The Business Law Journal is staffed exclusively by University of California-Davis (King Hall) law students. Journal leadership is drawn from returning second- and third-year students, while staff positions are open to students of all levels. The BLJ accepts submissions from scholars and businesspersons around the country.
Roles on the Business Law Journal
The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for developing the BLJ’s high level strategy and managing the execution of this strategy by working with the Senior Editorial Board, BLJ’s Faculty Advisor, and the King Hall administration. The Editor-in-Chief is also charged with maintaining high levels of student involvement and recruiting enthusiastic, motivated, and creative Senior Editors. This position is staffed by a returning student who has at least one year of BLJ experience. Minimum commitment: one academic year in this position.
Staff Editors work on a project basis. King Hall students of all levels (1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs) are invited to join the BLJ as Staff Editors. Staff Editors can participate in one or more of the following BLJ features:
- Interviews (conduct and edit interview with attorney, judge, professor, or business professional)
- Articles (edit and bluebook submitted articles OR submit an article for publication)
- Roundtable (help organize and conduct Roundtable sessions)
- Marketing (identify publication opportunities, network)
- Technology (maintain journal website, identify new functionality)
Staff Editor time commitments are flexible as the BLJ understands that many students have multiple demands on their time. Students interested in participating with the BLJ should contact the Editor-in-Chief if they are unsure what part of the BLJ would be the best fit for them.
The Managing Editor works with the Senior Articles Editors and Executive Editors to ensure the quality, consistency, and efficiency of the editing process. The Managing Editor develops the best practices for content development and assists in coaching Staff Editors through their work in articles. The Senior Articles Editors review the text of the articles, make appropriate structural and grammatical edits, and serve as liaisons between the publication team and the author. The Executive Editors ensure the accuracy of footnotes and citations throughout the article. These positions are generally filled by returning students who participated in the Journal as a Staff Editor the previous year. Minimum commitment: one academic year in this position.
The Business Director oversees the business side of the journal including publications, subscriptions, and fundraising and managing the budget. The Business Director works directly with the Editor-in-Chief to maintain the working relationship between the Journal and the King Hall administration. This position is staffed by a returning student who has at least one year of BLJ experience. Minimum commitment: one academic year in this position.
The Marketing Director organizes, plans, and promotes the BLJ annual Symposium event, as well as additional lunchtime business law events. This event is an excellent opportunity for business professionals, law practitioners, and professors to come together to discuss a current topic affecting the intersection of business and law. Our Marketing Team consists of a Marketing Director and Marketing Editors who work together to bring the Symposium and other roundtable events to completion. The Marketing Director position is filled by a returning student who participated in the Journal as a Staff Editor the previous year. Enthusiastic new joiners are welcome to join the team as Marketing Editors. Minimum commitment: one academic year in these positions.
Our published interviews are a part of what makes the BLJ unique! The Senior Interview Editor is responsible for coordinating interviews with practitioners and academics by connecting interviewees with students interested in learning about different areas of expertise. The Interview Editors assist the Senior Interview Editor. Together they coach staff editors in developing, conducting, and editing interviews for publication. These positions are generally filled by a returning student who participated in the Journal as a Staff Editor the previous year, but enthusiastic new joiners are always welcome. Minimum commitment: one academic year in these positions.
The publication director manages subscriptions and invoicing. The Publications Director ensures that all articles are sent to both Lexis and Westlaw in a paginated and printable version. This position is filled by a returning student who participated in the Journal the previous year. Minimum commitment: one academic year in these positions.
The Senior Technology Director ensures that the BLJ’s content is delivered and organized in a clear manner and is responsible for identifying new functionality for the journal’s website. This position is generally filled by a returning student who participated in the Journal as a Staff Editor the previous year, but enthusiastic new joiners are always welcome. Minimum commitment: one academic year in these positions.
Contact BLJ to Join
Please feel free to contact us about our structure, our mission, or with general questions about joining.