Despite financial setbacks, UCSB’s Law and Society Journal will publish its 10th volume by the end of Spring Quarter.
The journal — the country’s first undergraduate online and print law and society review — publishes a variety of law-related essays by UC undergraduates. Although UCSB’s Law and Society Dept. was eliminated last year due to budget cuts, the program’s annual journal was adopted by the Global and International Studies Dept.
The journal began accepting submissions for its latest volume on Feb. 1. Students can submit academic papers until March 1.
Co-Editor-in-Chief Hillary Nakano, a fourth-year Asian American and feminist studies major, said the journal still faces setback including a diminished staff.
“We got global studies to pick us up, which was really lucky because global studies is pretty relevant to law and society,” Nakano said.
Nakano and Co-Editor-in- Chief Austin Chen, a third-year economics major, are the only two returning members of the journal’s editorial board.
Even though the journal struggled in the beginning of the year, Nakano said its meager staff of 11 people remained intent on the publication’s survival.
“There’s not that much connection between the years before us, when we weren’t on the journal, and now,” Nakano said. “We’ve continued to have a successful journal each year, but I think that’s really a testament to the editorial board each year that works hard.”
The journal also lacks a new advisor and meeting location. Chen said the staff ’s goal is not only to preserve the publication, but also expand it to include a section of graduate student submissions next year.
“I definitely think we’re back on track to previous years,” Chen said. “We’re also reorganizing everything. Hopefully other future editors-in-chief won’t have to start from scratch, essentially.”
Nakano said she encourages students to send submissions to the journal.
“I think that if any student has doubts about whether or not a paper qualifies, there’s really no harm in submitting it,” Nakano said. “The least that could happen is that it doesn’t get published or the most is that it gets published and you might win prize money so there is really nothing to lose.”