Annual Write-On Competition

How does the San Diego International Law Journal 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 International Law Journal (ILJ). To be considered for membership, students must participate in ILJ's write-on competition.

What is the write-on competition?

The write-on competition is a cooperative effort between ILJ and the San Diego Law Review that enables interested students to apply to both journals at the same time. The competition consists of a legal problem that each competitor must analyze and address. Each eligible competitor downloads a copy of the problem and all the relevant statutes, cases and other sources of law provided. 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 ILJ 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 ILJ accept through the write-on competition?

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

Can I gain acceptance to ILJ 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

Writing Competition Download (TWEN):

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at noon - 7:00 p.m. PDT. All participating students will have access to the competition site on TWEN where procedural questions may be asked and will be answered. Substantive or irrelevant questions will not be answered. Competitors may not discuss any aspect of the competition with anyone once the materials are distributed. The Honor Code governs the competition, and any violation will result in disqualification from consideration.

Writing Competition Upload (TWEN):

Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 12:00 a.m. - Tuesday, August 13, 2019, between noon - 7 p.m. PDT. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE OR AFTER THIS TIME. We encourage students to visit our TWEN site because all the writing competition information is posted there. The course name is "2019 Write-On Competition for SDLR, SDILJ, and JCEL."

General Competition Questions: usdwriteoncompetition@gmail.com.

Writing Competition Important Dates

Beyond the First Year Preview Tabling:

When:  February 18, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
Where: WH 2nd floor area.
What:   An open forum with journals, moot programs, clinics, etc. before the individual sessions.

Beyond the First Year Info Sessions (2 of them):

When:  February 19, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.) and February 20, 2019 (4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.)
Where: WH 131 (February 19, 2019) and WH Courtroom (February 20, 2019).
What:   The journal-specific informational meeting with Law Review, ILJ, and JCEL.  This is more of a "what is a law journal" meeting that foreshadows the Big picture on how to get on ... the logistics of how to get on will be in April during the Write-On Info Meetings (see below).

Write-on Informational Meetings

When:   April 9, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
                Warren Hall 131

                April 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
                Warren Hall 131

                April 10, 2019, 4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
                Warren Hall 131

What:  A breakdown of the logistics for the Write-On Competition by Law Review, ILJ, and JCEL.

Writing Competition Download (TWEN):

May 9, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Writing Competition Upload (TWEN):

May 10, 2019, 1:00 am - May 19, 2019, 8:00 p.m. PDT.  NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME.  We encourage students to visit our TWEN site because all the writing competition information is posted there. The course name is "2019 Write-On Competition for SDLR and SDILJ."