The California Law Review
is the flagship law journal
of UC Berkeley School of Law
(Boalt Hall). Founded in 1912, the Review was the first student law journal published west of Illinois.
The CLR application process consists of an anonymous write-on competition, with grades playing no role in the consideration of membership. A personal statement is also considered.
In independent surveys of attorneys, professors, and judges conducted in 1967, 1975, and 1986, the CLR ranked in the top ten journals in the nation in terms of value as a legal research tool. CLR was the sixth most frequently cited review in the country. In addition, several CLR articles were ranked among the fifty most cited legal articles in history. An exhaustive study conducted in 1986 found that CLR ranked third in state court citations and tenth among all courts in the nation, including the United States Supreme Court
Past editors of CLR have included justices Roger J. Traynor
(former Editor-in-Chief), Kathryn Werdegar
(former Editor-in-Chief), Allen Broussard
, Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon
, law professor Barbara Armstrong
, Ambassador Jeff Bleich
(former Editor-in-Chief), former Solicitor General Theodore Olson
, Professor Christopher Schroeder
(former Editor-in-Chief), and defense attorneys Tony Serra
and Michael Tigar
CLR maintains an active .