McGeorge School of Law


“Greensheets” Edition of The University of the Pacific Law Review

The University of the Pacific Law Review's annual "Greensheets" issue consists of student-authored pieces discussing the background and legal implications of recently enacted California legislation. The "Greensheets" issue is the most popular issue of the year — and is one of the most widely read issue of any law review in the country by state legislators, judges, and lobbyists. Its purpose is to provide practicing members of the bench and bar a point of reference for what the new legislation does, how it changes the law, and why it may have been enacted. The distinctive academic publication is published annually in the spring.

Students author and edit the pieces, gaining both practical experience and curricular benefits as members of The University of the Pacific Law Review. In addition to writing, editing, and the possibility of becoming a published author, staff members have the opportunity to network with legislative committees, lobbyists, and policy analysts.

Currently on Volume 48, "Greensheets" traces its history back to Volume 1 of what was then known as the Pacific Law Journal, when law students critiqued the 1969 California legislation signed into law by Governor Ronald Reagan.

Practical Experience

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with members of different legislative committees, lobbyists, policy think tanks, and others.
  • Perform advanced research of case law and statutory law to predict the effect of new laws.
  • Learn how to write publishable quality articles.
  • Master the use of the Harvard Bluebook citation style (HBB is the most widely used style manual in the U.S.).
  • Obtain a detailed knowledge of the legislative process.
Curricular Benefits

Students will:

  • Receive two (2) units of ungraded class credit, and will receive a grade designation of Honors, Pass, No Credit, or Fail.
  • Receive the same two units of class credit toward the requirements to earn a JD Certificate in Public Law & Policy.
  • Obtain the prestige of being a member of the school's Law Review.
  • Be able to solicit for the Comment section of the Law Review in their second year regardless of class rank. (Ordinarily, a student who has not participated in Greensheets must be in the top half of the class.)

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