What is the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
The Law Review is an academic journal that publishes articles written by professors, students and legal experts on various topics.
Who is on the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
The Law Review is composed of three groups: the editorial board, senior staff members, and associate staff members. If a student is selected for membership on the Law Review, they are inducted as an associate staff member. In order to become a senior staff member, the associate staff must complete a series of assignments, including writing a note or comment of publishable quality. Among the senior staff, the outgoing editorial board selects certain senior staff members to serve as members of the incoming editorial board.
What are the positions on the editorial board of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
The editorial board may consist of the Editor-in-Chief, the Executive Editor, the Managing Editor, the Lead Articles Editor, the Research Editor, the Business Editor, Articles Editors, a Symposium Editor and the Digital Content Editor. For each of the Editor’s duties, please consult the constitution and bylaws.
What do Thurgood Marshall Law Review members do?
There are three tasks that Law Review members must accomplish each year: managing the write-on competition, publishing the journal, and conducting symposia based upon topics agreed upon by the editorial board. Editorial board members, senior staff members, and associate staff members aid in assuring that all of these tasks are accomplished by the end of the spring semester of each year.
How can I become a member of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
If you are a student that will be completing your 1L or 2L year at the time the competition begins, you may participate in the write-on competition. The competition is conducted every spring upon the completion of 1L comps. The student must write a casenote based upon a case that is chosen by the editorial board of the Law Review, and the competitor must complete a Bluebook citation exam. The student is also required to attend all trainings and meetings, and follow all instructions as indicated by the Managing Editor. Based upon a combination of grades, results from the citation exam, and the quality of the casenote, a student will be chosen for membership as an associate staff member. Membership is extended to the chosen students at the beginning of the following fall semester. For more detailed information, please consult the constitution and bylaws.
If I choose not to join after my 1L year, can I wait and join later?
The Law Review allows membership for 2L applicants. For more detailed information, please consult the constitution and bylaws.
If I’m in the top 5% of my class, do I automatically become a member of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
While other schools may allow for automatic membership based on grades, the Law Review may accept a Grade-On candidate in the top 5%, if the candidate performs adequately enough on a citation exam. For more detailed information, please consult the constitution and bylaws.
If I’m not one of the top students in my class, is there any hope for me to become a member of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
Although our staff is composed of some of the best and brightest students in the school, grades alone will not determine your membership. While grades will increase your chances of becoming a member, the bulk of your membership is based upon your ability to write a casenote of publishable quality during the competition.
If I transfer in or out of the law school, may I obtain or retain my membership on the Law Review?
Thurgood Marshall Law Review does not allow transfer students to participate in the Write-On competition at this time. Likewise, should membership be extended to you, but you transfer to another law school, your membership is revoked.
Why would I want to be on the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
Becoming a member of the Law Review is a prestigious accomplishment. Every law school has a law review or a law journal. However, only a small percentage of law students are chosen as staff members. Also, many firms prefer students who are members of a law review or journal because of the higher level of research and writing skills members come to possess. While becoming a member of Law Review does not guarantee that you will get a job, it is an excellent resume booster.