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Membership Selection

Law Review membership is first and foremost a commitment to advancing the theory and practice of the law. It is a great privilege that connects students with past, present, and future members for years to come, as well as an endeavor demanding of time, energy, and mental acuity. The skills and networking opportunities members establish serve them well regardless of the practice area or profession they ultimately enter. Additionally, the opportunity to publish one’s research in the form of a student comment is unparalleled in the law school experience.

Each Spring, the Law Review holds a write-on competition to select new members. The write-on competition is highly competitive, and of all applicants, offers are extended to approximately twenty-four students who have completed their first year of law school.

The application process is anonymous, and offers are extended based on a combination of the student’s quality of writing, grades, and citation formatting. From this pool of applicants emerges a diverse membership, comprised of individuals with a variety of professional, educational, and social backgrounds who stand ready to make meaningful and unique contributions to the law school’s oldest academic journal. Members benefit and develop as young lawyers by honing their writing, editing, and analytical thinking skills, as well as through their interactions with their peers and authors throughout the editorial process.

Please read through the Law Review Constitution and Membership Requirements to answer any questions you may have. Of course, also feel free to e-mail any member, or simply stop by the Law Review office in the Journal Suite.

Effective June 2018, the Law Review's selection process will be as follows:

  1. Candidates with the top 5 GPAs (i.e., including both full-time and part-time students) will be offered membership, assuming good-faith participation in the write-on competition.
  2. Candidates whose submissions earned the 8 highest scores in the write-on competition will be offered membership, provided those candidates have qualifying GPAs (i.e., 3.00 or above for rising 2Ls and 3LEs; 3.500 or above for rising 3Ls and 4LEs).
  3. The remaining positions will be filled by starting with the 6th-highest GPA and continuing down the GPA list, accepting any submission with a writing score that ranks in the top 2/3 of all submissions. The Law Review may, in its discretion, accept up to 37 new members.