Prospective Members

          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. One issue will be dedicated to papers on “Advancing Equal Access to Justice” in conjunction with a Fall Symposium addressing inequalities and reforms to accessing legal services in the American civil justice system. HLJ will also host a Spring Symposium examining the Status of Antidiscrimination Law in the United States.

          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.

          Six ways to become a member of the Hastings Law Journal:

          1. The top five students from each section are invited to join on the basis of their G.P.A. (please note that in order to be eligible to join HLJ based on G.P.A., a student must still submit a writing competition entry);
          2. Twenty students are invited on the basis of their writing competition scores;
          3. Sixteen students are invited on the basis of a composite of their writing competition scores and their G.P.A.;
          4. Through HLJ's special admissions program, students may also be invited on the basis of their grade-point-averages, writing competition scores, Legal Writing and Research grades, and supplemental personal statements. HLJ considers a variety of factors that demonstrate personal achievement in the face of social, economic, or educational disadvantages;
          5. Transfer students may submit writing competition entries; transfers receive invitations if their scores equal at least the fifteenth-ranked, regular entry in the competition;
          6. Students may also participate in the self-submittal program by submitting a prospectus for a Note that will actually be published in the Hastings Law Journal. Please contact the Scholarly Publications office for more information.

          For more information:

          Please stop by our office located on the 23rd floor of the Tower, or contact us below:

          Hastings Law Journal
          UC Hastings College of the Law
          200 McAllister Street
          San Francisco, CA 94102-4978
          Phone: 415-581-8960