The Virginia Journal of Law and Technology
(VJOLT) is a student-run publication of the University of Virginia School
of Law. It is one of the Law School's newest, and most dynamic, journals.
VJOLT was established in 1996 by students who sought to enhance the focus
at the Law School on issues arising from the intersection of law and technology.
An interested and energetic group of students founded VJOLT, and Virginia
thus joined the ranks of Harvard, Boalt Hall, Columbia, and other top law
schools with technology journals.
The Journal publishes its issues exclusively online at
www.vjolt.net and is indexed on Lexis and Westlaw. This arrangement provides
VJOLT with greater worldwide exposure, lower cost, and the ability to publish
in a more timely fashion than most print journals. The articles published
in VJOLT examine legal issues arising as the result of innovative technological
change. Recent topics have included the Internet's effect on the practice
of law; genetically modified foods in the developing world; the regulation
of online hate speech; privacy issues relating to personal information,
genetic data, and face recognition technology; and ownership controls in
the new entertainment economy. Recent articles have incorporated aspects
of communications law, employment law, civil procedure, electronic commerce,
evidence, and antitrust. The Journal's topical scope is as broad as society
itself, for the ripple effects of technology's evolution can be felt in
every area of law, regulation and politics. The issues that arise are truly
cutting-edge and comprise many of the growth areas in professional practice
and academic scholarship today.
Current members have backgrounds in areas such as English
literature, engineering, philosophy, physics, and political science, and
career interests ranging from intellectual property to civil liberties to
corporate transactions. Membership in the Journal is determined by the Unified
Journal Tryout conducted during the spring semester of the students' first
year in law school. The Law School's eight law journals jointly administer
the tryout process, which involves both writing and editing components.
New members begin their involvement with the Journal by completing cite-checks
of the manuscripts that the Journal publishes, starting with the production
of the summer issue. The majority of the cite-check process is handled electronically
through the use of Lexis, Westlaw, and e-mail. As 2Ls, Journal members apply
during the spring semester for positions on the Managing Board; they then
hold those positions through their third year at the Law School.
If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to
any of the current managing board and editorial board members, or e-mail
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.