Intellectual Property Law Journal Membership 

The Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal provides students with hands-on experience in research, writing, and substantive and technical editing skills that are key to success in the legal field. Not only do members greatly increase their skills by thoroughly editing submitted articles, but they can also research, write, and publish their own case survey, a brief summary of a recent, groundbreaking intellectual property or technology case.

In addition, the Journal exposes editors and staff to a wide range of legal issues while developing their interpersonal and collaborative skills in a legal context. Employers look favorably on candidates with Journal experience as it shows a grasp of the nuances in complex legal matters, the ability to write concise, synthesized pieces for varied audiences in a deadline-driven environment, and the opportunity to showcase published work.

Editing and Publication Process

All articles are subjected to a rigorous editorial process in order to strengthen their substance, polish their tone, and ensure citation accuracy. The Board of Editors makes all editorial and organizational decisions.

Citations in the Journal conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015). The Bluebook is available in its entirety online at www.legalbluebook.com. The Journal also conforms to grammar and stylistic rules according to The Chicago Manual of Style. The Journal is printed by Joe Christensen, Inc., in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Archived PDFs of articles and surveys can be found by volume number on our website.

USF Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal Membership

Volume 21 (2016-2017) staff includes:

  • 6 senior staff
  • 16 board members
  • 22 staff, comprised of 2Ls and 3Ls

Unit Requirements

Executive Board and Senior Staff members in their final year of law school will earn two credits each semester. Journal articles and surveys editors, the technical editor, online editor, and staff members do not earn credit.

Board members are expected to attend all training sessions, sponsored events and office hours as requested.

Board Member Application Process

Applications for editorial board and staff membership to the Journal will be available during the spring semester. You must be in good academic standing to apply.

To apply, you will be required to submit any of the following: resume, statement of interest, writing sample, and a technical assessment. Each applicant for editorial board positions will be contacted to arrange an interview.

Selection is based upon weighing each part of the application process, including substantive performance from previous experience on the Journal.

1L Application Process

1Ls will be able to apply for membership on the Journal during their spring semester. You must be in good academic standing at the end of your first year to apply. (Note: Your class standing can change considerably between the fall and spring).

To apply, you will be required to submit any of the following: resume, statement of interest, writing sample, and a technical assessment. Selection is based upon weighing each piece of the application process.

Please contact the current Editor-in-Chief or usf.iplb@gmail.com for more information.