THE JLG NOTES COMPETITION:
The JLG Student Note Competition is a writing competition open to only HLS students. The winner(s) will be published in the Summer 2012 Symposium issue of JLG. This year the symposium topic is trans issues and the law. Feel free to ask our Student Writing Committee co-Chairs Lauren Herman or Megan Woodford any questions you might have as you begin thinking about and writing your submission. They can be reached via email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What’s a Student Note?
A. A Student Note is a law review article written by an HLS student. Student Notes are typically about 20-35 pages, 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/category/print-articles/) 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 2012 Symposium issue of JLG. The Note Competition is open only to HLS students. The student whose article is selected may also have the chance to present his or her work to the Harvard community alongside top academics in the field at our Symposium on Friday, March 30, 2012.
Q: I noticed your 2012 Summer Symposium issue will be on trans issues and the law. Can I submit a piece outside of that topic area?
A: Yes, we will accept and strongly consider Notes on other topics. However, preference will be given to excellent student work on trans issues in order to produce a cohesive Symposium issue.
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. If you’re writing a gender-related paper anyway, you might submit it to the Note Competition to see if you can get it published.
Q. What’s the selection process?
A: The deadline for articles will be January 20, 2012. The Student Writing Chairs will, along with the senior board, pick the winners. Offers for publication will be made by January 27, 2012.
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 email@example.com with “2012 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! Lauren or Megan 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 email Lauren or Megan (They can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com)if you are considering submitting a piece but feel apprehensive for whatever reason.