The write-on competition for membership on Georgetown’s law journals will run from May 18-29, 2012. The Office of Journal Administration will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Hart Auditorium. The editors-in-chief of each journal will be available during the town hall to answer questions about each journal and the competition. The write-on packet will be available for purchase on May 5. The Law Weekly has included a letter after the jump.
American Criminal Law Review
Dear rising second year students,
It is my privilege to introduce you to ACLR as its editor-in-chief elect. ACLR is the nation’s premier criminal law journal and its issues sit on the desk of thousands of prosecutors, litigators, and judges. Whether you want to practice in criminal law, public interest, corporate, litigation, or join the legal academy, ACLR can help you fulfill your goals.
In addition to publishing at least four issues a year, life on ACLR includes:
The Annual Survey of White Collar Crime: Our comprehensive guide to yearly developments is the definitive reference work in white collar crime. Each staff member has the opportunity to update and revise the Annual Survey, meaning every staff member will have a publication credit in the Annual Survey by the end of next year.
50th Anniversary Symposium: To celebrate ACLR’s 50th Anniversary in 2012, we will host the largest symposium in the journal’s history. It is a forum for discussion of cutting edge legal developments by some of the law’s brightest legal minds and a homecoming for ACLR’s thousands of talented alumni. Being part of the 50th Anniversary symposium is an unparalleled educational and networking event.
Directed Note Program (DNP): Several staff members will be selected to work with 3L advisors on their scholarly notes, and they are guaranteed publication in Volume 50. Participants in this program receive substantial support in developing, writing, and editing their notes, giving DNP participants the chance to truly impact the criminal law field of their choice.
Featured Bloggers Program (FBP): Several staff members also have the opportunity to publish constantly on the ACLR blog, engaging with practitioners and professors on a variety of topics. This program allows participants to become thought leaders regarding current events as they happen in real time. FBP participants are assisted by 3L advisors.
Leadership Experience: The ACLR is entirely student run and among the most prestigious and well-respected journals in the United States. ACLR staff members are exposed to a broad array of legal scholarship and gain practical writing and management skills recognized by legal employers everywhere. Social events and training sessions make ACLR a true community of like-minded and supportive students, working together toward a worthy goal.
You must rank ACLR first or second in order to be considered for selection. We value the write-on scores (55%) slightly more than academic performance (45%). If you have any questions, please contact me, and I look forward to welcoming you to ACLR this fall.
Best of luck and best regards,
Editor-in-Chief, ACLR Volume 50
Georgetown Immigration LawJournal
Dear first-year students:
Thank you for your interest in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (GILJ). Our journal is the only student-edited journal in the country devoted to immigration and international migration, and we’d love to have you join our team!
The journal addresses issues in immigration, human rights, national security, international, labor, constitutional, criminal, and administrative law. Commonly discussed in media and frequently debated in legal circles, immigration is unexpectedly complex and offers a fascinating study of present and future global concerns. Our nation’s leaders constantly reevaluate immigration programs and policies, making this field dynamic and increasing the journal’s relevance.
Importantly, an interest in pursuing a career in immigration or human rights law is not at all necessary to be on the journal. Please note that applicants to GILJ must include a resume, but a statement of interest in the journal—while potentially providing a boost to those applicants who illustrate enthusiasm for the journal and its topics—is optional.
The number one thing we value here at the GILJ is your time, and we strive to make the entire journal experience respectful of the fact that you have other lives and commitments. As such, we have no office hours. Further, unlike some journals, you do not have to rank GILJ first on your Write-On application for us to consider you. Additionally, almost all of our work is done electronically, so the journal is excellent for day and night students alike. In addition to getting terrific Bluebook experience and a snazzy line on your resume, you can look forward to scholarly and networking events that take advantage of our location here in D.C. We also want the journal experience to be a fun one, so we are planning social events throughout the year to allow you to meet the diverse group of 2Ls and 3Ls that make up the GILJ.
As a member of the journal, you will have two opportunities to become a published author. All members write a student note during their first year on the journal and have the option of seeking publication of that note. Student notes must generally be about a topic covered by the journal, but within that broad sphere, your choice of topics is endless. For example, if you are interested in human rights, you may choose to write about potential alternatives to refugee camps in first countries of asylum; if you are interested in tax law, you may choose to write about whether the tax code should encourage companies to hire immigrants. Regardless of your interests, our student note editors and faculty advisor are here to help you choose a topic and guide you through the process to publication. Many of our members are able to use the papers they write for their Georgetown Writing Requirement (WR) classes as their notes. This is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.
Members may also choose to write current-development articles for publication. Each issue, the journal publishes student-written articles about current developments in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. When appropriate, articles about international current developments are also included.
Please do not hesitate to contact me about the GILJ or the write-on process in general. I look forward to welcoming you to the GILJ team!
Joe Darrow, Editor-in-Chief, 2012-2013
Georgetown International Environmental Law Review
Dear first-year students,
As you begin thinking about the 2012 Write-On competition, I encourage you to consider joining the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Our journal offers members an opportunity to hone their editing and writing skills and to take valuable steps toward future employment in a variety of legal fields. Our membership comes from a variety of backgrounds, reflecting the diverse impact of environmental law.
GIELR is a leading journal in environmental law. We publish articles on a wide variety of topics, including climate change, endangered species, water rights, energy, environmental ethics, and land use law. Because of the extraordinary breadth of environmental law, GIELR publishes articles with both domestic and international focuses. As a result, members build knowledge bases that are applicable to both private and public sector jobs.
All GIELR members write student notes. Our Writing Editors will work with you to plan your note, which is due at the end of your second year. The Directed Note program features two first-year staff members who write notes under the guidance of Writing Editors. Participation in the Directed Note program guarantees publication in the journal. Student notes are a great opportunity to further hone legal research and writing skills, and make for excellent writing samples for potential future employers.
First-year staff members edit articles, collect sources and edit citations, and conduct preemption checks. Second-year editors provide regular feedback to first-year staff members, allowing them to improve their editing and research skills. As second-year members, you will select and edit articles, learn about the process of scholarly publication, and manage the GIELR staff. These editing and leadership responsibilities provide benefits in all legal fields.
GIELR has a flexible office hours policy, whereby members sign up for time to do work rather than spending time in the office. Members may complete office hours by drafting short articles for the GIELR blog or by assisting second-year editors with other tasks. The blog offers another way for members to receive exposure for their writing.
In selecting members, GIELR considers first-year grades and the Write-On score, which count for 45% and 55% of the selection criteria respectively. If you have any questions about the journal, please do not hesitate to send me an email. I wish you the best of luck on Write-On and with the rest of your first year.
Daniel Honberg, Editor-in-Chief, Vol. XXV
Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law
The mission of The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law is to explore the impact of gender, sexuality, and race on both the theory and practice of law. We publish scholarship that explores current problems and controversies in the law by examining them in this context, especially where issues of gender, sexuality, and race intersect. The Gender Journal seeks to complement the critical work being done by existing journals by expanding inquiries into the intersection between gender, sexuality, and race. We are one of the only legal journals in the world to explicitly address these intersections.
Our journal’s three annual publications integrate cutting-edge legal scholarship and practical applications. Our most unique publication is the student-authored Annual Review of Gender and the Law—the nation’s only comprehensive guide to legal issues relating to gender and sexuality. The Annual Review serves as an indispensable tool for practitioners judges, advocacy organizations, and scholars as it informs readers of existing law and highlights recent changes.
Learn About A Dynamic Legal Field: Legal scholarship on gender, sexuality, and race encompasses a broad range of exciting and dynamic areas of law, including constitutional, family, criminal, education, employment, health, and more. We are proud to have brought Vice President Joe Biden to campus on April 22, 2009, for our symposium on the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act and are in the process of planning next year’s symposium marking the 25th anniversary of the historic case, Gay Rights Coalition of Georgetown Law Center v. Georgetown University.
Publish A Student Article: Each 2L staff member will be responsible for writing and/or editing and updating an article in the Annual Review. As a result, the Gender Journal is one of the only publications at Georgetown to guarantee its members the opportunity to publish legal articles in their second year of law school. Additionally, a handful of students are selected to publish student notes. Because issues of gender, sexuality, and race have implications for many areas of the law, students have considerable freedom to focus their notes on the disciplines of their choosing.
Hone Your Research And Writing Skills: Our journal is committed to helping individual members refine their legal skills through substantive research, writing, and editing projects. 2L staff members do much more than simply edit, cite-check, and verify sources. Our staff members substantially revise and update Annual Review articles during the fall semester and begin work on original student notes during the spring semester, working closely with the 3L members of the Journal and receiving substantive feedback on their work.
Work Hard And Have Fun: the members of the Gender Journal are a fun, diverse, and passionate group of women and men of varied political persuasions, experiences, and career goals. We encourage mentorship between 3L and 2L members and offer ample leadership opportunities. Additionally, we enjoy hosting events for the broader law school community, such as our upcoming Symposium in Spring 2013, and holding social events for our members.
Our journal seeks to maintain a diverse staff that shares the Gender Journal’s mission and wishes to participate in the Journal’s rigorous academic program. Admission to the Journal is based equally on a combination of grades (50%) and the write on score (50%). Because we do not require a personal statement, we strongly encourage interested participants to preference the Gender Journal near the top of your rankings.
The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law is one of the most exciting opportunities at the Law Center. We encourage you to join our staff.
Editor-in-Chief, Volume XIV
The Georgetown Journal of International Law
Dear first-year students,
Congratulations on completing your first year of law school! As your thoughts turn to your second year, we at the Georgetown Journal of International Law (GJIL) hope you will apply to join us. Founded in 1969, GJIL is the second oldest law journal at Georgetown and has grown from its roots as the Georgetown Journal of Law and Policy in International Business into one of the nation’s top journals in the diverse field of general international law.
GJIL is an excellent for anyone interested in developing deeper knowledge about specific aspects of international law or in expanding his or her understanding more generally. We emphasize broad-ranging contemporary issues in the area of international, human rights, public international law, and international security, and any other relevant international subjects. We are committed to publishing diverse content that is relevant to legal practitioners and professors. For example, GJIL publishes an annual Trade Issue in cooperation with the Court of International Trade, while our 2012 Symposium focused on the Alien Tort Statute.
Joining GJIL will make you a part of an incredible and talented community of people. Many members of the journal speak multiple languages, have lived and worked overseas, and will practice international law upon graduation. While working with next year’s editors, I am consistently impressed not only by their varied backgrounds but also by their enthusiasm for GJIL and the topics we cover.
Next year, we will continue to shape the journal as a tool for furthering our understanding of developing issues in international law, while also strengthening our internal networking as well as our connections with Georgetown Law alumni and area practitioners.
Our core aim at GJIL is to give all members the most valuable and enjoyable journal experience possible. For example, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the direction of future issues and work closely with 3Ls on article selection, substantive editing, solicitations, and other big picture tasks. In addition, members can seek to publish a note that may make a meaningful contribution to international law scholarship.
Each GJIL member must submit a note, but publication is not required or guaranteed. GJIL’s Notes Team provides students with the flexibility, time, and guidance to thoughtfully complete the note requirements during or before their second year on the journal. The Notes Team strives to publish GJIL members and will work closely with all students to shape student notes to publishable quality.
Selection for GJIL is based on a combination of grades (50%) and the Write-On competition score (50%). We only accept applicants who rank GJIL first or second. Please feel free to contact me via email at email@example.com if you have any questions. We wish you the best of luck on exams and the Write-On competition. Enjoy the summer!
Editor-in-Chief, Volume 44
Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race
We are Georgetown’s newest law journal and one of the few law journals in the country dedicated to legal scholarship on race, ethnicity, and identity. We were founded in 2007 by a driven group of students who were inspired by their experiences with critical race theorists at Georgetown. These students viewed the establishment of a race and identity law journal as a meaningful contribution to Georgetown Law, as well as the larger legal community.
MCRP is grounded in critical race theory and takes an interdisciplinary perspective on law and policy. Critical race theory examines race and identity with the goal of addressing and transforming the historically subordinate relationships that have defined race in America. Founders of this field include Georgetown Professors Mari Matsuda, Charles Lawrence and Gary Peller. MCRP is a scholarly forum for academics and professionals who are committed to racial justice, civil rights, and civil liberties and provides a platform for critical race theorists to discuss the unique challenges facing society in our postmodern age. In the past year, we have published on a wide range of topics, from race-based medical treatment to criminal prosecutions of Asian American gangs in California to the impact of the “The Wire” on popular culture.
Our journal strives to include the perspectives of our members throughout in the decision-making process. We have a culture of open communication between board members and staff, and our leadership acknowledges that students have other priorities in addition to journal. Many of our staff members are in clinics, hold externships, and have full or part-time jobs. Our staff possesses a camaraderie that comes from a shared sense of purpose. We provide a rigorous editorial experience for our members who benefit from discussing interesting (and oftentimes challenging) topics. As a staff editor, you will play an integral role in the organization and will learn from some of the brightest legal academics in not only critical race, but from scholars in other disciplines (law and economics, critical legal studies etc.) who regularly choose to submit to our journal.
As a journal, we provide unique opportunities for student leadership and community activism. By design, MCRP is a relatively small but highly dedicated and motivated organization. We organize group volunteer
activities with local non-profits in Washington, D.C., and hope to build strong lifelong bonds among our
members. Staff editors have ample opportunity to take on leadership positions, and we strive to assign all members to articles of their choosing. We are also committed to the publication of student work and require journal members to write a student note, which will potentially be published. Additionally, we solicit short (500 word) reaction pieces from our staff members and publish them in our journal, increasing the opportunity to get published while in law school. Student authors are mentored by our
senior staff and are given a vital introduction to the published scholarship process.
In applying to enter our journal, we rely on a combination of factors, including the case comment, bluebook test, and grades. We encourage students of diverse backgrounds and life experience to apply. If you have any questions regarding the journal or membership, please feel free to email me.
Mercedes C. Morno
Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy
The Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (GJLPP) is one of four law journals in the country dedicated to championing and critiquing conservative, libertarian, and natural law perspectives on law and policy. Because our journal focuses not on a particular topic but on a way of thinking, journal members are exposed a nearly endless array of subject matter. For example, our most recent issue contains articles and notes on topics as varied as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Affordable Care Act, Citizens United and the original understanding of corporations, redistricting, voting rights, the Guaranty Clause, natural law and patent rights, due process and drug testing, and Dodd-Frank and the effects of financial regulation. Furthermore, thanks to our unique ideological focus and location in Washington, D.C., we are able to publish work from top legal scholars and high-profile authors such as Ted Olson, Kenneth Starr, Richard Posner, Ed Meese, Michael Chertoff, Douglas Ginsburg, and Senators Bill Frist and
GJLPP is a relatively young journal, and as we celebrate our tenth anniversary this year we take pride that our influence continues to grow. Our journal was cited by Justice Scalia in District of Columbia v. Heller, by Justice Thomas in Northwest Austin Utility District v. Holder, by the lead attorney for the appellant in McDonald v. Chicago, and by the Seventh Circuit in Ezell v. City of Chicago. We have also been cited by state supreme courts, federal district courts, and numerous law reviews.
If you have a particular interest in conservative, libertarian, or natural law scholarship, we hope that you will preference GJLPP at the top of your list. Even if you do not consider yourself a proponent of conservative, libertarian, or natural law theory, we still encourage you to consider our journal, as we gladly welcome students whose ideas span the political and ideological spectrum. At the end of the day, we are concerned with publishing top rate material from notable authors and outstanding students. GJLPP makes an extra effort to publish as many student notes as possible, and our editors will provide guidance and feedback during topic selection and note drafting to increase the chance of publication. The journal will also provide social and educational opportunities to ensure a rewarding journal experience.
In evaluating write-on candidates, we consider academic achievement and write-on scores in equal proportion (50/50). We do not require a résumé or personal statement. Because of the strong interest in our journal in recent years, you must preference GJLPP within your top two or three choices.
Editor-in-Chief, Vol. 11
Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics (GJLE) hopes you will consider joining our Volume 26 editorial staff next year.
GJLE is the nation’s leading journal on legal ethics and the future of the legal profession and one of the three most-cited student-run specialty journals in the country. During a moment of rapid change in the profession, the ethical issues confronting lawyers and scholars have never been more complex and relevant; topics of debate range from jurors contacting defendants on MySpace to political interference with law schools’ clinical programs.
As a member of GJLE, you will be a published author by the end of your 2L/3E year, which makes us unique among Georgetown’s journals. You will choose your own topic, write an original note, workshop it with the help of our editors, and have offprints of your published work in hand as you app summer. Like most things worth doing, it is challenging but enormously gratifying to write a printable note. Our editorial board is committed to making the authorship and publication process as collaborative and intellectually rewarding as possible.
GJLE’s success draws heavily on our commitment to the values of public service and social justice. When the late Father Robert Drinan founded the journal in 1987—after his career as a congressman and human rights advocate—he wrote: “[No] journal has been established as the central forum for the discussion and development of the ethical and professional dilemmas confronting the lawyers of America . . The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics hopes to be that forum.” We have worked hard to honor the vision of higher ethical conduct and community service that Father Drinan fostered during his years at the Law Center. We retain his conviction that lawyers work in service of justice, and justice works in service of society.
Historically, we’ve been unable to offer membership to students who rank GJLE lower than third during the Write On competition. Our selection criteria are intended to attract individuals who have strong academic and writing abilities, and who are motivated to contribute to the journal’s continuing success.
If you have any questions about GJLE, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck with exams, and we hope you will join us!
Editor in Chief, Volume XXVI
Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy
Dear journal candidate,
The Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy is the nation’s premier law journal on poverty issues. As part of its mission to bring an end to poverty in the United States and around the world, the journal publishes articles by distinguished law professors, scholars, and practitioners in poverty-related fields. In addition, the journal features student research and narratives of persons living in poverty. The journal’s comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and comparative analysis of poverty issues and law represents a groundbreaking approach to scholarly publication.
In light of the current economic climate, the Journal’s mission is becoming increasingly important as we work collectively to address widening disparities in wealth and class. We believe it is important to pursue distinctive and influential scholarship that revisits once-latent debates about the impact of the legal system on people living in poverty, as well as fresh, new approaches to understanding and reforming the laws and policies that relate to poverty.
Furthermore, while the journal is committed to soliciting and publishing scholarship that livens the debate on poverty, our obligations do not end with the completion of our editorial responsibilities. The journal is also actively involved in meaningful community outreach. Consistent with that mission, the journal works with legal and social service organizations to provide assistance to those in need through community service projects.
Our staff includes members pursuing positions in a variety of legal fields, including the government, non-profits, and law firms. Despite our differing backgrounds, we are all bound together by our shared commitment to fighting poverty. The journal seeks to support the academic and professional growth of our members, both through our mentoring program, which connects new members to experienced staff, and through our writing program, which guides all members through the process of writing a student note on a scholarly topic related to poverty.
I hope you will consider joining the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy next year. Our selection process emphasizes the Write On competition score as well as your resume, personal statement, and grades. Your one-page personal statement should briefly address your interest and/or experience in poverty law and policy. Good luck during the Write On competition, and please do not hesitate to contact me with questions!
Nick Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief, Volume 20
The Georgetown Law Journal
Dear first-year students,
Congratulations on nearing the end of your first year! After finishing exams, I hope that you take a moment to relax and recover—and then devote a full week to the write-on competition. When you rank the journals by preference, I invite you to rank The Georgetown Law Journal first.
The journal, founded in 1912 and celebrating its 101st anniversary next year, is one of the oldest and most prestigious law reviews in the country. Our generalist approach—welcoming high-quality scholarship about any aspect of the law—offers members a unique opportunity to deepen their understanding of diverse legal subjects. Each year, the journal selects for publication approximately
twenty articles from more than 2,000 submissions. This process offers an unparalleled opportunity to
interact with—and critique—the work of the world’s most prominent legal scholars.
In addition to selecting and editing articles, journal members write a scholarly note on any legal topic of their choice. All second-year members also contribute to our secondary publication—Annual Review of Criminal Procedure—that serves as the “practitioner’s bible” for the federal criminal bar.
Students may earn membership on the journal in any of three ways:
- 50% of our new members are accepted solely on the basis of their write-on scores.
- 40 to 50% of our new members are accepted on the basis of a formula that equally weighs write-on scores and grades.
- Up to 10% of our new members are selected solely on the basis of their personal statement, provided that they have reached a certain threshold score on their write-on submission. Every student is encouraged to submit an optional personal statement describing how his or her diverse background will contribute to the membership of the journal.
I invite you to discuss your interest with me or any other member of The Journal, and I hope you will preference The Georgetown Law Journal first—not only for the doors it will open throughout your legal career, but also for the skills you will develop, the first-class scholarship you will publish, and the friends and colleagues with whom you will work over the next two years. I look forward to welcoming many of you into our community as staff members on Volume 101 of The Georgetown Law Journal!
Lala R. Qadir
The Tax Lawyer
The Tax Lawyer is the only student-edited law journal published jointly with the American Bar Association (ABA). Our publication is not only the nation’s premier tax journal; it is also one of the most respected law journals in the country. Each issue reaches more than 20,000 readers—the largest circulation of any student-edited law journal.
While The Tax Lawyer is the only business-centered law journal at Georgetown Law, its readership extends far beyond the corporate world. Because taxation pervades all areas of the law, The Tax Lawyer accommodates an extensive range of scholarship. Our members develop writing and editorial skills that are advantageous in the practice of law or the pursuit of a career in a related cross-disciplinary specialty. Neither knowledge of nor a desire to practice tax law is a prerequisite for membership. Many of our editorial board and staff members had no exposure to tax law prior to joining The Tax Lawyer. Nonetheless, many journal members have appreciated their exposure to the practice of tax law as a building block for understanding other aspects of corporate structure and legal practice.
In short, The Tax Lawyer offers unique opportunities for a broad range of students, including:
Prestige. Membership on The Tax Lawyer is impressive to potential employers, who recognize the significance of our exclusive affiliation with the ABA and the quality of our publication. The Tax Lawyer is popular among not only tax lawyers, but is also read by corporate transactional lawyers, labor lawyers, judges, and many others. Indeed, interviewers often have first-hand experience with our journal, and many are longtime subscribers. It is not uncommon to see copies of The Tax Lawyer on a practitioner’s desk.
Student Publication. The Tax Lawyer prides itself on a strong commitment to publication of student work. Students are paired with an LL.M. mentor, as well as a faculty advisor, to assist the writing process and provide tax expertise.
Publication space allows for up to half of the student notes submitted each year to be published. We have consistently published four issues each year since our first student editorial board took office more than thirty years ago. Our members continue to provide a fresh perspective on a number of cutting-edge tax and tax-related issues.
Social Opportunities and Networking. While most of our present members chose to join The Tax Lawyer because of its national reputation, this advantage constitutes only a part of the journal experience. The Tax Lawyer is also a resource for social interaction, networking, and career advice. We hold fully-funded social events throughout the school year, including an annual Tax Prom and ABA-sponsored networking events, and pride ourselves on having a friendly, open working environment. Journal members are editors, teammates, and friends. In addition, individual practitioners, law firms, and judges often send notices of employment to our office because of our strong reputation and close-knit network of former members.
Leadership. The Tax Lawyer offers outstanding leadership opportunities. Our editors develop invaluable skills that serve them well after graduation, and we offer several different types of advanced editorial opportunities and experiences.
Membership. Our membership selection process is very competitive. If you are considering The Tax Lawyer, our journal must be ranked as one of your top two choices. In considering Write-On candidates, equal weight is given to the Write On score and grades.
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com, or just drop by our office. We hope to see you next year.
Erica B. Richey