Frequently Asked Questions About Law Review Membership
What is Law Review?
Law Review is a student-edited journal that publishes articles of legal interest submitted by scholars, practicing attorneys, members of the judiciary, and students. It is published three times each year, in either general or symposium format. General editions may include a variety of topics. Symposium editions are focused on a single theme and may include a live symposium with speakers and panel discussions.
First-year members have the opportunity to write an article for potential publication and assist in the technical editing process for articles selected for publication. Second-year editors contribute to Law Review in the many roles that it takes to produce the journal, from author solicitation to reviewing the final product.
What are the eligibility requirements for seeking a placement on Law Review?
To be eligible for membership, you must be either a first-year day or second-year night student, having completed and passed the core class curriculum (Contracts I and II, Property I and II, Civil Procedure I, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law I, Legal Research and Writing I and II, and Torts) by the end of Summer Semester. Also, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher in core courses completed by the end of Spring Semester to be considered.
What are the criteria for membership selection?
Decisions are based solely on your membership selection score, which is comprised of two factors. One factor is your grade point average, with only the core curriculum considered in this average.
The second component of your membership selection score is the numerical value given to your work product in the writing competition. The writing competition is just what it implies -- your opportunity to showcase your talent as a legal analyst and scholar. The writing competition will be held at the conclusion of final exams. More specifically, before the conclusion of exams, but preferably after your last exam, you must log on to TWEN to sign up for the writing competition. All required materials will be provided online, and no additional research is required or permitted. You will be equipped with a comprehensive explanation of Law Review expectations for your work product, along with a host of primary and/or secondary research materials.
Once you have downloaded competition materials, you will have exactly ten days to complete your work product and turn it in to the Law Review Suite. Late submissions will NOT be considered. Therefore, plan accordingly in light of your final exam schedule.
Can I become an Associate Member anytime during Law School?
Once a student completes the core courses specified above, he/she becomes eligible for Associate Member status. The writing competition immediately following completion of the eligibility requirements provides the only opportunity to participate. Consider these examples. If you complete your core courses by the end of this summer, you must seek Associate Member status this Spring. If you complete your core courses next fall, you must seek Associate Member status in the following Spring. Failure to seek Associate Member status at the first opportunity immediately subsequent to completing your core courses will result in forfeiture of an opportunity to participate on Law Review.
What are the benefits of participating on Law Review?
Law Review members benefit in many ways through their membership on Law Review. Some of the most recognized benefits are:
Enhancement of Research and Writing Skills
The rigor of your experience will require you to cultivate many of those skills that are vital to being a lawyer. A great deal of your legal career will involve a substantial amount of legal research and writing. Often, post-graduation life presents very few opportunities to develop these skills with quality guidance. In Law Review, upper level students and faculty provide constructive feedback that is instrumental in taking your writing to the next level.
Law Review is arguably the premier law school organization at law schools across the country. Because employers know the skills that are acquired through the experience, many of them consider participation on Law Review an important component in assessing a student’s potential. Law Review members also have an advantage when applying for judicial clerkships. In essence, Law Review expands your career opportunities. It is one of the few things that will remain on your resume throughout your entire career.
Fulfillment of Graduation Requirements
Successfully completing your associate member responsibilities enables you to receive two hours of course credit and two research writing credits.
What are the duties of an Associate Member?
The duties of an Associate Member include the following:
This is the most creative and rewarding aspect of Law Review. Each Associate Member writes on a legal topic of their choice. The process is supervised by a faculty advisor and current Law Review Board 36 editors. The best student articles are published in future Law Review Volumes. The process is exhaustive and demanding but will transform most into much better legal writers and will enable Associate Members to have an in-depth understanding of the legal writing process. One’s technical and substantive abilities will be greatly enhanced. Indeed, the sense of accomplishment and breadth of knowledge that an Associate Member gains from the experience is incalculable.
Writing for Law Review
Associate Members are required to enroll in the 1 credit "Writing for Law Review" course. It is taught by Professor Hopperton and gives students a comprehensive overview of the legal writing process. The course is graded pass/fail, and completion of it is required.
Throughout the fall and spring semesters, cite checking assignments are assigned to Associate Members. It really is not as bad as it may seem. Associate Members will be assigned "x" amount of cites from an article that will be published in a future Law Review Volume. The assigned cites are to be checked for technical and substantive accuracy. Along with the student article, this is a core responsibility of Associate Members.
A maximum of one hour a week will be spent in what is often cite checking, but which also may include odd jobs required by the Law Review, such as copying materials or returning library books.
Meetings and Representing Law Review at Various Functions
There will be a small number of mandatory Law Review meetings to attend throughout the semester. Most of these are informational and include an orientation meeting, cite checking workshop, and other various meetings. In addition, Law Review will hold symposiums and the Law School will hold forums at which attendance may be mandatory.
Miscellaneous Duties as Required
According to Law Review bylaws, the Executive Board may ask Associate Members to participate in other activities. These activities may be great learning experiences or opportunities for networking. For example, Law Review members have been asked to participate in faculty interviews or to serve as ushers for important events.
In conclusion, Associate Member duties are quite extensive, yet very rewarding. Most of an Associate Member’s time will be spent writing the student article with cite checking a distant second. The other duties are much less time consuming. In addition, the bulk of the duties are in the fall semester.
What if I have more questions or concerns?
Feel free to contact the Law Review office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.