Annual Write-On Competition

How does the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law select its members?

Full-time students entering their second or third year and part-time students entering their fourth year are eligible to compete to join the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law (JCEL). To be considered for membership, students must participate in JCEL’s write-on competition.

What is the write-on competition?

The write-on competition is a cooperative effort between JCEL, the San Diego Law Review and the San Diego International Law Journal that enables interested students to apply to all three journals at the same time. The competition consists of a legal problem that each competitor must analyze and address. Each eligible competitor is provided with a copy of the problem and copies of all the relevant statutes, cases and other sources of law. No additional research is allowed. Students then prepare briefs, no longer than ten pages in length, that address the relevant legal issues involved in the problem. Students must also perform a citation edit using The Bluebook. Grading of the write-on competition is completely anonymous, and selection onto JCEL is entirely merit-based. All competitors must do their own work and shall not confer with other competitors about the write-on problem. Cooperative efforts will be deemed honor code violations and will be reported as such.

How many people will JCEL accept through the write-on competition?

The number is not predetermined. However, JCEL usually accepts 25 to 30 students each year.

Can I gain acceptance to JCEL after my second year?

Yes. Third-year full-time and fourth-year part-time students can also participate in the write-on competition as long as they do not plan on graduating early or studying abroad during the following fall and spring semesters.

Transfer Student write-on competition

JCEL is involved in a second small competition, usually in early August, for those students transferring to the University of San Diego School of Law. For full information on the write-on competition for transfer students, please contactjcel@sandiego.edu.

Important Dates

Writing Competition Pick-up: May 16, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., Legal Research Center room 132 (doors lock at 10:30 a.m. sharp). Students who cannot be present for the May 16 pick-up must email USDWriteOn2014@gmail.com by May 14, at 9 p.m. to arrange for an anonymous identification number and access to the materials at the same time. 

Drop-off: May 23, 2014 between 6:30 and 8 p.m., Legal Research Center room 132 (doors lock at 8 p.m. sharp). 
We encourage students to visit our TWEN site because all the writing competition information is posted there. The course name is “2014 Write-On Competition for SDLR, ILJ & JCEL.”

Contact:

Academic Journals
Warren Hall, Rooms 124-125
Phone: (619) 260-4531
Fax: (619) 260-7715