The Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal is comprised of Associates and Editors. The size of both the Editorial Board and Associate Class varies from year to year. A student must become an Associate before becoming eligible to be an Editor.
All full-time and part-time 2Ls, part-time 3Ls, and first-year LLM students and JD/MBA students are eligible to apply. Associates are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Associates are first trained by the Editors on portions of the Bluebook that 1Ls and LLMs likely weren’t exposed to in LARAW. Assignments typically include cite-checking, verifying the footnotes are correct and modifying if needed, and source pulling, finding sources the author cited and uploading the official copy to the HTLJ database.
Participation in the Journal’s Associate Class is an excellent way to practice the level of detail awareness and teamwork desired by employers. Associates will further refine their skills in Bluebook editing, increase research experience, and gain a greater familiarity with cutting-edge legal problems. A student is not an Associate until the first milestone or assignment has been turned in.
To qualify for the Editor position, all Associates must complete a minimum of 50 hours (40 of which must be production) and submit a 20 to 30-page comment of publishable quality. Upon completion of these requirements an associate will go through an interview selection process in January/February for the next Volume.
Absolutely! Because there is such a broad spectrum of legal issues affected by technology, having a technical background is not a requirement to be on the Journal. An interest in the relationship between law and technology is sufficient.
You will not receive academic credit for your hours worked as an Associate. However, once you become an editor, you have the option of receiving up to four units for the hours you are required to work as an Editor. You will be charged tuition for these units just as you would be for any other course.