Have you completed your first-year law school coursework at Santa Clara University with a 3.0 GPA?
If so, you are eligible to join the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal as an Associate.
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 officially an Associate until the student completes the first milestone or assignment.
To qualify for the Editor position, all Associates must complete a minimum of fifty (50) hours–forty (40) of which must relate to 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.
I do not have a technical background; can I still participate?
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.
Will I get academic credit for being an Associate or Editor?
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 for any other course.