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

The journals also sponsor a competition for second-year students during Fall quarter. Each journal accepts submissions through a different process. Information about the second-year competition, including what is required to apply and the due date, is released at the beginning of Fall quarter. See below for further information about the second-year student write-on competition process for each journal. Please direct any general questions about the competition to uwlaw.landerswriteon@gmail.com.

Washington International Law Journal

Applicants are expected to 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. Please contact winlj@uw.edu for more information.

Washington Journal of Law, Technology, & Arts

Applicants are expected to submit a cover letter, resume, and a piece of original scholarship that meaningfully contributes to legal discourse within the technology or arts fields. Please contact WJLTA's Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors-in-Chief for more information.

Washington Law Review

Interested students are expected to submit pieces of original scholarship that meaningfully contribute to legal discourse. Applicants must also submit a personal statement responsive to the specific year's prompt. That prompt is released with the rest of the Winter Write-On information during Fall quarter. You can find information about WLR's process and the rules once they are released on the WLR website. Please contact editor@washlrev.org for more information.

Washington Journal of Social & Environmental Justice

Interested students are expected to submit pieces of original writing and a cover letter of interest. Please contact WJELP@uw.edu for more information.

 

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