Student Note Competition

HLPR is seeking submissions for its Student Note Competition, to be published in Vol. 13.1 in Winter 2018–19! The Student Note Competition provides a unique opportunity for law students to publish their work in HLPR, which is distributed to more than 6,000 lawyers nationwide, as well as congressional offices, judges, and other progressive decisionmakers.

We are seeking policy-oriented pieces that are 4,000–13,000 words, shorter in length than a typical journal article. We welcome articles that you may have worked on as part of a law school class, or a piece you would like to start from scratch. Visit to see examples of previous student notes and online posts.

The deadline for submissions for the Winter 2018–19 issue is Monday, September 17, 2018. Submissions should be sent to with the subject line “Student Note Competition.” The title of your submission should include your name—do not include your name in the body of your submission. If you have any questions please contact


We are also interested in shorter (less than 4,000 words), policy-oriented pieces for online publication. These pieces can be non-traditional and do not have to take the form of a typical journal article.


General Submissions Information

The Harvard Law & Policy Review (HLPR) welcomes articles and essays from law professors, judges, practitioners, policymakers, and students. Unsolicited articles should be typed and double-spaced in Microsoft Word, and citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010).

Submissions for the print edition should be sent to HLPR via e-mail: Online essays and contributions to the blog should be sent to Executive Online Editor Mark Satta at: Due to the quantity of submissions, HLPR will only reply to emails regarding submissions if we are interested in discussing publication.

HLPR is seeking the following content:

Journal Articles

HLPR publishes two issues each year, in winter and summer. We are seeking short, easily readable pieces that are of interest to legal scholars, legal practitioners, judges, legislators, other government officials, and political activists. Submitted pieces should be about 5,000-10,000 words and policy-oriented. Ideal pieces propose innovative ideas for progressive legal and policy measures related to U.S. domestic policy. The submissions process is ongoing, but we typically select pieces for our winter issue by early August and select pieces for our summer issue by early January.

Student Notes

HLPR publishes one to three student notes or essays in each print issue. We are seeking outstanding student writing from a diverse array of law schools. The pieces in our student writing section are often more policy oriented than traditional legal writing, are less footnote heavy, and may range from about 4,000-13,000 words. The submissions process is ongoing, but we typically select pieces for our winter issue by early August and select pieces for our summer issue by early January.

Online Essays

HLPR Online publishes guest blog posts and essays from students, practitioners, policymakers and professors. We are seeking blog posts (400-600 words) and short (1,000-2,000 words) essays for publication with light editing from HLPR Online staff. Submissions should be written in a less formal style suitable for magazine writing and should contain hyperlinks to sources, but need not contain footnotes. Pieces may contain links to the author’s own website and twitter account, but may not contain links to commercial ventures other than publications.

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