The Journal of Law & Gender is seeking submissions for our Summer 2021 Student Note. Submissions should be tailored to the theme of our Summer 2021 volume, which is focusing on the simultaneous overpolicing and overlooking of Black womxn’s bodies—a theme tentatively titled “Black Womxn’s Bodies: Overpoliced Yet Overlooked.” We conceive of the scope of this theme broadly but would be particularly interested in pursuing pieces related to police brutality, the carceral state, sexual harassment and abuse, and other ways in which Black womxn’s bodies and sexuality are policed and/or disregarded.
Notes must be no more than 15,000 words. Intersectional notes are especially encouraged. Submissions open November 1, 2020. Please remove your name from the file and email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 2nd, 2020 at 11:59pm.
The JLG Student Note Competition is a writing competition open to all law students. The winner(s) will be published in the Summer 2021 issue of JLG. Feel free to send any questions you have regarding this process, as well as completed submissions, to email@example.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 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 (https://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 2021 issue of JLG. The Note Competition is open only to law 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, a cover letter, and an optional statement (of no more than 150 words) providing information about your background that you feel would be helpful for the Board to know in reviewing your piece. The deadline for articles will be December 2, 2020 at 11:59PM. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “2021 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the above materials.