Journal Membership

Students at the University of Washington School of Law have the opportunity to join one of the four student journals upon completion of their first year of law school or during the fall or winter quarter of their second year. Membership is competitive and based on academic performance and writing competency. Candidates for membership serve on a journal for two academic years. In their first year, candidates edit and review material for publication, and also write a full-length piece of legal scholarship. In their second year, candidates serve as either an editor or as a member of the journal's Editorial Board.

Melissa S. Landers Write-On Competition

First-year students and transfer applicants interested in joining a journal must participate in the Melissa S. Landers Write-On competition (site is UW NetID-protected). The competition includes a writing component and a personal statement.

The journals select new members from the write-on competition, with service to a journal beginning the summer before the second year of law school. First-year students receive invitations based on a combination of their first-year grades, the quality of their write-on submission, and their personal statement. Transfer students receive invitations based on a combination of the quality of their write-on submission and their personal statement.

Second-Year Student Write-On Timelines

The journals also sponsor a competition for second-year students during the fall and winter quarters. Each journal accepts submissions through a different process. Please read below for further information about the second-year student write-on competition process for each journal.

WJLTA and WJELP accept applications during Fall Quarter, please see below.

WINLAW, WLR, and WJELP collaboratively consider applications submitted anonymously in January for the Marian Gould Gallagher Second-Year Student Writing Competition. To submit your material for WLR, WINLAW, and/or WJELP, email your applications to Academic Services by January 27, 5pm PST. See below for specific instructions for submitting your material.

  • Washington International Law Journal

    Interested students should submit an original piece of scholarship that analyzes a specific area of law or policy in which there have been recent and significant changes, or in which an important issue remains unresolved. Papers submitted in the write-on competition preferably address issues of international, foreign, or comparative law. Candidates are selected based on the quality of the manuscript submitted.

    In addition to accepting student manuscripts, WINLJ accepts applications for its translation department. Students may apply to be translation members on the journal by submitting an original translation of a foreign law or agency regulation enacted within the past twelve months. Translations can be of any length, but we suggest a length of between five and twenty pages. Submissions are welcome beginning January 18, and due by January 27, 5pm PST. Please read the official rules before applying.


  • Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

    Interested students may apply directly to WJLTA throughout fall quarter. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and a piece of original scholarship that meaningfully contributes to legal discourse within the technology or arts fields. Please read the official rules before applying.


  • Washington Law Review
    Interested students submit pieces of original scholarship that meaningfully contribute to legal discourse. WLR typically extends invitations to one second-year student, based on the quality of the manuscript he or she submits. Please read the official rules before applying. Submissions are welcome beginning January 18, and due by January 27, 5pm PST.

  • Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy

    Interested students may apply directly to WJELP throughout Fall Quarter. Students submit pieces of original writing and a cover letter of interest. Applications are reviewed and qualifying applicants are then invited to interview. Please read the official rules before applying. Applicants are invited to contact WJELP@uw.edu to apply anytime between September 1 and December 31.

    WJELP also participates in the January competition with WLR and WINLAW. Applicants may submit their writing sample and cover letter for consideration by WJELP. Again, please read the official rules before applying and see below for information on submitting to the January Write-On.

    2015-2016 Marian Gould Gallagher Second-Year Student Writing Competition Information:

    To participate in the January competition held by WLR, WINLAW, and WJELP, students must email their Write-On materials to Academic Services (mylaw@uw.edu) by January 27, 2016, 5pm PST.

    • Students must send one email for each journal they wish to be considered by.
    • The subject of the email must read: “[JOURNAL NAME] Write-On Submission”
    • Each email should include the materials, as word doc files, required by the respective journal. See the rules for the Write-On for each journal above.

 

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