Annual Write-On Competition

How does Law Review select its members?

Only first-year day and evening law students are eligible for acceptance to the San Diego Law Review. Eligible students can follow one of two routes to Law Review membership. The first is through the Write-On Competition which is a cooperative effort between the San Diego Law Review, the San Diego International Law Journal, and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law. This competition enables interested students to apply to all three journals at the same time.

The second route to Law Review membership is through the Review's automatic-invitation policy: the top five percent of 1L students enrolled in the day program and the top five percent of 1L students enrolled in the evening program, according to class rank, are invited to join Law Review, regardless of participation in the Write-On Competition.

Can I wait until next year to participate in the Write-On Competition? Can I gain acceptance to Law Review based on my second-year grades?

No. The upcoming Write-On Competition is the only opportunity for all first-year day and evening students to qualify for the San Diego Law Review. Second-year day students, students pursuing an LLM degree, and students enrolled in the University's JD /MBA program are ineligible.

What is the Write-On Competition?

The Write-On Competition consists of a legal problem that each competitor must analyze and address using only the materials provided by the competition's administrators; no additional research is allowed. Students then prepare responses, approximately ten pages in length, that address the problem's legal issues. Students must also perform a citation edit using The Bluebook. Entries to the Write-On Competition are graded completely anonymously, and selection into Law Review 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 an Honor Code violation and will be reported as such to the Honor Court.

How many people will the Law Review accept through the Write-On Competition?

The number is not predetermined, however the San Diego Law Review usually accepts 30 to 45 students every year.

Transfer Students

There will be another small competition only for those second-year students transferring to the University of San Diego School of Law in late August. More information about the competition will be available soon.

Important Dates:

Writing Competition Informational Meetings:

    March 30, 2016, at 12-12:50 p.m., and 4:30-5:30 p.m., Warren Hall 131.

    April 7, 2016, at 12-12:50 p.m., Warren Hall 2B.

Writing Competition Pick-up: May 13, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., Legal Research Center room 132 (doors lock at 2:30 p.m. sharp). Students who cannot be present for the May 13 pick-up must email by May 11, at 9 p.m. to arrange for an anonymous identification number and access to the materials at the same time. 
Drop-off: May 20, 2016 between 6:30 and 8:00 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 “2016 Write-On Competition for SDLR, ILJ & JCEL.”


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