BLJ was originally founded as an internal publication of the Black Law Students Association, and has grown into an independent annual journal committed to publishing manuscripts that address social and economic issues affecting African Americans and other minorities, as well as publishing innovative works by minority scholars and students. Our last volume, Volume 24, published pieces discussing, among other topics, public school desegregation, affirmative action in higher education, voting rights, race discrimination in hair salons, and the slavery-related origins of the American tax system.

BLJ recently co-sponsored a symposium entitled ‘Race Across Boundaries,’ which took a global approach in comparing and relating racial and ethnic tensions abroad to those experienced in the United States.”

For just under a quarter of a century, the Journal has promoted a conscientious and honest dialogue on issues of race and class in the law through publishing articles by academics, practitioners, and students. The Journal will celebrate this impressive feat by publishing its 25th volume in the Spring of 2009. In addition, Professor Richard Banks (Stanford) and Professor Charles Ogletree (Harvard) will publish a special anniversary foreword for the volume. Celebrate this history with us by subscribing to the journal. If you wish to subscribe to the journal, please send the Journals Office an e-mail at  journals at

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