The Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy is one of the premier student organizations at the Law Center. The Journal provides candidates with outstanding opportunities to advance their legal research and writing skills, author a paper for potential publication, learn about the health law and policy issues at our nation’s forefront, network with local health law attorneys, and enjoy the benefits of an internal mentor program.
What is HJHLP?
Why join the Journal?
- HJHLP is one of the nation's preeminent scholarly legal journals devoted exclusively to health law and policy issues, operting within the #2 Health Law Program in the Country by U.S. News & World Report!
- HJHLP publishes professional and student-authored pieces each year, with volumes being sent to libraries across the country.
- HJHLP is ranked in the Top 5 of Health Law-related Academic Legal Journals in the country by Washington & Lee University.
What does membership entail?
- Most employers want, and many require, legal journal experience; HJHLP not only satisfies this requirement, but demonstrates that you have met our internationally recognized high editorial standards.
- Participation on the Journal will sharpen your legal writing and researching skills, giving you a significant advantage in law classes, summer internships, and future employment.
- HJHLP is the only Journal affiliated with the consistently top-ranked Health Law & Policy Institute, giving our members access to the Health Law Symposium, Mentorship with high-profile Law Professors, and faculty feedback and guidance.
- Students do not need to be interested in practicing health law to join the Journal. Health law is a broad field that touches everyone’s lives and interests; it encompasses everything from Mergers and Acquisitions to Oil & Gas regulation, to Foreign Relations and Criminal Law. You can put a health law spin on virtually any area of law you like.
How do I join?
- Membership on HJHLP consists of two years, a candidacy year during 2L, followed by an Editorial Board position during 3L. Part-time students are eligible for candidacy following the same criteria as full-time students, but have the option to serve for either a two-year or three-year term.
- During the candidacy year, candidates work together in groups to conduct line editing and citation checks of pending articles, supervised by our experienced Articles Editors. Line editing includes grammatical, structural, and wording changes, ensuring that published articles demonstrate superior scholarly writing. Citation checking involves ensuring that each supportive authority used by an author is accurately quoted and cited.
- Students also write a forty-to-sixty-page case note or comment during their candidacy. Candidates will work with the Notes & Comments Editors to propose a health-related topic of their choosing, research supportive authorities for their claims, and compose a complete note or comment. A selection of notes and comments will be chosen at the end of the year to be published in the following volume of HJHLP.
- Members can earn up to 6 hours of class credit for participation; candidates must complete both a 2L candidacy year and an editorial board position in their 3L year in order to qualify.
There are three ways students can become members of HJHLP:
For more information, please contact the Chief Notes & Comments Editor, Julia Bennett.
- Students ranked in the top 30% of their 1L class, or earn an A or A- in either semester of Legal Skills and Strategies (LSS), will receive a Grade-On Invitation to join HJHLP in late June or early July. Students who grade-on to HJHLP are not required to apply or participate in the Write-On Competition.
- Students ranked in the top 40% of their 1L class can Apply-On to the Journal using our Application Form. The application process allows qualifying students with a demonstrated interest in Health Law to submit a previously-prepared original writing sample and bypass the Write-On Competition. Application packets will be sent out in late June or early July.
- Because we recognize that GPA does not necessarily reflect legal research and writing aptitude, all rising 2L students may participate in the summer Write-On Competition sponsored by Houston Law Review. HJHLP will select candidates from the competition based on the merits of their case note, with a particularly high emphasis on writing style, formatting and organization, and proper citations.