JLG Student Note Competition

The Journal of Law & Gender is seeking submissions for our spring student note. Submissions should be about the wide world of law and gender, sex, or sexuality. Notes must be no more than 15,000 words. Intersectional notes are especially encouraged. Please remove your name from the file and email to hlsjlg@gmail.com by January 7th at 11:59pm.

The JLG Student Note Competition is a writing competition only open to HLS students. The winner(s) will be published in the Summer 2019 issue of JLG. Feel free to send any questions you have regarding this process, as well as completed submissions, to hlsjlg@gmail.com. For instructions on how to submit a manuscript, please see below.

What’s a Student Note?

A Student Note is a law review article written by a Harvard Law School J.D. or LL.M. candidate. 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.

What’s the JLG Student Note Competition?

The JLG Student Note Competition is a writing competition whose winner(s) will be published in the Summer 2019 issue of JLG. The Note Competition is open only to HLS students.

What should I be doing now?

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. Alternatively, consider updating and honing a previous gender-related paper that you have completed for one of your courses.

What’s the selection process like?

The JLG Senior Board will review anonymized submissions and pick the winner(s).

My paper is ready. How do I submit a piece?

Submissions should include your paper, along with a cover letter.The deadline for articles will be January 7, 2019. The cover letter should include:

  • Author’s Name, Year, and Contact information
  • Abstract of the paper
  • Explanation of the paper’s original contribution, if it is not already in the abstract

Please email your submission (your paper and cover letter) to hlsjlg@gmail.com with “2019 Student Note Competition” in the email subject line.

I submitted a piece through the regular submissions process for print or online. Do I need to re-submit?

Yes! You will be considered in a separate pool for the student note competition and must opt in by following the directions on this page. If you have already submitted through our other channels, you will need to re-submit for the student note competition. Please note: if you’ve already received a decision on your piece through regular submissions, please feel free to apply as part of the student note competition.

I think I may want to submit a piece but I’m not sure. Can I get help?

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@gmail.com 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@gmail.com with the above materials.

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