New Exhibit on SU Law Journals

Come visit our new exhibit highlighting Seattle University’s law journals.

Seattle University Law ReviewSeattle University has a long history of publishing legal scholarship. Seattle University School of Law began as the University of Puget Sound School of Law (UPS) in 1972 (here’s an article detailing the history of UPS’s law school). In 1975, the University of Puget Sound Law Review published its inaugural issue. After the law school transferred, the law review began publishing as the Seattle University Law Review. The law review has continuously published since its origin, with 2016 ringing in the law review’s 40th volume.

Law Review Fun Fact: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas cited the Seattle University Law Review in the landmark case Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000).

Seattle Journal for Social Justice

One of a handful of interdisciplinary law journals, the Seattle Journal for Social Justice (SJSJ) began in 2002 and regularly hosts symposiums around

pressing social justice issues. Each issue features unique cover art. There have been many notable contributors to SJSJ, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Derrick Bell, and Sherman Alexie.

SJSJ Fun Fact: During the journal’s founding, there was a discussion over whether the journal would the Seattle Journal for Social Justice or the Seattle Journal of Social Justice. The intentional use of for is highlighted in the introduction of SJSJ‘s inaugural issue.

Picture of Downtown Seattle EnvironmentThe Seattle Journal of Environmental Law (SJEL) was the first environmental law journal in Washington State. Its roots date back to the 1980s, when the Environmental Law Society published newsletters. After experimenting with a traditional journal format and a new name in 2009, Bellwether: The Seattle Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, the journal changed to an online format and adopted the name Seattle Journal of Environmental Law.


SJEL Fun Fact
: Before its current home on Seattle University’s Digital Commons, from 2012 – 2015 SJEL published its articles and blogged on a now defunct website: If you’re interested in visiting the website, this can be done through the power of the Internet Archive’s WayBack Machine.

Running Eagle Takes Her Enemy by Terrence Guardipee

In 2012, the American Indian Law Journal (AILJ) released its trial issue. AILJ’s innovative online format is affordable and readily available to Tribal advocates. The AILJ is supported by Seattle University’s Center for Indian Law & Policy which opened its doors in 2005.


AILJ Fun Fact: Today, there are only two active journals dedicated to the topic of Indian Law: the American Indian Law Journal and the American Indian Law Review.

View the exhibit in the second floor display cases.