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California Law Review

About the California Law Review

The California Law Review is an important legal publication at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). The Law Review was founded in 1912.

As stated by the first Editor-in-Chief and later Dean of Boalt Hall Orrin McMurray, “it is not expected that the Review will occupy a place by the side of the great national reviews of this country and of Europe, but it is hoped, that it may in a slight degree, meet the needs . . . presented in California and the other Pacific Coast states.” McMurray added that he hoped the California Law Review would take the lead in “the inevitable development of a western type of jurisprudence.”

Circuit is the online edition of the California Law Review. It is intended to promote robust scholarly discussion of our print articles, current perspectives from and others.

Popular topics in the California Law Review

  • California Law Review | Immigration – With the Asian American Law Journal, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and Berkeley La Raza Law
  • Diversity – California Law Review is deeply committed to diversity, both in its membership and its scholarship. The California Law Review defines diversity as a “variety of …
  • Identity and Form: Recent controversies over identity claims have prompted questions about who should qualify for affirmative action, who …
  • The Path of Robotics Law: The Path of Robotics Law. This essay, written as a response to Ryan Calo’s valuable discussion in “Robotics and the Lessons of Cyberlaw,” …
  • When Neurogenetics Hurts …: Examining the Use of Neuroscience and Genetic Evidence in Sentencing Decisions Through Implicit Bias.
  • Do Immigrants Have Freedom of …: The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently argued that immigrants who have not been legally admitted to the United States have no right to claim protections …
  • The Other War at Home: Chronic Nuisance Laws and the Revictimization of Survivors of Domestic Violence. This Note discusses the unlikely …
  • The Uneasy Case for Marijuana as Chemical Impairment Under a Science-Based Jurisprudence of Dangerousness. As the marijuana legalization …
  • A Provocative Defense: It is common wisdom that the provocation defense is, quite simply, sexist. For decades, there has been a trenchant feminist …
  • Constitutionalism and the Foundations of the Security State. Scholars often argue that the culture of American constitutionalism provides an important …
  • Designing for Robustness: Overcoming Systemic Risk in the Political Branches. In October 2013, the President and Congress failed to agree …
  • Robotics and the Lessons of Cyberlaw. Two decades of analysis have produced a rich set of insights as to how the law should apply to the Internet’s …
  • Indescendibility: Supposedly, one of the most important sticks in the bundle of property rights is the power to transfer an asset after death. This Article explores objects and …
  • Meta-stories and Missing Facts. This essay renews the debate on the relevance of a literary sensibility to legal practice. Instrumental …
  • Marriage Fraud: This Article examines the astonishing array of doctrines used to determine what constitutes marriage fraud. It begins by locating the traditional …
  • Constitutional Constraints: The main ambition of “Constitutional Constraints” is to open up the subject of constitutional constraints on government officials, including Presidents and …
  • Panopti-Moms: In her response to Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law (101 Calif. L. Rev. 609) …
  • Temporary Constitutions: The prevailing conceptions of constitutions ordinarily characterize them as rigid and long-enduring, if not permanent, documents. This Essay challenges that …
  • California Law Review | Googling Freedom: While GM and GE rushed into China, why did so many Americans cheer the possibility of Google pulling out? The answer …
  • Property’s Constitution: Long-standing disagreements over the meaning of property as a matter of legal theory present a special problem in …
  • Mourning Miranda. The article presents new field research about police interrogation tactics and training and discusses that research in …
  • The Perilous Dialogue: The security or freedom framework fails to capture the single most important characteristic of counterterrorist law: increased executive power that shifts the …

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