Welcome HLS Transfer Students!

Congratulations on transferring to Harvard Law School! We have begun receiving emails from transfer students asking how to get involved with the Harvard Environmental Law Review, so it must be that time of year again. Here is a quick overview of what HELR has to offer and how you can get involved:


HELR is the number-one environmental law journal in the country, staffed completely by HLS students. We publish once per semester on a broad range of topics related to environmental law, including administrative law, climate change, food law and policy, land use, air, toxic substances control, water, energy, natural resources, and environmental justice. HELR Staff manage all aspects of the publication process, from reviewing submissions to preparing articles for publication. In their work for HELR, students gain exposure to cutting-edge scholarship, develop technical editing skills, and take on leadership roles. In addition, Staff enjoy unrivaled writing opportunities: each HELR issue features student comments on recent important cases and longer student notes. Staff may also publish shorter pieces on the HELR online journal and blog. Finally, HELR members connect with a deep community that begins at HLS and spans the global legal profession. Staff enjoy happy hours, potlucks, discussion groups, and unparalleled access to Harvard’s preeminent environmental and food law faculty.


There are many opportunities to get involved with HELR, both as an editor and an author. To begin, we hope you’ll join our staff as a SubciterLine Editor, or Technical Editor this Fall. In addition to a staff position, interested students can (1) join our Submissions Board and review incoming pieces or (2) author HELR blog posts.

We encourage new transfer students to sign up for a position on the journal this coming semester and email us at hlselr [at mail.law.harvard.edu] to be added to our listserv. If you are interested in being a Technical Editor, please include information about your prior journal experience or, if you have none, your relevant classes, clinics, or other experience. We are always happy to field questions about classes, clinics, jobs, or anything else before you get to campus, and we look forward to meeting you in September!


The Volume 40 HELR Board

Brenden Cline & Rachel Kenigsberg

Daniel Carpenter-Gold, Olivia Bensinger, & Robin Smith
Managing Editors