About This Journal
The Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law (BJESL) is a student-run publication of University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Started in 2011, BJESL was the first law journal at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law founded on an electronic platform. The Journal’s membership, approximately 60 students, publishes annually each Spring.
BJESL’s original objective, architected by a small collective of first-year students, was quite simple: to provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to analyze, discuss, and help innovate the ways in which we consider legal issues in the entertainment and sports industries. Two years later, BJESL officially commenced as the thirteenth law journal of Berkeley Law.
As evident by BJESL’s founding, the journal depends on all of its members to sustain itself and remain dedicated to publishing groundbreaking scholarship in these practices of law. BJESL encourages all of its members to take an active role in decision-making. The policymaking bodies of the journal are comprised of Staff (general membership), the Editorial Board, and the Executive Board.
The Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law affirms the law school’s commitment to diversity and seeks to further this commitment by promoting diversity in both its membership and scholarship. BJESL is a voice of UC Berkeley, School of Law to the greater legal community. As such, this voice should reflect the rich diversity of experiences and perspectives in our community. A chorus of voices heightens legal discourse, promotes soundness of critical thought, and encourages thorough consideration of unique ideas. Therefore, BJESL welcomes and actively encourages students with diverse identities and backgrounds to join.
The Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law recognizes that inequalities and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, and other identities persist both in the legal profession and in institutions of legal education. BJESL is aware of the power it has to influence legal discourse and acknowledges the impact that choosing which voices to center has on challenging inequality or contributing to it. Thus, BJESL seeks to encourage and amplify diverse voices in order to achieve the law school’s goals of excellence in higher education and equal justice under the law.