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Student Journals: Journal Course Credit

Obtaining Course Credit for Journal Work

Journal members (with the exception of 1Ls) are able to enroll for academic course credit for journal work. 

Course credit is awarded pursuant to Academic Rule 1.03 A.2.a: 
Editorial Work on Law Journals, Law 295.1, 295.2. At the end of each semester, the journal editors will submit to the relevant faculty advisor the names of students who have fulfilled the requirements of their respective journals and the units of credit each should receive. A maximum of one unit per semester is allowed and students may receive credit for a maximum of two semesters, for a total maximum of two units.

By vote of the faculty, one unit of credit is awarded for 56 hours of editorial work, with a max of 2 units earned towards graduation for JD students. (LLMs can receive a total of 1 unit towards their degrees).  The hours can not be split amongst more than one journal.

Editorial work is defined as: 

  • Formal training, including Editor, Librarian and Faculty led training;
  • Source collection; source verification; cite-checking; bluebooking;
  • Reviewing submitted articles;
  • Reading books for potential review in the journal;
  • Editing; inputting executive edits; formatting and proofreading;
  • Writing and editing new material for the journal’s ancillary, online legal news publication (e.g., the CLR’s “The Circuit”);
  • Attending general meetings; attending Board meetings.

There is some latitude to include non-publication activities, such as office management; organizing, participating in or attending formal programs, conferences, symposia and talks that are put on by the individual journal or by a related Center (e.g. BTLJ & BCLT; ELQ & CLEE); development (outreach) and fundraising.

Credit hours cannot be awarded for:

  • Writing a note or comment for publication in the journal (if done for credit, such projects must be overseen directly by a member of the faculty as a 299);
  • Attending talks that are not organized by the specific journal or related Center
  • Planning or attending any parties or happy hour; or
  • Office cleaning and maintenance.

Editors in Chief are sent information from the Registrar which includes the course control number (CCN) to disseminate to journal members (with the exception of 1Ls) so they can enroll via CalCentral.  The Fall 2022 deadline for enrollment in CalCentral is Friday, September 2nd.

Editors in Chief must go in person to the Registrar (270 Simon Hall) to sign for a letter containing your specific journal class number.

Throughout the semester, EICs (or a desginate, such as an ME) are responsible for tracking and verifying hours performed by those members requesting credit (Date work performed, Description of work, Person who assigned work, Number of hours worked), and at the end of each semester the EIC will submit the names of those who have successfully completed the hours to a specified faculty member for approval of credit. 

Regardless of whether or not a journal member enrolls for journal credit, credit will only be assigned if the recognized work has been completed and verified by the EIC, and submitted to the faculty member at the end of the semester.

Any questions about whether an activity qualifies for credit hours, please raise them PRIOR TO the work being done with Associate Dean Vanden Heuvel, chair of the Faculty Journal Coordinator.