The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics (GJLE) was founded in 1987 by Father Robert Drinan. Before joining the faculty of Georgetown Law, Father Drinan served in the U.S. House of Representatives. He dedicated his career to human rights and to the elevation of the stature of legal ethics as a discipline and in practice.

The ethical questions facing the profession are as complex and fascinating as ever. Recent topics of discussion include race and equal access to the justice system, specialized codes of ethics for specific practice areas, and the incorporation of new technologies into the practice of law.

GJLE is also proud of its enduring commitment to public service and social justice. The Journal honors Father Drinan’s vision to provide a forum to discuss the integrity of the legal profession. We maintain his belief that lawyers should play a special role in promoting justice and equality. As law students, we can work to further these goals.

If you are a 1L or transfer student interested in joining GJLE, we strongly recommend that you enroll in an upper-level writing course and a professional responsibility course for the 2L fall semester. This will make your note-writing process as smooth as possible.

Letter from the Editor in Chief, Volume XXXV, Anashua Dutta

GJLE is America’s leading ethics journal. As the second most-cited journal at Georgetown, GJLE is also in the top 100 journals nationally, and is one of the nation’s most-cited student-run specialty journals. Our scholarship is motivated by the question: what does the legal profession owe not only to its clients, but to society? As the legal profession is confronted with crucial issues of racial injustice, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the integrity of our democratic institutions, GJLE’s mission has never been more important or timely.

All GJLE members write original notes that are published at the end of their 2L/2E year, provided the notes meet the journal’s quality requirements. Members choose their own topics and receive feedback from editors and mentors. Members may find it easiest to enroll in a seminar course for the fall semester, which will allow them to simultaneously fulfill their upper-level writing and note requirements. Since GJLE is one of the most generalist journals on campus, our members have written about everything from the need to hold State Department lawyers to higher ethical standards regarding their duty to provide candid advice to the U.S. government about complicity in war crimes, to the effect of the O.J. Simpson Strategy on the jury selection process, to the impact of artificial intelligence on the legal field. You can find our most recent issue of student published notes here and descriptions of student notes to be published in future volumes here. We are proud that our journal provides this unique opportunity for all our members to be published authors in their second year of law school.


GJLE is also proud of its enduring commitment to public service and social justice. When the late Father Robert Drinan founded the journal, after his career as a congressman and human rights advocate, he wrote, “No journal has been established as the central forum for the discussion and development of the ethical and professional dilemmas confronting the lawyers of America . . . . [GJLE] hopes to be that forum.” We maintain his belief that lawyers should play a special role in promoting justice and equality and that we, as law students, can work to further these goals. As a result, GJLE is actively involved in community service in the D.C. community. We are planning on making 2021 a breakout year for our journal’s engagement and leadership on legal ethics issues.


If you have any questions about GJLE prior to Write On, please feel free to contact me at Once the Competition starts, please contact with any questions. We hope to welcome you to the legal ethics team in the fall.