Prospective Members

Since 1949, the Hastings Law Journal has published scholarly articles, essays, book reviews, and student notes on a broad range of legal topics. With more than ninety members, HLJ has the capacity to print six issues each year, reaching a large domestic and international audience.

One of the most challenging and satisfying aspects of Journal 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. Second-year members work on variety of other projects as well, including editing and technical production of the articles and notes ready for publication and organization of the annual symposium. Second-year members are also encouraged to participate in the fund-raising and social functions conducted by the Journal.

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

1. The top four students from each section are invited to join on the basis of their GPA. In order to be eligible to join HLJ based on GPA, a student must still submit a writing competition entry.
2. Sixteen 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 GPA.
4. Some students may be chosen through HLJ’s special admissions program, which considers a student’s supplemental personal statement in addition to their GPA, writing competition score, and Legal Writing and Research grade. HLJ considers a variety of factors that demonstrate personal achievement in the face of social, economic, or educational disadvantages.

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

Finally, rising third-year students may join the Hastings Law Journal by participating in the self-submittal program. Interested students must submit a prospectus for a student note. Before doing any work on a self-submittal entry, please contact the Scholarly Publications office for more information.

To learn more about being a Hastings Law Journal member, please stop by our office located on the 23rd floor of the Tower, or contact us:

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

Do not send email about the writing competition to this email address! All writing competition inquires should be sent to the Scholarly Publications office.