what legal justice must, at a minimum, entail. We include all struggles against oppression within this conception. We seek to invoke a vision of justice that is without fear, a vision that allows us to be who we are as we are, without sanction or penalty. We encourage personal and social responsibility towards achieving this vision, and we welcome all viewpoints and ideas that are expressed with respect and collegiality.

Finally, we are a journal that promotes living discussion. Through our annual symposium, we will test, shape and strengthen our scholarship by bringing a myriad of experiences into the realm of legal thought. We intend to build alliances across differences, to rub ideas together and watch the sparks fly. We invite you to help us fan the flames, to set the legal community on fire."

University of Kansas: School of Law

The Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy

University of Kentucky College of Law

University of Louisville: Brandeis School of Law


University of Maine School of Law

Ocean and Coastal Law Journal - The Ocean and Coastal Law Journal (OCLJ) is dedicated to facilitating discourse on legal issues related to domestic and international use of the sea and seashores. It is published by second and third year students at the University of Maine School of Law. Volumes include articles by practitioners and scholars, as well as comments and case notes written by students addressing issues of marine resource regulation, coastal zone management, marine environmental protection, and other topics of importance in the field of ocean and coastal law.

University of Maryland: University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth

The law school's Law Review has a dual mission to: (I) provide a vehicle for meaningful engagement with legal scholarship through service; and (II) advance the study and development of law within the Commonwealth. Recently, the Law Review amended its mission to specifically include a commitment to access to justice. While the journal still provides a forum for traditional legal scholarship, the editors make a concerted effort to highlight articles identifying legal issues that impact those most lacking access to the justice system.

By focusing its efforts on publishing articles that address the legal challenges plaguing our more vulnerable populations and the critical role of access to legal representation, the UMass Law Review accomplishes two goals. First, the UMass Law Review can reach the legal community in such a way as to promote the law school's mission of advancing justice within the Commonwealth and beyond through scholarship. Second, by highlighting these articles, our students who serve on law review, through their research and the editing process, gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation of these issues and take that with them after graduation and into practice.

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

University of Miami School of Law

Miami Law students can take part in the Race and Social Justice Law Review.

University of Michigan: University of Michigan Law School

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform --

Michigan Journal of International Law --

Michigan Journal of Gender & Law --

Michigan Journal of Race & Law --

Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law --

University of Minnesota: University of Minnesota Law School

The U of M Law School has a student-edited, faculty-edited, and student- and faculty-edited scholarly journals. xAll seven journals are open to articles related to public interest but the most relevant journals to public interest include:

  • Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice
  • Constitutional Commentary
  • Crime and Justice
  • The Labor Lawyer

University of Mississippi School of Law

University of Missouri - Columbia: School of Law

Journal of Dispute Resolution

University of Missouri Kansas City University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law


  • Urban Lawyer


  • Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers



University of Montana: University of Montana School of Law


University of Nebraska: University of Nebraska College of Law

University of Nevada, Las Vegas: William S. Boyd School of Law

5 Nev. L.J. (Fall 2004) (Symposium Issue: Pursuing Equal Justice in the West)

Nevada Law Journal, Volume 6, (Spring 2006), Number 3 – Special Issue on Legal Representation of Children

University of New Hampshire School of Law

University of New Hampshire Law Review:

In the Spring of 2011, the University of New Hampshire Law Review is dedicating its final issue as a Social Justice Symposium. Additionally, Luke Nelson, a third-year law student and Editor-and-Chief of the Law Review, will publish an article addressing Al Maqaleh v. Gates , 605 F.3d 84 (D.C. Cir. 2010)—the latest case applying the detainee test to determine the reach of the Suspension Clause and ability for detainees captured during the "War on Terror" to challenge their detention through habeas corpus petitions.

The Law Review anticipates dedicating a volume issue—each year—to a social justice concern.

University of New Mexico School of Law

University of North Carolina: University of North Carolina School of Law

University of North Dakota School of Law

University of Oklahoma College of Law


University of Oregon: University of Oregon School of Law

Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation

University of Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Law School

University of Pittsburgh: School of Law

Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law


University of Puerto Rico School of Law

University of Richmond T. C. Williams School of Law

Richmond Public Interest Law Review
Richmond Public Interest Law Review is a University of Richmond journal based at the School of Law, serving as a scholarly voice focused on social welfare, public policy, and a broad spectrum of jurisprudence. Each issue explores a specific theme, chosen by the Editorial Board, that reflects major legal, policy, and public interest questions of importance. Published four times a year, the Journal publishes its content online to reach the widest audience possible, while also publishing one annual print issue focused on the work of the Virginia General Assembly. Journal authors include experienced practitioners, esteemed legal professors, and insightful individuals working to change the world through the law.

University of Saint Thomas: School of Law (MN)

University of San Diego School of Law

The law school's Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) publications include:

  1. California Children's Budget 2004-05 (San Diego, CA; 2004)
  2. 2004 Children's Legislative Report Card (San Diego, CA; 2004)
  3. 2004 CAI Annual Report (San Diego, CA; 2005)
  4. Children's Regulatory Law Reporter, Vol. 5, No. 2 (San Diego, CA; 2005)

The law school's Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter. The 2004-2005 issues of that journal are forthcoming.

University of San Francisco School of Law

University of South Carolina: University of South Carolina School of Law


University of South Dakota School of Law

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

The Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice (RLSJ) promotes the discussion and examination of issues lying at the intersection of social justice and the law. RLSJ publishes legal narratives and analyses of case law and legislation that address the law's interaction with historically underrepresented groups and highlight the law's potential as an instrument of positive social change. For more information, visit

University of Tennessee College of Law

The College of Law maintains a page dedicated to pro bono topics, which can be accessed at

Additionally, the College of Law sponsors The Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender & Social Justice. The Journal provides an interdisciplinary academic platform that focuses on legal issues affecting people of different races, genders and other societal forces. The website for this Journal can be accessed at

The College of Law also sponsors the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy. The Journal analyzes the latest developments in law and public decision-making. It explores areas touching on a number of disciplines and attracts readers from a variety of professional interests. By publishing essays and commentaries, in addition to traditional scholarly articles, the Journal offers a unique addition to the scholastic environment of the University. The website for this Journal can be accessed at:

University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Texas Environmental Law Journal,

Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy,

Texas International Law Journal,

Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights,

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Journal of National Security Law & Policy

The Journal of National Security Law & Policy is devoted exclusively to national security law and policy. Issues feature current articles by creative thinkers from a range of disciplines other than law such as military, intelligence, law enforcement, public health, and civil liberties communities. The Journal's mission is to publish rigorous analysis of the our nation's greatest challenges and contribute to the formulation of fair, credible solutions that balance our need for liberty and security.

Unlike most law journals, the Journal is peer-reviewed and faculty edited. The Journal involves the national security law and policy experts on its distinguished Editorial Team.

University of Toledo: College of Law


University of Tulsa: College of Law

Boesche Legal Clinic

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University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law

University of Virginia School of Law

Virginia Environmental Law Journal (VELJ) - VELJ is dedicated to providing a national forum for research and discussion in the areas of environmental and natural resource law. Published quarterly by Law School students, the journal includes articles by scholars, practitioners and environmental professionals, as well as student notes, on a broad array of topics from environmental justice to corporate liability.

Virginia Journal of Criminal Law - The Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, created in 2010, publishes scholarly articles on criminal law and procedure twice yearly. The journal also sponsors legal symposia and conferences.

Virginia Journal of International Law (VJIL) - As the oldest continuously published, student-edited law review in the United States devoted exclusively to the fields of public and private international law, the Virginia Journal of International Law is considered by many to be the finest and most authoritative journal of its kind. Positions on the journal's editorial board are open to all students in the Law School and in other schools of the University who successfully complete a written tryout that is conducted every spring and fall.

Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law - This journal is a student-edited law journal which publishes articles exploring the intersection of law and social policy issues. Recognizing the significance of the law and legal institutions on social conditions, the journal provides a forum in which to examine contending legal, judicial and political perspectives. Among the issues the journal addresses are: health care policy, welfare reform, criminal justice, voting rights, civil rights, family law, employment law, gender issues, education and critical race theory.

University of Washington: University of Washington School of Law


Disorient: Critical Legal Journal of Pacific Northwest:

Disorient is a student-run, on-line, interdisciplinary law journal at the University of Washington School of Law. The journal is a forum that will support the development of theory and praxis affecting those traditionally marginalized by the legal academy and dominant social formations. Disorient's primary goal is to initiate a dialogue between scholars, activists and organizations. It will expose the many intersections between the law and race, gender, sexuality and class-based oppression, and will foster change through a multidisciplinary analysis. The journal works to increase local and global cooperation, promote discussion between those working in related fields, and encourages progressive, institutional changes to confront the effects of systematic oppression. Disorient maintains a commitment to historically, socially, and politically grounded modes of critique and attempts to close the divide between transformative intellect and community engagement.


University of Wisconsin: Law School

Wisconsin Law Review
The Wisconsin Law Review is a student-run journal of legal analysis and commentary that is used by professors, judges, practitioners, and others researching contemporary legal topics. The Law Review, which is published six times each year, includes professional and student articles, with content spanning local, state, national, and international topics. In addition to publishing the journal, the Law Review sponsors an annual symposium at which leading scholars debate a significant issue in contemporary law. Students earn membership on the Law Review through a writing competition at the end of their first year.

The Wisconsin International Law Journal
The Wisconsin International Law Journal established in 1982, is written by both professionals in the field and by law students. The Journal offers articles of scholarly and practical interest in various areas of international law. Student members of the Journal edit articles of interest in various areas of international law and draft articles for submission and possible publication. Each spring, the student members coordinate a conference on recent topics of interest in international law.

Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society
The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society is a student-edited journal with a national scope. The Journal, which was established in 1985, publishes contributions from faculty, students, and practitioners on a wide-range of legal topics. Its focus is on scholarship that examines the intersection of law and gender with issues of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society is open to all students.

University of Wyoming School of Law

Vanderbilt University Law School

Vermont Law School

Vermont Journal of Environmental Law --

Villanova University: Charles Widger School of Law

Environmental Law Journal: Members of the Journal write scholarly articles on topics relating to environmental law and edit and prepare for publication articles written by outside authors. The Journal publishes two issues each year and presents a symposium on a current topic. Students are selected for the Journal at the end of their first or second year through an open writing competition.

Wake Forest University School of Law

Students interested in promoting the public interest through academic scholarship can compete for a spot on the Journal of Law and Policy, which is an interdisciplinary publication that explores the intersection of legal issues with public and social policy. Consistent with Wake Forest's motto of "Pro Humanitate," the Journal's mission is to introduce, maintain, and advance discourse so as to uncover policies that will engender equality and the true administration of justice. The Journal seeks submissions that, among other goals, address various societal needs through legal doctrines and systems and hosts dynamic and engaging Symposiums on campus.

For further information see,

Washburn University School of Law


Washington and Lee University: School of Law

The Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Washington University: Washington University School of Law

The Washington University Journal of Law & Policy dedicates one of its volumes to the Public Interest Speakers Series.

Wayne State University Law School

Journal of Law in Society

West Virginia University College of Law

Western New England University: School of Law

The School of Law does not have a public interest journal.

Western State University College of Law

Public Service webpage is a component of the Career Services website.

Widener University Commonwealth Law School

Widener University Delaware Law School

Willamette University: Willamette University College of Law

William and Mary Law School

Scholarly work in William & Mary's journals encompasses public interest issues. Information about journals is here.

Yale University: Yale Law School

  • Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal
  • Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics
  • Yale Journal of International Law
  • Yale Journal of Law and Feminism
  • Yale Law & Policy Review
  • Yale Journal on Regulation
  • Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities

Yeshiva University: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Cardozo Public Law, Policy, and Ethics Journal examines how lawyers can advocate in the public interest, how legal issues affect the commonwealth, and how ethical choices affect the law and public at large.

Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender offers challenging and alternative perspectives on such subjects as health care, family law, and civil rights. It was the first journal to publish a women's annotated legal bibliography.

Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution focuses on topics in alternative dispute resolution and mediation and sponsors the annual International Advocate for Peace Award.