The Journal of Mineral Law & Policy (JMLP) was approved by an unanimous vote of the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Law in January 1984. JMLP was created in recognition of the important role the mining and mineral industry has in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the long-standing need of legal practitioners specializing in mineral law for a periodical designed specifically to address legal issues involving mining and minerals. The establishment of JMLP was also a recognition of the need to provide law students with an opportunity to become familiar with and be trained in the many various aspects of mineral law. JMLP was a multi-disciplinary periodical published biannually that presented articles, surveys, notes, and comments pertaining to the mining and mineral industries.
On July 1, 1992, JMLP became the Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law (JNREL). The name change reflected a desire to expand the journal's base of authors, contributors, and subscribers. It was intended to expand the Journal's scope of coverage to include all natural resources and environmental issues. During the spring of 2009, JNREL became the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law (KJEANRL) to reflect the journal's dedication to addressing legal issues in the fields of equine and agricultural law while also continuing to produce scholarship on natural resources law.