The University of San Francisco Law Review is a student-run organization staffed and managed by students of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Its primary purpose is to publish a journal of legal scholarship.

In 1966, Professor Peter J. Donnici, law students James M. Canty and Robert L. Sullivan, Jr., and the first Board of Editors established the University of San Francisco Law Review. The founders of the USF Law Review intended the journal to not only be a conduit for legal professionals to push the law forward, but also to encourage USF law students to cultivate their own legal voice.

In 1995, the Board of Editors of the USF Law Review, Volume 29 organized the first Law Review Symposium to provide an intellectual platform for participants to exchange scholarly ideas. The Symposium has addressed pressing legal concerns and interesting takes on cutting edge laws. Additionally, some of the most influential legal figures have presented keynote addresses, such as former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, preeminent legal writer, Bryan A. Garner, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The University of San Francisco Law Review strives to continue the tradition set forth by its predecessors as a voice in the ongoing academic debate regarding the evolution of law.

Editing Process

All articles and comments are subjected to a rigorous editorial process in order to strengthen substance, polish tone, and ensure citation accuracy. The Board of Editors makes all editorial and organizational decisions.

Citations in the USF Law Review conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020). The Bluebook is available in its entirety online at www.legalbluebook.com.  The Law Review also conforms to grammar and stylistic rules according to The Chicago Manual of Style.


The USF Law Review publishes three issues each year. Each issue is typically comprised of three articles by professors and practitioners and three student notes and/or comments.  The USF Law Review also posts Forum Pieces which cover a wide range of legal topics.

The USF Law Review is printed by Joe Christensen, Inc., in Lincoln, Nebraska. Archived PDFs through Volume 35 can be found in our Print Archive on this website. The USF Law Review is also available on Westlaw, Lexis, and Hein Online. In addition, we encourage our authors to publish drafts of their work on the Social Science Research Network.

How to Submit

USF Law Review will accept pieces on a rolling basis throughout the year.  All pieces should be submitted through the Submissions Page on the Law Review Website.