Article Submissions

The Hastings Business Law Journal ("HBLJ") is now accepting submissions for publication in Volume 13. HBLJ gladly considers manuscripts by members of the legal community on any subject related to business law. HBLJ also welcomes both formal and informal responses to articles appearing in the HBLJ and will consider such responses for publication.

How to Submit With Us

HBLJ requests that contributors comply with the following standards:


Electronic Submission: We strongly prefer submissions via Expresso or directly to HBLJ at, preferably in Microsoft Word format.

Submission by Mail: We also accept hard copy submissions via mail. Please address all manuscripts to: Hastings Business Law Journal U.C. Hastings College of the Law 200 McAllister Street San Francisco, California 94102-4707


All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter, a brief abstract, and a curriculum vitae.


Citation Format: Citation should conform to the 20h edition of The Bluebook.


Expedited Review: In the event an author is presented with a deadline from another publication, we will make every effort to expedite review of their work. Unfortunately, we will only be able to expedite review during the school year (mid-August through May). To request an expedited review, please send an email to Expedite requests should include the author's name, the title of the article, the name(s) of the offering journal(s), and the deadline date.

Student Submissions: At this time, we do not publish articles submitted by current non-Hastings law students.


Review Process

HBLJ carefully considers all manuscripts that it receives. Each piece is reviewed by at least two editors, go through a preemption check, and a vote by the HBLJ Submissions Team. We make attempt to review an article immediately of its receipt and offers of publication are made no later than four weeks upon receipt. During peak slating seasons (March/April and August), however, the review of an article may take longer. Offers of publication are typically made in the Fall for articles submitted May through August. We will never reject an article for lack of space; rather, we will hold it over for consideration for the next volume.


Offer Window

HBLJ is committed to giving every author at least seven days to decide whether to accept any offer of publication. Eliminating "exploding offers" will improve the quality of our deliberations and the scholarship that we publish, and we invite all other student-edited law journals to join this letter.


Hastings Business Law Journal

University of California,

Hastings College of the Law

200 McAllister, San Francisco, CA 94102