The Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL) strives to promote scholarship that examines issues surrounding racial and ethnic justice.  We envision this work as a part of a collective effort progressing towards “a more perfect union.”

CJRL is the newest addition to Columbia Law School’s rich tradition of scholarly publications.  The Journal is an exciting and unique opportunity to deepen the discourse on race and the law both within Columbia as well as the broader legal community.

Open Access Policy: 

CJRL 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 “Attribution” License (CC-BY).

Prior to 2015, articles in CJRL were published with a Creative Commons “Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives” License.  You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at

CJRL is a no-fee journal.  Authors are not charged upon submission or acceptance.

Author Agreement:

Read the journal’s standard author agreement.

Archiving Policy:

CJRL 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.

Contact Us:

We welcome any and all inquiries regarding our Journal.  Email inquiries, including requests for print copies, may be sent to

The Journal warmly invites submissions from scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.  Authors are encouraged to submit articles in MS Word format through ExpressO or Scholastica.  Please see our Submissions page for more detailed information and guidelines.