About the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender

Founded in 1977 and currently on the 42nd volume, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (originally the Harvard Women’s Law Journal) is the nation’s oldest continuously publishing feminist law journal.

JLG is an intersectional feminist publication, devoted to the advancement of feminist jurisprudence and the study of law and gender.  We seek to clarify legal issues that have gendered aspects and implications, confront new challenges to full social equality, and explore the interconnections between race, class, sexuality, nationality, ability, and gender in the law.

JLG was conceived in the fall of 1976, when founder Sheila Kuehl planned an event entitled “Celebration 25: A Generation of Women at Harvard Law School.” Celebration 25 commemorated the anniversary of the 1953 HLS graduating class, the first class that included women graduates, and highlighted the important contributions of women students. The publication committee of Celebration 25 titled their commemorative book of essays on women and the law the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. The founding members’ objective of creating a feminist jurisprudence continues to drive JLG today.

Today, JLG seeks both to promote discussion within feminist and progressive communities and to bring about legal and social reform. The staff of Volume 42 seeks to publish rigorous scholarship that touches on legal issues impacting marginalized communities, as well as established legal issues reinvigorated through a feminist lens. JLG benefits from the experiences, viewpoints, and skills of its staff, and therefore welcomes students with diverse backgrounds and interests. Thank you for your interest in our publication!

For rising 2Ls and transfers, we have currently have open positions on our Senior and General Boards. Please click here for an overview of these positions and e-mail us at aszemanski@jd19.law.harvard.edu and schakrabarty@jd19.law.harvard.edu to express your interest.

The Journal of Law and Gender adheres to the Science Commons Open Access Law Journal Principles.  A copy of JLG‘s standard author agreement is available here.

Ali Szemanski & Sonia Chakrabarty

Editors-In-Chief, Volume 42

Upcoming Events

  • Join JLG for a Conversation with One of our Founders, Sheila Kuehl, at Celebration 65! JLG will be hosting Sheila Kuehl for a lunch talk on Friday, September 14 at 12 PM in Hauser 102, with Sheila Kuehl, a Harvard alum. Ms. Kuehl is currently a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and founded the Harvard Women’s Law Journal in 1977. In 1994, she became the first openly gay California legislator and has a rich career in law and politics. She will be in town for Celebration 65 and will join our current Editors-in-Chief for a conversation about the history of the journal, the importance of feminist scholarship, and her career. Lunch will be served.
  • Fall Membership Kick-Off. Interested in becoming involved with JLG this year? Join us for our fall kick-off to learn about the fall edition, joining our online content team, and our other plans for fall semester. We will meet at 7 PM in WCC 1015. Dinner will be served.

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