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Now Accepting Submissions for the JLG Student Note Competition

The JLG Student Note Competition is a writing competition only open to HLS students. The winner(s) will be published in the Summer 2016 issue of JLG. Feel free to send any questions you have regarding this process, as well as completed submissions, to hlsjlg@mail.law.harvard.edu. For instructions on submission materials, please see below.

Need to Know:
  • You must be an HLS student to submit.
  • Entires must be no longer than 15,000 words.
  • Entries should be scholarly work relating to gender broadly construed. We are particularly interested in work adopting an intersectional approach.
  • Please email all submissions to hlsjlg@mail.law.harvard.edu
  • Entries will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, until January 15, 2016. This means that the sooner you get in your piece, the better! **If you submit an article after January 1, 2015, please know that your work will be subject to an expedited editorial schedule.**

Q. What’s a Student Note?
A. A Student Note is a law review article written by an HLS student. Student Notes are no longer than 15,000 words, which is a little shorter than a regular, full-fledged article, but they are otherwise similar in content, consisting of original, in-depth analyses and commentary on a legal or policy issue. Topics and styles can vary quite a bit. For some examples of Notes that JLG has published, check out the old volumes of JLG (http://harvardjlg.com/print-journal/archive/) and take a look at the pieces listed under “Student Writing,” “Notes,” and “Comments.”

Q. What’s the JLG Student Note Competition?
A.
The JLG Student Note Competition is a writing competition whose winner(s) will be published in the Summer 2016 issue of JLG. The Note Competition is open only to HLS students.

Q. What should I be doing now?
A.
Perhaps you have already begun thinking about gender-related legal topics that interest you based on materials you have encountered in class or on your own, and you have begun formulating some original ideas or arguments. If you have not yet begun actual research and/or writing related to such topics, it is probably a good idea to start soon. Keep in mind that you can submit something that you are preparing (or have prepared) for class: think of the papers you have to write for your various classes this semester and see if you can think up of gender-related topics to write about for them.

Q. What’s the selection process like?
A:
The deadline for articles will be January 15, 2016. The Executive Submissions Editors will, along with the JLG Senior Board, pick the winners. If you submit an article after January 1, 2015, please know that your work will be subject to an expedited editorial schedule.

Q. My paper is ready. How do I submit a piece?
A.
Submissions should include your paper along with a cover letter. The cover letter should include:
1. Author’s Name, Year, and Contact information
2. Abstract of the paper
3. Explanation of the papers original contribution, if it is not already in the abstract
Please email your submission (your paper and cover letter) to  hlsjlg@mail.law.harvard.edu with “2016 Student Note Competition” in the email subject line.

Q. I think I may want to submit a piece but I’m not sure. Can I get help?
A.
Yes! Our Senior Board can help with questions and concerns such as: choosing/refining a topic, conducting research and writing, format and style, logistics of writing a paper in conjunction with a seminar or as an independent 2-credit writing project, requirements of the Competition, benefits of publishing, etc. Please contact hlsjlg@mail.law.harvard.edu if you are considering submitting a piece but feel apprehensive for whatever reason. If you decide to submit a note, please send it to  hlsjlg@mail.law.harvard.edu with the above materials.

Unwanted Titles: Reflections on the JLG-LAMBDA Colloquium

By Katie ’17

As a 2L, just out of the summer interviewing process and faced with a slew of decisions about where I want to work next summer and possibly beyond, I have been thinking a lot about what kind of lawyer I want to be. Do I want to be a litigator? What issues are most important to me? Can I still become a public interest lawyer if I’ve worked in the private sector? What I’ve taken for granted throughout the process, however, is the fact that I have a choice about the work I want to do, and that whatever title I choose, others will likely refer to me as I refer to myself. At Friday’s colloquium, co-hosted by JLG and LAMBDA, I was reminded that this is a privilege that many advocates do not have. Continue reading Unwanted Titles: Reflections on the JLG-LAMBDA Colloquium