Ontario, Calif., April 10, 2008 – The University of La Verne College of Law is leading the way in providing open access to legal scholarship. The provisionally American Bar Association-approved* law school’s flagship journal, the University of La Verne Law Review, is the first primary law review in California to join Science Commons’ Open Access Law Program.

As a member of the Open Access Law Program, the University of La Verne Law Review will:

  • Observe a shorter than usual time frame for licensing, and support the use of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License rather than standard copyright terms
  • Expect of its authors that an electronic version of their edited articles will be made available in an Open Access Repository
  • Post its current publication agreement on its Web site

“In the digital era, educational institutions have an unprecedented opportunity to help make knowledge, including legal knowledge, as freely available as possible,” said Associate Professor Diane Klein, one of the faculty advisors to ULV’s law review. “In adopting Science Commons’ Open Access Law Journal Principles, the University of La Verne Law Review joins elite publications such as the Duke Law Journal, the Texas Law Review and the Michigan Law Review in expressing its commitment to sharing legal knowledge. I truly believe that this is the trend of the future, and we can all be proud that someday we will look back and remember that our law review was one of those that got there first.”

First published as the Journal of Juvenile Law in 1977, ULV College of Law spent the 2007-2008 academic year reorganizing, including moving to a twice-yearly publication schedule. This month, the law review will publish its first Symposium Issue, on the subject of child soldiers.  Volume 30’s Symposium Issue of the University of La Verne Law Review will feature scholarship on the topic, “The Organic Internet and the Digital Revolutionary,” and will be published under a Creative Commons license.

To learn more about the University of La Verne Law Review or to become a subscriber, visit the Law Review’s Web site. For more information about admission to ULV College of Law, contact its Office of Admissions at lawadm@laverne.edu or (909) 460-2001.

About the University of La Verne College of Law
Located in Ontario, Calif., the University of La Verne College of Law serves over four million people as the only ABA-approved law school in Inland Southern California and an additional 2.2 million people in San Gabriel Valley and Eastern Los Angeles County. For more information about the College of Law, please call (909) 460-2001 or visit the Web at http://law.laverne.edu.

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The University of La Verne College of Law has been provisionally approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association since 2006. The Section of Legal Education may be contacted at 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610 or by phone at (312) 988-6738.

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