In the field of law, the writing and editing of scholarly journals is given to the care of students. BU Law hosts six nationally recognized law journals run by J.D. students. These publications invite scholarly work from members of the legal community and allow students to make their own original contributions to professional literature. They include:
- Boston University Law Review
- American Journal of Law & Medicine
- Review of Banking & Financial Law
- Boston University International Law Journal
- Journal of Science & Technology Law
- Public Interest Law Journal
Journal membership develops research, writing and analytical skills, which are invaluable aspects of legal education. While membership on a journal's staff is a significant achievement, it requires a considerable commitment of time and energy. In addition to preparing their own notes or comments for publication, members must evaluate professional articles, edit manuscripts, proofread and develop new topics.
Students are selected for journal membership on the basis of first-year grades and a writing competition held in the summer after first year. An editorial board for each publication is elected each spring by the current staff members. In April, the journals sponsor an informational meeting for 1Ls on the journal writing competition process and on each journal.
Established in 1921, The Boston University Law Review provides analysis and commentary on all areas of the law. Published five times a year, the Law Review contains articles contributed by law professors and practicing attorneys from all over the world, along with notes written by student members. The wide cross section of topics published in the Law Review gives students broad exposure to issues of concern to the legal community.
Published quarterly since 1975 jointly with the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, the American Journal of Law & Medicine is an interdisciplinary periodical containing professional articles, student notes and case comments, summaries of recent legislative and judicial developments, and book reviews in the area of health law and policy. The Journal specializes in medicolegal topics, exploring both traditional health law issues and less conventional issues such as bioethics.
The Review of Banking & Financial Law, (formerly the Annual Review of Banking & Financial Law), published since 1982, is a scholarly journal of banking and financial law. Sponsored by the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, the Annual Review contains professional articles by academics and practicing lawyers, student notes and comments on topics ranging from banking law and regulation, securities law and regulation to commercial law, bankruptcy and administrative and constitutional law.
The Boston University International Law Journal was established in 1980 to provide a forum for student interest and scholarship in the field of international law. Published biannually, the Journal strives to publish groundbreaking and even controversial professional articles and student-written notes analyzing the most current issues of public and private international law, foreign and comparative law and trade law.
The Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law carries on the School of Law's long-standing tradition as a leader in Intellectual Property Law programs. The Journal publishes twice per year in traditional print format the best practical scholarship on the interaction among science, technology and the law. Its subject matter encompasses the fields of biotechnology, computers, communications, intellectual property, the Internet, technology transfer and business for science and technology-based companies, among other areas. Professional articles, symposia, student-written notes, legal updates and case notes appear in each print issue as well as on-line immediately following the completion of the editorial process. Second-year members must evaluate, edit and check citations for articles and student works as well as complete a full length note on an area relating (at least tangentially) to the intersection of law and science and technology. Third-year members may be elected to editorial or executive positions on the Journal and play an active leadership role in publication or the note writing process. Visit Boston Unviersity's Journal of Science and Technology Law for more information on the Journal, its content, membership and upcoming events.
Founded in 1990 and published three times a year, the Public Interest Law Journal (PILJ) is a non-partisan publication dedicated to the academic discussion of legal issues within the public interest. The Journal focuses on constitutional law, criminal law and family law, as well as legal ethics, environmental issues, education law and civil rights law. The Journal is particularly interested in submissions that combine theory and practical application.