Welcome to the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law

Founded in 1972, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law is a student-run law review published at Columbia University’s School of Law. CJEL is one of the oldest environmental law journals in the nation and is regarded as a preeminent journal in the field of environmental law.  Our subscribers include law libraries, law firms, individuals, and federal, local, and state courts, including a significant international readership.

CJEL produces two print publications annually, along with a digital-only issue associated with the Journal’s Climate Change Symposium each spring.  The publication process is managed by Columbia Law School students who are responsible for reviewing and editing articles, communicating with authors, managing subscriptions, and ultimately finalizing the materials for publication.  In addition to featuring the scholarship of leading environmental lawyers and academics, CJEL encourages student writing and publishes student works through its note program.  Published pieces cover a range of topics concerning diverse aspects of environmental law and policy.

The Journal publishes two print issues each year (winter and summer) and one online issue connected with the annual Climate Change Symposium.  All submitted manuscripts must be unpublished and submitted electronically, either by email or through the ExpressO or Scholastica submission services, following CJEL’s standard submission practices.

Visit our Contact section for information on subscriptions, permissions, and getting in touch with CJEL editors and staff.