Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy is a growing student
organization at the Law Center. The Journal provides candidates with
outstanding opportunities to advance their legal research and writing
skills, to author a paper for potential publication, to learn about the
health law and policy issues at our nation’s forefront, to network with
local health law attorneys, and to enjoy the benefits of an internal
What is the HJHLP?
About the Health Law Journal:
- The HJHLP is one of the nation's preeminent
peer-reviewed scholarly journals devoted exclusively to health law and
- The HJHLP publishes two issues of professional and
student-authored pieces each year, generally in the fall and spring
Why join the Health Law Journal?
- You do not need to be interested in health law to
join the Journal!
- As you probably already know, health law is a broad
field that touches everyone’s lives and interests; it encompasses
everything from criminal law to corporate law to tax law. You can put a
health law spin on virtually any area of law you like.
- HJHLP is a smaller journal. This provides 2Ls with
two advantages: (1) they have greater opportunities for leadership
positions in their third year than some of the other larger Journals
(this year, every candidate received some sort of editorship), and (2)
they have a greater chance of being published in a Journal.
- Students can earn up to 6 hours of credit for
participation; you have to complete your 2L candidacy year AND your
editorial board position in your 3L year.
- Completing your comment or case notes for the Journal
satisfies the UHLC’s writing requirement.
- Candidates have greater freedom to choose paper
topics than they generally do in seminar courses, even if the topic is
not directly related to health law.
- Alternatively, you can take a seminar in the fall of
your 2L year and submit the paper from that seminar to be considered
for publication instead of going through the 100%-HJHL&P-run notes
and comments process.
- Journal track—you get a wider topic choice vs...
Seminar track—supervision by a professor.
- HJHL&P requires candidate papers to be 40 pages,
while other journals (LR, HJIL, & HBTJ) require 60 pages.
How do I join?
- Participation on the Journal will sharpen your legal
writing and researching skills, which gives you an advantage in law
classes, summer internships, and future employment.
- Many employers want Journal experience; HJHLP is a
good one to have.
- HJHLP is the only Journal affiliated with the
consistently #1-ranked Health Law Institute at UHLC, and your
affiliation to the Institute as a Journal member is great to have on
There are two ways students can become members of the
- Students who earn an A or A- in either semester of LRW or are ranked in the top 33% of their 1L class will
receive an automatic invitation to join the HJHLP this summer.
(Students in these categories should expect to receive invitations in
late June or early July).
- Because we recognize that GPA does NOT reflect legal
research and writing aptitude, all 1L students may participate in the
summer write-on competition sponsored by the Houston Law Review, and the Health Law Journal will select members from
the competition based on the merits of their papers.
Full time students must commit for a two year term. 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. Upon successful completion of all requirements, members are
eligible for academic credit. The Journal welcomes students to contact
any of the current members for more information and to tour our
The Health Law & Policy Institute was established in
1978. It is widely regarded as one of the top health law programs
in the country.
In April 2008, U. S. News &
World Report rankings listed the University of Houston’s health
law program as #2 in the country – the 11th straight year the program
has been ranked among the top 3.
Law & Policy Institute's website