Membership and Write-On Competition

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One of the most important extracurricular activities in law school is membership on a law journal. There are a plethora of compelling reasons to join the staff of a law journal. Membership can benefit your legal career, as it will not only be academically enriching, but also will impress future employers. Journal membership offers students the opportunity to enhance skills development, broaden professional networks, and produce an article for publication.

Rising second year students (full-time) and rising third year students (part-time) (2L/3L) at Seattle University School of Law have the opportunity to apply for membership to four academically-accredited student-run journals:

American Indian Law Journal
Seattle Journal of Environmental Law
Seattle Journal for Social Justice
Seattle University Law Review

Rising third year students (full-time) and rising fourth year students (part-time) (3L/4L) at Seattle University School of Law have the opportunity to apply for membership to two academically-accredited student-run journals:

American Indian Law Journal
Seattle Journal of Environmental Law

The primary purpose of law journals is to publish original legal scholarship. The journals collaborate with faculty advisors and invested practitioners, but ultimately student editors make all the editorial and organizational decisions. Thus, student editors take a rewarding role that helps to shape legal scholarship and discourse.

Each journal is designed to improve the writing skills and research techniques of members, while simultaneously providing an environment to instill self-discipline and analytical proficiency through the hard work required to publish quality legal scholarship. Further, each journal provides its members with the opportunity to develop their technical editing and writing abilities through focused workshops and other means designed to assist each member in crafting an article of publishable quality to be published alongside the work of established authors.

The journals strive to publish articles by an array of legal professionals, including professors, judges, and practitioners. All article submissions are subjected to a thorough editorial process, which is designed to strengthen substance and tone.

For more information about the student-run academic journals at Seattle University School of Law, contact LawJournals@seattleu.edu. For more information about a specific journal at Seattle University School of Law, follow the links above to that journal’s webpage.

Membership

Membership is competitive and limited to rising second, third, and fourth year law students who are selected based on an annual Write-On Competition. The journals strongly encourage all students to participate in the Write-On Competition, which is available to 2L/3L students at the end of spring semester and to 3L/4L students at mid-summer. Students applying to transfer to Seattle University School of Law are also highly encouraged to apply.

The Write-On Competition for 2L/3L students generally commences in May and is due in June of each year. The Write-On Competition for 3L/4L students generally commences in June and is due in July of each year. Offers are generally extended over the course of several days in July. Each journal has a specified process in which it extends offers to students from the applicant pool. Orientation for new editors will generally begin in August. This timeline is subject to change and any updates will be posted to this webpage when available.

Journal membership for 2L/3L students consists of a two-year commitment, which includes the option to receive academic credit. Journal membership for 3L/4L students consists of a one-year commitment, which also includes the option to receive academic credit. In the first year, student editors take a substantive role in the editing process while also creating an article of publishable quality. In the second year, student editors take leadership roles.

Write-On Competition

Rising second year students (full-time) and rising third year students (part-time) (2L/3L) may apply for membership within a Write-On Competition put on by all four journals. This competition includes one application for all four journals. Several journal information sessions with leadership from each journal will be available to students in April. Attending one of these information sessions is mandatory for students interested in applying (exception for transfer students).

The 2017 Write-On Competition application is now closed. The 2018 Write-On Competition will likely be available in April 2018 and due on Symplicity in June 2018. The journals highly encourage students to wait until after their final exams to complete the competition application. 

The Write-On Competition application consists of (1) an information section, which includes contact information, a journal preference ranking sheet, a one-page resume, and a one-page cover letter; (2) an editing section; and (3) a writing section. Applications are scored completely anonymously, and are based on the applicant's legal arguments and strength of writing, not on the positions taken in the submissions. Incomplete applications will not be scored.

To apply to the Write-On Competition, 2L/3L students must (1) have completed the first-year law courses after summer term; (2) attend one mandatory information session (exception for transfer students); (3) activate their account on Symplicity; and (4) have a personal copy of the Bluebook, which is available online or in hard copy. Detailed instructions are provided for download here and on Symplicity.

3L Write-On Competition: AILJ & SJEL

Rising third year student (full-time) and rising fourth year students (part-time) (3L/4L) may apply for membership with the American Indian Law Journal and the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law within one application.

The 2017 Write-On Competition application is available to download here and via Symplicity; the application will be due via  Symplicity on July 9, 2017 by 11:59pm.

The Write-On Competition application consists of (1) an information section, which includes contact information, a journal preference indication, a one-page resume, and a one-page cover letter; (2) an editing section; and (3) a writing section. Applications are scored completely anonymously, and are based on the applicant's legal arguments and strength of writing, not on the positions taken in the submissions. Incomplete applications will not be scored.

To apply to the Write-On Competition, students must (1) be in good standing at Seattle University School of Law; (2) activate their account on Symplicity; and (3) have a personal copy of the Bluebook, which is available online or in hard copy. Detailed instructions are provided within the 3L Write-On Competition application.

** If you have questions or concerns, please contact LawJournals@seattleu.edu **