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1. What are the requirements for Law Review?

The write-on competition is available to all 1L students, even those who will be taking coursework in other programs next year (e.g., an MBA program). In addition, the following requirements apply:

  • Satisfactory completion of Bluebook exercise (including those who plan to grade-on)
  • Satisfactory completion of the write-on exercise (only for those who want to write-on)
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least a 3.00 during fall/spring coursework during the 1L year.
  • Final approval by the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Notes Editor after a review of all submitted materials

Failure to satisfy these requirements will disqualify you from consideration. There are no exceptions or extensions for any reason.

2.    When are the important dates that I should remember?

Date Time Event
TBD TBD Bluebooking exercise
TBD 9:00 AM Distribution of the write-on exercise
TBD 5:30 PM Write-on packet due
TBD N/A Offer decisions sent out via email

These dates and deadlines are important. Untimely submissions will not be considered.

3.    What is the Bluebooking exercise, and how much weight is it given in the write-on competition?

The Bluebooking exercise will require students to edit an article checking for form and accuracy (following the 18th edition Bluebook's format for law reviews, not practitioners). It will comprise 25% of the competition's overall scoring, and is important because it closely resembles the tasks that 2L editorial staff undertake. You will receive all necessary materials, but students should bring their Bluebooks. No laptops or other items may be brought in.

The scoring will not affect those students who receive automatic invitations based on their class rank. However, all students seeking a position on Law Review are required to take the Bluebooking exercise, and students grading-on to Law Review who score low on the Bluebooking exercise will be subject to remedial citation lessons next year.

4.    What is the write-on exercise and when does it take place?

The write-on exercise aims to gauge students' ability to interpret the law and to write concise, well-developed arguments, similar to what 2L editors do when they write their student Notes. It will be distributed on Saturday, May 16, at 9am. The exercise is closed-universe. Candidates will be provided with all the materials needed to complete the problem. It will be due by 5:30pm on Friday, May 22 .

The packet will further describe all of the requirements in detail.

5.    I'm planning to be out of town during the write-on exercise. What should I do?

All 1L students were given notice of the dates of the competition months in advance. The best option for students who are not in town is to print out and mail submissions to Support Services and to do it early. Entries must be received in Support Services by 4:30pm on Friday, May 22. Submissions received after 4:30pm will not be accepted for any reason. Submissions can be mailed to:

Syracuse Law Review
MacNaughton Hall, 4th Floor
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
Telephone: (315) 443-3680 (for FedEx orders)

6.    How do you ensure the integrity of the write-on competition?

We make a tremendous effort to ensure the integrity of the selection process, including a final individualized review of applicants' materials before offers are made. All allegations of impropriety will be investigated and the Dean will be notified. Violating the Honor Code is a serious offense and may result in disbarment or denial of your bar application, sanctions from the College of Law, and will result in automatic disqualification from membership on Law Review.

7.    How many students are selected for Law Review?

Typically, Law Review aims to accept around 30-40 students. The top 10% of the class at the end of this semester will receive an automatic invitation, so long as they have met the requirements listed under question (1). Approximately 15-20 students will receive automatic invitations from grading-on, and the 15-20 highest scoring write-on candidates in the competition will receive an invitation. More offers may be extended to fill the positions as necessary at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

8.    How is the write-on competition graded?

The write-on competition is graded by third-year Law Review members. There are five general criteria that submissions are graded on: quality of analysis, organization, writing style, form, and proofreading. The write on competition is worth 75% of the total score, and the Bluebooking exercise is worth 25% of the total score. Penalties will be assessed for failure to follow instructions.

9.    Is there a minimum GPA requirement for being accepted to Law Review?

Yes.  After the fall and spring semester 1L grades are computed, any student who has a Grade Point Average (GPA) of lower than 3.00 will be ineligible for selection onto Law Review.  Any student who this applies to will have their write-on competition score "thrown out."

10.    When will I find out if I am selected for Law Review?

Offers will be extended as soon as all of the 1L grades are received. This has historically taken place in mid to late July. Offers for Law Review, Syracuse Science and Technology Law Reporter and the Journal of International Law and Commerce will be extended the same day.

11.    What if I am not selected for Law Review?

All offer decisions are final. Individual submissions may not be reviewed.