About This Journal

The Boston College Law Review is the oldest scholarly publication at Boston College Law School. The Review publishes articles concerning legal issues of national interest. The Review publishes five issues each year that include articles and essays written by prominent outside authors (such as Professor Edward Imwinkelried, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Judge Leon Higginbotham). The following provides an example of the Review’s range of subject matter:

  • Roger C. Park and Michael J. Saks’ Evidence Scholarship Reconsidered: The Results of the Interdisciplinary Turn, published in the September 2006 issue of the Review, examined each of the major interdisciplinary braids of evidence scholarship and developed a larger theory about the utility of different types of interdisciplinary evidence scholarship.
  • Martha Minow’s Outsourcing Power, published in the September 2005 issue of the Review, examined the challenges to accountability, professionalism, and democratic integrity posed by the U.S. military’s increasing reliance on private security companies.
  • Anthony Thompson’s Navigating the Hidden Obstacles to Ex-Offender Reentry suggested ways in which the legal community might help manage the post-incarceration lives of ex-offenders; it was published as the lead article in the March 2004 issue of the Review. Justice Breyer cited it in his dissenting opinion for Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 296 (2004). That issue also contained an article by Jack Bogle, the founder and former chairman of the Vanguard Group, entitled Re-Mutualizing the Mutual Fund Industry—The Alpha and the Omega. In the article, the author questioned whether the current method of compensating fund managers was contrary to the intent of the Investment Company Act of 1940; he proposed that such compensation might be better regulated under traditional fiduciary standards (as was done when the mutual funds industry started in 1924).
  • In Speak Now: Progressive Considerations on the Advent of Civil Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, Kara Suffredini, the head of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, questioned whether same-sex marriage would perpetuate the subordinating effect that marriage laws sometime have on women, people of color, and the poor. The Boston Phoenix noted that the article offered one of the few leftist critiques of this evolving area of law and social policy.

In addition to articles written by outside academics, the Review prints the work of its student staff writers, roughly one-third of whom publish their notes during their third year. Recent editions have contained student notes examining such diverse issues as tipper/tippee liability under the misappropriation theory of insider trading, plea bargains struck under the threat of enemy combatant detention, balancing women’s reproductive rights against a pharmacist’s conscientious objection, and refinements of the definition of property for due process purposes. As third-year staff members, students get to hone their skills further by editing the work of other writers. The Review also organizes, sponsors, and publishes articles from academic symposia. The 2006 symposium was entitled “Owning Standards.”

Subscription Information

The Boston College Law Review (ISSN 0161-6587) is published five times per year, in January, March, May, September and November, by Boston College Law School, 885 Centre Street, Newton Centre, Massachusetts 02459.

To request a subscription, please contact John Gordon: telephone (617) 552-8557; fax (617) 552-4098; or email gordonjo@bc.edu.

Current subscription: $35.00 (plus $10.00 for foreign mailing). Single issues: $10.00 (plus $l.00 for foreign mailing). Please enclose check with order. Reprints of individual articles are not available from the Review. For single issues, bound sets, and microfilm of Volumes 1-37, contact William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 1285 Main St., Buffalo NY 14209-1987 (716/882-2600). Back issues in electronic format are available at HeinOnLine (http://heinonline.org/). Subscriptions are renewed automatically unless notice to the contrary is received.