Research and scholarship are vital aspects of the law school experience. Our journals enrich our intellectual community while providing students with invaluable opportunities to hone their research, writing, and editing skills.
Each year, more than 150 BC Law students contribute as writers and editors to our flagship Boston College Law Review (BCLR) and our Uniform Commercial Code Digest. Students are selected based on their first-year grades or performance in a demanding writing competition. They receive academic credit for their participation, and a faculty advisor provides guidance for each journal.
In 2017, BC Law will merge our previous specialty journals with BCLR and increase the staffing and number of BCLR issues published each year. In addition to its regular subject areas, BCLR will publish roughly four articles each year on each of the topics previously covered by our specialty journals: environmental, international, and social justice law.
Consistently ranked in the top 25 in the country, BCLR is our oldest scholarly publication. It covers national legal topics, with prominent outside thinkers and BC Law students authoring eight yearly issues. Student staff writers publish notes and comments on federal circuit court decisions.
Concentrating on contract disputes, torts, bankruptcy, and more, the Digest serves as a comprehensive tool for practitioners to research case law on various commercial topics. Matthew Bender & Company (a division of Lexis/Nexis) publishes the Digest.
Previously ranked as the 10th environmental journal in the country, EALR shaped discussion of today’s most pressing environmental laws and policies. This subject area is now covered by BCLR.
ICLR was one of only 30 reviews in the US to focus on international legal affairs and one of the few that published an annual survey of EU law. This subject area is now covered by BCLR.