Student Note Submission

JOLT Student Note Submission and Competition

The Harvard Journal of Law and Technology is excited to announce our student writing competition for publication in our Spring 2024 Issue! Submissions should engage with novel issues at the intersection of law and technology. Topics may include but are not limited to cybercrime, biotechnology, space law, entertainment and news media, comparative legal approaches to intellectual property, the law of the Internet, and technology in the public interest. We encourage creative approaches.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, January 12, 2024.


To be eligible for the competition, in addition to fulfilling the standard Student Note Requirements above, student note authors must also fulfill the following conditions:

  • Authors must be current law students pursuing a JD, LLM, or JSD at an ABA-accredited law school or alumni within one year of graduation
  • Authors must not have won a previous JOLT competition


All competition submissions will be considered for publication in our Spring 2024, Volume 37 Issue.

  • 1st Prize: $2500 and publication in our Spring 2024 issue


The application submission sheets can be found here.

To submit, please send the following two documents to

Your email subject line should read “JOLT STUDENT AUTHOR APPLICATION”

1) Your completed Student Note Application (the subsequent pages of this document), titled Lastname_Firstname_Spring_v37_NoteApplication.

Ex: Doe_Jane_Spring_v37_NoteApplication.docx

2) The most complete draft of your proposed note, in Microsoft Word format, titled Spring_v37_NoteDraft_Title. Because our review process is blind, your name, school, and any other identifying information should not appear anywhere on your draft.

Ex: Spring_v37_NoteDraft_Super_Awesome_Student_Note.docx


Student note submissions are evaluated based on the quality of the writing, the organization and structure of the piece, fit with JOLT, contributions to the field, engagement with current literature (including the quality of the preemption check), and the quality of the citations and sources. JOLT reserves the right to revoke the acceptance upon a finding of plagiarism at any stage of the submission or editing process.

If accepted, you must be able to comply with the editing and revision process, which will extend through the Spring 2024 academic semester.

THANK YOU! Your interest in publishing with us is an honor to the JOLT community, and your time spent completing this application is deeply appreciated. Please contact with any questions.