Columbia Business Law Review is the first legal periodical at a national law school to be devoted solely to the publication of articles focusing on the interaction of the legal profession and the business community. The review publishes three issues yearly. For each issue, student editors and staff members are integral to the production process, as they are responsible for both editing leading articles in business law and producing the journal’s student-written notes.

Columbia Business Law Review is governed by an administrative board consisting of third-year student editors. The staff of the review consists of second-year law students selected on the basis of writing ability, academic performance during the first year of law school, and demonstrated interest in business law. Staff members assist in the substantive production of the review in addition to researching and writing a student note on a business-related topic developed with the assistance of a third-year editor. The note requirement and other responsibilities effectively train members to perform accurately both scholarly and practical legal research.

Open Access Policy

Columbia Business Law Review is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a  Creative Commons (CC-BY) License. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at

Columbia Business Law Review is a no-fee journal. Authors are not charged for the publication of their articles.

Archiving Policy

Columbia Business Law Review is distributed through Columbia University’s Academic Commons. Academic Commons is Columbia University’s institutional repository, offering long-term public access to research shared by the Columbia community. A program of the Columbia University Libraries, Academic Commons provides secure, replicated storage for files in multiple formats. Academic Commons assigns a DOI and accurate metadata to each work to enhance discoverability.

Files uploaded to Academic Commons are written to an Isilon storage cluster at Columbia University and replicated to an identical system at a secure, offsite facility. The local cluster stores the data in a "best protection possible" policy which provides, at a minimum, guaranteed protection against the loss of any two disks or any one node. When sufficient capacity is available, this is increased automatically. Multiple snapshots are replicated to our disaster recovery site every two hours. The secondary cluster employs the same protections as the primary cluster and both conduct integrity scans to validate that data has not been altered at any point during rebalancing, snapshot, or replication processes.

Peer Review Policy

All authors' submissions undergo a preliminary screening by the Submissions Editor to determine whether an article meets high standards of quality and its content fits with the journal's scope and mission. Once an article is found to align with the journal’s interests, the Editorial Board reads the article, reviews the author’s credentials, and makes a collective decision on whether to extend a publication offer. If the author contracts with the journal, the editing process will be carried out by the Articles Editor and journal's staffers in coordination with the author. The EIC reviews the final version and approves it for publication.