Membership in the Harvard International Law Journal is open to all interested Harvard Law School students including 1Ls, transfer students, and LLM candidates.  Some ILJ positions require an application process, and selection to these positions is based on previous ILJ experience, level of commitment, and attention to detail, among other factors.  Transfer students and LLM candidates will receive information regarding the application process in the beginning of the Fall semester.

First-year students who are interested in the publication side of the journal are encouraged to become subciters.  Subciting involves verifying the accuracy, both substantively and technically, of an article’s citations, and ensuring they are in correct Bluebook format.  Subcites typically occur on one Saturday or Sunday during the fall semester and on one Saturday or Sunday during the spring semester.  After one semester of subciting, first-year students can apply to become editors on the Print, Online, and Submissions sides of the journal for the Spring semester.

First-year students may also become more involved in ILJ through a variety of positions. These opportunities include:

  • Becoming a Submissions Reader and taking part in the process of reviewing and selecting articles for the print edition;
  • Collaborating with second and third-year students to interview professors and practitioners on relevant topics and writing short articles for HILJ Online based on these interviews;
  • Serving as Line Editors, through which one assists in bringing an article through the editing process;
  • Joining the Development committee, which coordinates outreach and social events for the journal; and
  • Participating in organizing the annual ILJ Symposium, which takes place every Spring semester.

For more information about opportunities in the different parts of the journal, please feel free to contact