Participate in a Journal

Inter-Journal Writing Competition

Each year, journal editors use the Inter-Journal Writing Competition to evaluate candidates for journal membership. Do not contact the journals directly during the competition. Any entrant who does will be disqualified. Do not consult any person, student or not, or any resource other than your Bluebook regarding any aspect of the competition; do not look up any materials on Lexis or Westlaw of any other web-based source of information. To do so is to risk disqualification. The competition is strictly anonymous. Any student participating in the writing competition who reveals his or her identity in any way to any of the journals or any other student will be disqualified.

First Year Students

All first-year students with a minimum GPA of 2.2 and who have successfully completed LW&R and Moot Court or Legal Analysis, are eligible to participate on the Hastings journals. First-year students who wish to participate on a journal during their second year are required to enter the Inter-Journal Writing Competition, which begins mid-May — usually at the end of the Spring Finals period, and ends about 12 days later.

Results will be posted/emailed to the participants on or about July 1, annually.

2L Students

All rising 2Ls who wish to participate on a journal at Hastings, must enter the Inter-Journal Writing Competition. There are no other, alternative options for joining a journal.

Transfer Students

Transfer students have the opportunity to join the Inter-Journal Writing Competition, starting on or about August 1; annually, and ends 12 days later. Transfers will be contacted directly by the Scholarly Publications department.  For further information: