Prospective Members

Since 1949, UCLJ  (formerly HLJ) has published scholarly articles, essays, and student Notes on a broad range of legal topics. With close to ninety members, HLJ publishes six issues each year, reaching a large domestic and international audience.  Each year, UCLJ hosts a Spring Symposium.

Second-year members may contribute to the Journal in a variety of areas, however the bulk of 2L Staff Editor duties involves the technical production (footnote source pulling and editing) of articles, essays, and student Notes to ready them for publication. Members also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of UCLJ’s social functions, networking events, and campus engagements in order to develop a sense of community with their fellow classmates and meaningful relationships with the UCLJ third-year staff. One of the most challenging and satisfying aspects of second-year membership is the opportunity to research, write, and publish a student Note: a piece of legal scholarship similar to law review articles authored by professors. Each second-year member investigates an area of interest in the law; selects a topic on a developing issue in that area; and, assisted by a third-year mentor and the Journal’s Notes staff, refines the topic and composes a paper on the subject.

If you have any further questions, reach out to the current year’s Editor-in-Chief.  Thank you for your interest, and UCLJ wishes you the best of luck in the summer Inter-Journal Writing Competition.

Rising Second-year Students

Rising second-year students may join the UC Law Journal by participating in the school’s annual writing competition. Members are chosen as follows:

  1. The top two students from each section are invited to join on the basis of their GPA.*
  2. Thirty students are invited on the basis of their writing competition scores.
  3. Thirty students are invited on the basis of a composite of their writing competition scores and their GPA.
  4.  An additional number of students may be invited through the Intellectual Diversity Program.

*Please note that a student invited based on GPA must still submit a writing competition application.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may join the UC Law Journal by participating in the school’s writing competition for transfer students. Contact the Scholarly Publications office at for more information.




Come Meet Us

All students are invited to learn more about being a UC Law Journal member by stopping by our office in the 198 Academe basement, or to contact us at:

UC Law Journal
UC, College of the Law, SF
198 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-4978
Phone: 415.581.8960

NOTE: All writing competition inquires should be sent to the Scholarly Publications office.


Rising Third-year Students

Rising third-year students may join the UC Law Journal by participating in the self-submittal program or, if the current and incoming Editor-in-Chief elect to hold one, through the Spring Write-On.  Before doing any work on a self-submittal entry, please contact the Scholarly Publications office for more information.  To inquire about the possibility of a Spring Write-On, contact the current Editor-in-Chief.