History of the Journal

In 1981-82, a group of Temple Law students with a common interest in environmental law created the Environmental Law Council. Through the Council, they organized and produced a publication entitled Outlook Environmental Law Journal. Outlook was published as a spin-off of The Jurist, an on-again, off-again law student periodical. The following year, with the support of its faculty advisors, the students put out a second issue of Outlook. As in the first issue, students and "outsiders" (practitioners and professors) authored the articles.

Believing that an environmental law journal should be a permanent fixture at Temple Law School, the Outlook editors sought and obtained from the law school administration the prestigious status of an official law school publication. The name was subsequently changed to Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal (to better reflect the belief that issues of science and technology are fundamental to environmental disputes). Volume III, bearing the new name, was published in the spring of 1984. In the summer of 1987, Volume VI of the Journal began to be published in the traditional "law review" publication format that it appears in today.

In the summer of 2004, the Journal changed its name to its current form, the Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law (TJSTEL). With this change, the Journal is no longer constrained by a focus on the intersection of environmental law and technology, but instead is open to a broad and diverse range of legal issues and challenges in science, technology, and environmental law. Our spring 2005 edition was the first issue under the new title.

Today, after more than twenty-five years of publication, we continue as the second oldest student-edited periodical at the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. The Journal produces biannual issues in the spring and fall that reach subscribers comprised primarily of law libraries, courts, and law firms. The Journal also hosts an annual symposium; past topics have included environmental technology and innovation, suburban sprawl, applying the open source model to the pharmaceutical industry, and the twentieth anniversary of the landmark decision in Apple v. Franklin. Both Westlaw and Lexis include the text of the Temple Journal of Science, Technology, and Environmental Law (TJSTEL) in their databases.