About This Journal

The Asian American Law Journal (AALJ) is the preeminent law journal in the United States, and only one of two in the country, focused on Asian American communities in its publication agenda. Known as the Asian Law Journal until 2007, AALJ was first published in October 1993 in a joint publication with the California Law Review. AALJ’s first independent issue was published in May 1994.

AALJ’s purpose is to explore the unique legal concerns of the South Asian American, Southeast Asian American, East Asian American, and Asian Pacific American communities, while recognizing the diversity and intersections within Asian American identities. By providing a scholarly foundation for a wide range of Asian American voices, we aim to mobilize the scholarship into action and to promote national understanding and empowerment of Asian Americans.

In pursuit of these goals, AALJ strives to provide a forum for the many voices and opinions of Asian American communities through events such as its annual Spring Symposium and Neil Gotanda Lecture in Asian American Jurisprudence. AALJ is published annually, and each volume typically contains articles, book reviews, essays, and other contributions from scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and students. AALJ consists of Berkeley Law students, external members from nearby Bay Area law schools, and UC Berkeley undergraduates in the Undergraduate Fellows Program.