Students Writing About the Law

I have been continually impressed with the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology’s Digest (JOLT Digest). The Digest is written in blog format by law students and covers interesting IP and technology related cases. Recent cases of interest include Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick, No. 08–103 (U.S. Mar. 2, 2010) (copyright standing & the registration requirement); Office Depot, Inc. v. Zuccarini, Case No. 07-16788 (9th Cir., Feb. 26, 2010) (in rem jurisdiction over domain names); A comment Citizens United and its Impact on the Internet. Rather than focusing on legal decisions, the Columbia Science & Technology Law Review blog tends to consider the legal side of issues in the news as does the Fordham IP Media & Entertainment Law Blog. The Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review is one of the top IP-focused law journals. The MTTLR blog includes recent posts on cloud computing regulation, biosimilars, music licensing fees, and online dating (Stud or Dud).

Are there other good law-student run resources for keeping track of intellectual property law? [In another post I will write about IP-focused law reviews]

10 thoughts on “Students Writing About the Law

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    The Duke Law & Technology Review (DLTR) discusses patent issues, among other things. From their About page:

    The Duke Law & Technology Review (DLTR) is an online legal publication that focuses on the evolving intersection of law and technology. This area of study draws on a number of legal specialties: intellectual property, business law, free speech and privacy, telecommunications, and criminal law—each of which is undergoing doctrinal and practical changes as a result of new and emerging technologies. DLTR strives to be a “review” in the classic sense of the word. We examine new developments, synthesize them around larger theoretical issues, and critically examine the implications. We also review and consolidate recent cases, proposed bills, and administrative policies.

    DLTR is unique among its sister journals at Duke, and indeed among all law journals. Unlike traditional journals, which focus primarily on lengthy scholarly articles, DLTR focuses on short, direct, and accessible pieces, called issue briefs or “iBriefs.” In fact, the goal of an iBrief is to provide cutting edge legal insight both to lawyers and to non-legal professionals. In addition, DLTR strives to be the first legal publication to address breaking issues. To that end, we publish twice a month during the school year (September until April) and less frequently during the summer.

    You can read DLTR completely online too, at link to

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    The Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) also publishes the “Annual Review of Law and Technology” yearly. The issue consists of entirely student-written content: full articles addressing new developments in the fields of Technology and Intellectual Property, and shorter comments reviewing the latest IP related cases of the year. Recent articles, from volume 24 of the BTLJ can be found at link to

    Also, BTLJ is in the process of launching a new online companion to bring the latest legal developments and scholarship to the public as quickly as possible.

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    The intellectual property students organization at Lewis & Clark Law in Portland, OR regularly writes about IP issues.

    Check out their site: The Oregon Intellectual Property Network at link to

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    The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law (RIPL) is a great IP journal. Their articles can be accessed online at link to and they are in the process of creating a blog.

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