The Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy (Houston Health Law Journal) 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, and network with local health law attorneys.
Who are we?
The Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy is one of the nation's preeminent scholarly legal journals devoted exclusively to health law and policy issues, operating within the #5 Health Law Program in the Country by U.S. News & World Report.
The Journal publishes professional and student-authored pieces each year, with volumes being sent to libraries across the country.
The Journal is ranked among the top of the Health Law-related Academic Legal Journals in the country by Washington & Lee University.
Why join the Journal?
Most employers want, and many require, legal journal experience; the Houston Health Law Journal 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, legal internships, and future employment.
The Houston Health Law Journal 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 an industry-focused practice area that transects all aspects of law in relation to healthcare. A healthcare attorney's routine practice may encompass everything from Mergers and Acquisitions to Oil & Gas regulation, to Foreign Relations and Criminal Law. As a reflection of this, our student members may choose to write about subjects considered traditionally within the realm of healthcare, such as the impact of new FDA regulations or proposed healthcare reform, or hot topics that implicate laws and policies in healthcare, such as sports medicine, bioterrorism, and mental health policies' effect on gun control.
What does membership entail?
Membership on the Houston Health Law Journal 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 the Houston Health Law Journal.
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.
How do I join?
There are three ways students can become members of the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy:
Students ranked in the top 30% of their 1L class or section as well as those who earn an A or A- in either semester of Legal Skills and Strategies (LSS), will receive a Grade-On Invitation to join the Journal in late June or early July. Students who grade-on to the Journal are not required to apply or participate in the Write-On Competition.
Students ranked in the top 40% of their 1L class or section may Apply-On to the Journal using our Application Form. The application process allows qualifying students with a demonstrated interest in Health Law and research and writing 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.
Our founders strongly believed that GPA and class rank do not necessarily reflect passion nor aptitude for legal research and writing and decreed in our constitution that the entire rising 2L class may be considered for membership. As per their wishes made clear in our constitution and the Houston Health Law Journal tradition, all rising 2L students may participate in the summer Write-On Competition sponsored by Houston Law Review. The Journal 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.
For more information, please contact the Chief Notes and Comments Editor: Danielle Giaccio by emailing email@example.com.