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 online through Scholastica or through the anonymous submission process detailed below.  In addition to articles, the Journal welcomes essays, speeches, responses, and other forms of scholarly publications.

The Hastings Law Journal is no longer accepting accepting submissions for Volume 72 at this time. Please check back in February 2021 for submissions in Volume 73 (2021–2022). Please also note the Journal will no longer be giving automatic reprints. However, we will work with you to order them through our publisher.

Anonymous Submissions

Please review the requirements for anonymous submission. They are summarized below.

  • Submissions should be double-spaced and typewritten with citations in footnote style. We prefer articles under 30,000 words (including text AND footnotes)—approximately 60 law review pages.
  • No student-written articles will be considered for publication.
  • Citations should conform to the Bluebook (20th 2015).
  • Please make sure your paper is in .doc or .docx format.
  • Please scrub all meta-data and identifying information from your paper.
  • Identifying information: author footnote, references to the author, author’s place of employment, or prior works written by the author.
  • How to Scrub Meta-Data:

  • After scrubbing all identifying information, please click the link “Submission Website” below. This will take you to a “Drive Uploader” window. 
    Please save your article in conformity with the following naming convention “Article Title_Submission Date.” If you cannot fit both the article title and the date of submission, please omit the “submission date.”
  • Upload the .doc or .docx version of your article.
  • Please input ONLY your First Name in the “Name” box and please use a PERSONAL email address that does not identify the institution you work for, e.g. “John” and “”
  • Go ahead and click “Submit. ”
  • Your article has been transferred to a google drive managed by You will be contacted by a member of the Articles team if your article is currently under review.
  • Please submit an expedited request here. Please do not include any identifying information in the submission except the title of the article and the deadline of the expedition request. The Executive Articles Editor is the only member with access to this email address and will not inadvertently share any information regarding the author’s identity to student and faculty reviewers.
  • If you have any questions regarding Anonymous Submissions, please email our Executive Articles Editor, Tyler Runsten, at
  • Articles that are selected from the blind submissions review will include in the star footnote a statement stating “This Article was selected through the Hastings Law Journal’s double-blind review process.” The double-blind review evaluates the article solely on substances and gives no weight to any other criteria.

Accepting Submissions via Scholastica

The Hastings Law Journal is no longer accepting submissions for Volume 72 (2020-2021) through Scholastica. Please check back in February 2021 for Volume 73 submissions.


  • Submissions should be double-spaced and 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 (20th ed. 2015).
  • All submissions should be accompanied by a CV, cover letter, and a brief abstract. All necessary contact information should also be included.

Review Process

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.

Expedited Review

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 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.

For assistance regarding an ongoing communication with our Articles staff, please contact them at

Executive Articles Editor, Volume 72. Tyler Runsten