The High Tech Law Journal was organized originally as the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal in 1984.

The High Tech Law Journal Online was founded in 2020 to increase the Journal’s accessibility and supplement the Journal with short, accessible, and current legal scholarship. 

The Journal is a leading forum for multidisciplinary discourse on emerging issues at the intersection of technology, law, and public policy. Current students interested in receiving updates about events and opportunities should submit their information here, follow HTLJ on Twitter and LinkedIn, and connect with a member of the current editorial board. If you would like more information, please contact a member of The Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal’s Executive Board or email the Managing Editor Online at [email protected].

The Journal publishes four issues per volume (ISSN 0882-3383). Throughout its history, one of the Journal’s top priorities has been making its content more accessible to the legal community. After signing the Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship with dozens of other law schools, Santa Clara University made copies of all published journal content available online for free to anyone via the Digital Commons platform. Articles published in HTLJ have been cited in landmark intellectual property cases, including the Federal Circuit’s opinions in Festo v. Shoketsu, 234 F.3d 558, 574 (Fed. Cir. 2000), In re Bilski, 545 F.3d 943, 1001 (Fed Cir. 2008), and in the United States Supreme Court case, Bilski v. Kappos, 561 U.S. 593 (2010).


The mission of the Journal is to be the preeminent legal publication, fostering legal scholarship and discourse in the area of intellectual property and technology-related law. The Journal works to build and strengthen connections between its alumni network of former editors, the professional legal community in Silicon Valley, and current Santa Clara Law students.

These principles guide the Journal to fulfill its mission:

  • EMPOWERMENT: Provides a forum for legal scholars, practitioners, students and industry decision-makers for discourse on emerging issues at the juncture of technology, the law and public policy
  • DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: Celebrates multiple approaches and points of view. We believe diversity drives innovation. So we’re building a culture where difference is valued. We strive to create an environment at the journal that reflect the communities we connect. Everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to what we do, and we strive to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our associates.
  • INNOVATION: Places itself at the forefront of emerging legal trends with the strategic guidance of a world-class Advisory Board consisting of distinguished legal professionals and scholars from a broad spectrum of academic, business and public policy perspectives
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Expands the resources for legal practitioners, scholars and students focused in the area of intellectual property and technology-related law area by providing opportunities for continuing education, networking, and mentorship