The editorial board seeks manuscripts that provide academic research on emerging trends in today's legal community. The San Diego Law Review welcomes manuscripts researching any field of law from legal practitioners, legislative personnel, jurists and academic professors. In addition to San Diego Law Review's international circulation, articles receive supplemented exposure from LEXIS and Westlaw electronic database queries.

Submission Requirements

Submissions should be made electronically through Scholastica. If not available through your location please submit articles to If submitting electronically is not a possibility in your location, paper submissions may be sent to:

San Diego Law Review
University of San Diego School of Law
5998 Alcala Park, GH 204
San Diego, CA 92110

All submissions must include the article, a cover letter, cv information or resume, and abstract in both hard copy and on an electronic disk/stick. Submissions that fail to include these items will take longer to process. In addition, all manuscript citations should appear in footnotes, not endnotes and should conform to the 21st edition of The Bluebook. Citation and text style should follow the 15th edition of the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style.

Review Process

The San Diego Law Review fully considers every manuscript it receives. During the selection process, at least one editor will review each manuscript and, if warranted, submit it to the Lead Articles Publication Committee. The Committee will then review the manuscript and vote to extend a publication offer. The Law Review is committed to extending publication offers for a two week period.

Please note: During December 12-15, 2023 and April 25-May 10, 2024, our editors will be in the midst of finals. Any articles or expedited requests received will be reviewed after this time period.

Editing Policy

The San Diego Law Review is a light-edit publication; our editors will not revise a manuscript unless necessary to bring it into conformity with The Bluebook, Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style and SDLR conventions. This editing methodology evinces our belief that authors should retain control of their manuscripts. Indeed, many of our suggested revisions are just that—suggestions that we will not incorporate without the contributing author's approval.

Publication Agreement

Below is a sample agreement that we ask our authors to sign.

Upon execution of this contract, Author retains the copyright in the Article.  Author grants the following non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to the SDLR to: Publish an electronic form on SDLR’s website, The right to authorize electronic publication on Hein, Westlaw, Lexis, SDLR website, USD Institutional Repository, Bepress, EBSCO, and SSRN.... Author hereby grants a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to individuals and nonprofit institutions to reproduce and distribute copies of the Work, and to authorize others to reproduce and distribute copies of the Work, in any format, for educational purposes, at or below cost, provided that such copies bear a citation to the original publication of the Work in the San Diego Law Review, in a format substantially similar to the following: [Vol.] San Diego L. Rev. [starting page number of Article] [year].... In addition to the nonexclusive rights granted above, the SDLR shall have the exclusive right to print publication of the Article for a period beginning when this Agreement is executed and ending three (3) months after publication of the Article in the SDLR.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Assistant Director of Publications