Hastings Law Journal

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Hastings Law Journal is the oldest law journal at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.[1] It began in 1949 in San Francisco, California.[2] As of 1997, it is under the umbrella of the O'Brien Center for Scholarly Publications.[3] The Journal has six issues per volume in December, January, March, May, June, and August.[4] Every year, the Journal hosts a symposium inviting speakers from around the country on varied topics.[5] One issue per volume is dedicated to articles on the Symposium.[6] Washington & Lee ranks Hastings Law Journal well, coming in at number 31 in 2011.[7] The application process is an anonymous write-on competition during the summer after first year exams. Some students are accepted by grades alone, some by the writing competition alone, and some by a combination. Special circumstances expressed in a personal statement are also considered. Transfer students may also participate in the write-on competition later in the summer.

Articles Cited in the U.S. Supreme Court[edit]

A 1987 article was cited in the recent Supreme Court Case of American Needle Inc. v. National Football League.[8] The article, Conflicts of Interest and Fiduciary Duties in the Operation of a Joint Venture was written by Professor Zenichi Shishido of Japan.[9] The famous Fourth Amendment case, Terry v. Ohio[10] , cites a note, Stop and Frisk Law in California, by then-student Harvey E. Henderson, Jr.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

Faculty advisors[edit]


  1. ^ "Hastings Law Journal Website". Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Hastings Law Journal website". 
  3. ^ "O'Brien Center for Scholarly Publications". 
  4. ^ "Hastings Law Journal Website". 
  5. ^ "Hastings Law Journal Website". 
  6. ^ "Hastings Law Journal Website". 
  7. ^ "Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings". 
  8. ^ "American Needle Inc. v. National Football League". S.Ct. 130: 2201,. 2010. 
  9. ^ Shishido, Zenichi (1987). Hastings L.J. 39: 63.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Terry v. Ohio". U.S. 392: 1. 1968. 
  11. ^ Henderson, Jr., Harvey E. (1967). "Stop and Frisk in California". Hastings L.J. 18: 623.