Joining the Staff

Student Information about the Journal and Joining the Staff

Work on the Editorial Staff of the Journal provides a rewarding experience in helping produce the oldest publication at the law school. In addition, work on the Journal offers opportunities to develop the keen eye for detail, writing skills and leadership experiences that employers seek. Each Staff member is required to author an article of publishable quality, with the help of an individual Faculty Advisor to aid in the writing and editing process. The Journal provides students with the best opportunity to have their work published, as multiple student articles, referred to as “Notes and Comments,” are published in every issue.

Journal members receive three credit hours per year – one (1) hour in the fall and two (2) hours in the spring. Because it produces four issues each year, the Journal has the largest staff of any of the other publications teams at the School of Law. Further, the Journal receives strong faculty support. The Faculty Advisor for the 2012-2013 academic year is Prof. Ann M. Scarlett. In addition, Saint Louis University School of Law strongly supports the Journal and has consistently sent Journal members to the National Conference of Law Reviews.

The Process for Joining the Editorial Staff

Full-time students in the top 5% of their class after the completion of their 1L year receive an automatic invitation to join the Journal Staff. 2L students in the top 5% of their class can also receive an automatic invitation to join the Staff, but only upon expressed interest. Anyone in the top 50% of their class based on Spring semester ranks and who has completed 30 credit hours, including a full year of Legal Research and Writing, may compete in the annual Write-on Competition. In addition, accelerated part-time students may also participate in the Write-on Competition, with the contingency that they must have completed the required 30 credit hours by the end of the Summer semester if selected to work on the Journal.

Write-on Competition

The Write-on Competition is co-sponsored by the Law Journal and the Public Law Review. At the end of the Spring semester, generally on the last day of exams after the final first-year exam is finished, the Write-on Competition packet is distributed to interested students. To compete in the Write-on Competition for a position on the Journal, students must be in the top 50% of their class based on the Spring semester’s cumulative class ranks, and they must have completed 30 credit hours, including a full year of Legal Research and Writing.

The Write-on Competition generally consists of two elements. First, participants must submit a case note, which is a roughly 10-page analysis of a recent case of intrigue provided by the Write-on Competition coordinators.

Second, participants complete an editing exercise using the Bluebook citation format for law journals. All work is completed on an individual basis and subject to the Honor Code. Time allotted for completion of the Write-On Competition varies from year to year.

Upon review of the submissions, the Journal and the Public Law Review will make offers of Staff positions to successful participants. Decisions are generally made in either June or July, depending upon the number of participants and the summer schedules of submission reviewers. The Journal encourages all students who are eligible to take part in the Write-on Competition because it serves as a useful learning and writing experience, regardless of the outcome.