by Jordan Rogers, Adam Aguirre, Amy Frieder, Sararose Gaines


  • What does “CR-CL” mean?

The acronym “CR-CL” is shorthand for Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review


  • What type of articles do CR-CL publish?

The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (CR-CL) is the nation’s leading progressive law journal. Founded in 1966 as an instrument to advance personal freedoms and human dignities, CR-CL seeks to catalyze progressive thought and dialogue through publishing innovative legal scholarship and from various perspectives and in diverse fields of study.

In recent years, CR-CL has published articles by professors, practitioners, and students on topics including zoning the homeless, political lawyering, and the right to revolution. These and other subjects continue to be some of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of the law, and we believe that the dialogue provided by CR-CL and other progressive journals will help to shape the future.


  • How do I become a member of CR-CL?

There are a number of ways in which you can get involved in CR-CL. However, to be considered a member of CR-CL, you are required to participate in a subcite session in both the fall and spring semesters. Subciting is generally done over one or two weekends each semester. You must only join one subcite session (i.e., Saturday or Sunday) during either of the two weekend subciting periods. However, you are welcome to participate in more than one session if you would like.


  • What is a subcite?

A subcite is the process of checking all of the legal citations in an article against their appropriate sources, and each journal must do this before going to print.  


  • Must I have previous subcite experience before participating in a subcite session for CR-CL?

No. You do not have to have any previous experience with subciting prior to joining the CR-CL subcite session. CR-CL has dedicated editors (Executive Technical Editors) who lead subcite training sessions prior to each of our subcite periods. 


  • How do I become more involved in CR-CL?

Aside from participating in the required subcite sessions each semester, there are a number of ways to become more involved in CR-CL:

First, as a student at Harvard Law School in general, you have the opportunity to write and publish your own articles for the CR-CL “Amicus Blog.”

Additionally, as a member, you have the opportunity to participate in the Article Selection Board. All of the Editorial Board members are automatically members of the Article Selection Board, and all other members are invited to join.

Last, aside from being a general member of CR-CL, there is an opportunity to take on a greater role in CR-CL by joining the Editorial Board or General Board. For a brief overview of the positions that comprise the Editorial Board and General Board, please see this document


  • Are student articles published in volumes of the journal or only on the CR-CL blog, Amicus?

CR-CL eagerly accepts writing from students on all topics concerning civil rights and civil liberties. There are information sessions for those students interested in writing a note for the journal. Having a fully formed idea or experience writing in an academic journal is not a prerequisite for having your work appear in the journal. We encourage any students interested in writing a note to the journal to reach out to the Editor-in-Chief who oversees Student Writing, who is currently Sararose Gaines.


  • When do I apply or run for Editorial and General Board positions?

See this timeline


  • What is the structure of CR-CL?

See the following graphic.