JCEL Membership Application Process

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 participate in a writing competition to be considered for membership.

What is the Application process?

  • Attend one of the journal's April 2020 Write-On Competition informational meetings for details (additional details below).
  • Download the problem on the designated date (listed below).  Complete only the bluebook portion of the Write-On Competition.
  • Upload your bluebook portion to the Write-On Competition TWEN site by the deadline (please see "Write-On Competition Upload (TWEN)" below).
  • Submit writing sample and resume to usdlawjcel@gmail.com by mid-April 2020.
  • Interviews will take place 1-2 weeks before Spring Study Period/Finals.
  • If successful, you will receive an invite to join JCEL at the same time SDLR & SDILJ extend offers in Summer 2020.

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 application process as long as they do not plan on graduating early.

Transfer Student Application Process

Will follow the same format as found below.  Dates TBA.

General Application Information Inquiries: USDlawjcel@gmail.com

Important Dates for Application Process:

Beyond the First Year Preview Tabling:

When:  February 18, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: WH Writz floor area.
What:   An open forum with journals, moot programs, clinics, etc. before the individual sessions.

When:  February 19, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 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 18, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.) and February 19, 2020 (4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.)
Where: WH 2A (February 18, 2020) and WH 131 (February 19, 2020).
What:   The journal-specific informational meeting with Law ReviewSDILJ, 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

Join the San Diego Law Review, San Diego International Law Journal, and San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law for an information session on the 2020 Write-On Competition.  We will go over the competition process, timeline, rules, and what to expect by participating in the competition.  The Write-On Competition enables interested full-time 1Ls and current 1L or 2L part-time students to apply to all three journals at the same time.

For 1Ls, the write-on competition is the only opportunity to apply to the San Diego Law Review and San Diego International Law Journal.  For upper-division students, you can participate in the competition to apply to the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law.  Participation on a law school journal is a tremendous honor and achievement. Not only do journal members supplement their resumes, careers, and educations, they also contribute to a body of scholarly work that helps shape the state of the law.  Our editors will be present to answer any questions you may have.  The meeting will be recorded for students who are unable to attend.

When:  April 15, 2020, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.        

                Zoom link: https://sandiego.zoom.us/j/2697471038  
                Meeting ID: 269 747 1038

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

Write-On Competition Download (TWEN):

May 8, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Write-On Competition Upload (TWEN) (For JCEL only the Bluebook portion):

May 9, 2020, 1:00 am - May 18, 2020, 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 "2020 Write-On Competition for SDLR, SDILJ and JCEL."

JCEL Writing Sample & Resume:

Send to usdlawjcel@gmail.com early-April 2020.

JCEL Interviews:

1-2 weeks before Spring Study Period/Finals 2020.