There are two ways for student writers to get involved with JOLT. The first is through JOLT Digest, an online blog that covers current topics in law and technology and is solely written by HLS students. JOLT Digest publishes both short pieces by students and longer student notes. The other way is to write a student note for JOLT's print publication.
JOLT Digest (online):
Digest offers many ways to write early in your legal career. Starting as a 1L, students can sign up to write and edit on Digest as frequently or as little as they wish throughout the semester by filling out an email survey. There are many different types of content, which you can check out on the JOLT Digest page of this Wiki.
Moreover, students are invited to submit proposals for writing Digest Comments. Comments
are 2000-3000 word long academic/opinion pieces on any topic related to law and
technology that are published at the end of each semester and the summer. In the past, there have been Comments
about legal trends,
the development of particular doctrines, new laws, or particular cases.
For example, we have published Comments on the copyright issues surrounding broadcasts of Starcraft
tournaments, the right to privacy over media consumption data, employer keylogging, and moral rights in the film industry. There are many reasons to write a Digest Comment. First, the opportunity is open to anyone, including 1Ls. Second, you can fulfill half of your JD writing requirement with a Comment.
Third, little Bluebooking is required, as most sources can and should be
hyperlinked. All in all, a Comment is a great opportunity to explore a topic of interest in greater depth and share your findings with others. Digest will send out Comment applications at the beginning of each semester. If you have more questions about Comments, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the current Digest Submissions Editor.
JOLT Student Notes (print journal):
Student writing in the journal includes Student Notes and are typically 4000–6000 words, not counting footnotes. Samples are available on jolt.law.harvard.edu.
A Student Note typically examines a current issue in law and technology. They often discuss new cases or legislation or otherwise exhibit particular novelty, while demonstrating awareness of the latest scholarship and building from a knowledgeable foundation that offers grounded, reliable information for readers.
Those with past JOLT experience (eg, subciting) may submit applications. Thinking of applying to become a JOLT student author? Please see the application below, due November 20.
Student Writing Committee: Everyone interested in becoming involved with student-written Notes & Comments can help generate ideas at open SWC meetings throughout the semester as well as work one-on-one with the first draft of a Note. Email mpriedeman@jd14 to sign up!
Other writing opportunities:
There are a number of outside competitions and opportunities for student writing. One source is the New York Law School Law Review's online database: http://www.nylslawreview.com/writing-contest-database/
If you know of others, please email mpriedeman@jd14 and we'll post them here.