The Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal (“STLJ”) accepts applications from all University of California, Hastings College of the Law students after the completion of their first year of law school. STLJ is as student-run journal that publishes articles twice a year on the legal issues surrounding startup technology companies, biotechnology, clean technology, intellectual property, data privacy, and health policy.
Journal members will be able to select and edit cutting edge articles for publication and get an inside look into how a journal operates. By reviewing the work of authors and fellow students, editors will gain experience in editing, critical thinking, and develop their writing skills. Additionally, STLJ offers a unique opportunity for law students to become directly involved with and influence legal scholarship. Students will be able to contribute to the STLJ website through blog posts and may be selected to publish their notes.
Membership Frequently Asked Questions:
How can I join STLJ?
Any full-time student at Hastings may become a member of the Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal upon their application and acceptance after participating in the University of California, Hastings College of the Law inter-journal writing competition (IJWC). The competition is held after the completion of the spring semester for rising second-year law students and in the beginning of the fall semester for transfer students.
Typically, the IJWC has two parts: a memorandum and an editing assignment. STLJ also offers students the opportunity to write an optional personal statement expressing their interest in science, technology, or the journal specifically. The competition is graded blindly for editing skills, legal writing ability, and attention to detail. Grades and past experience may be considered, but are not solely indicative of a candidates success.
Successful non-transfer applicants will be notified over the summer prior to their second year and will begin their membership duties during the Fall semester. Successful transfer student applicants will be notified in August and start membership duties immediately following their acceptance.
What are my responsibilities as a member of STLJ?
All candidates who accept membership must commit to one-year on STLJ. During their first year, members are put onto small editing teams that edit and proofread the content that will be published by STLJ. Members are expected to follow BlueBook citations and substantively edit articles for mistakes. Additionally, staff members are responsible for verifying authors’ sources and editing for stylistic and grammatical issues.
Staff members must also write a double-spaced Note between twenty-five to thirty-five pages in length. The Note will be completed during the student’s second year of law school and students may choose to receive course credit for their work. The Note can be on any area of science or technology law that the student finds interesting. After completion of the Note, students can apply to have their Note published in the journal.
STLJ also highly encourages students to become involved in various social activities planned throughout the year and participate on a journal committee. Committees are a way for students to learn more about a particular area of the journal and get involved.