Since 1949, 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. In 2019, HLJ hosted a Spring Symposium,“The Jurisprudence of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy: Four Decades of Influence.”
Second-year members may contribute to the Journal in a variety of areas, including article, Note, and SCOCAblog editing, technical production of pieces ready for publication, and Symposia preparation and execution. Members also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of HLJ’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 HLJ 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.
Thank you for your interest, and HLJ wishes you the best of luck in the Inter-Journal Writing Competition.
Rising Second-year Students
Rising second-year students may join the Hastings Law Journal by participating in the school’s annual writing competition. Members are chosen as follows:
- The top five students from each section are invited to join on the basis of their GPA.*
- Twenty students are invited on the basis of their writing competition scores.
- Sixteen students are invited on the basis of a composite of their writing competition scores and their GPA.
- 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.
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