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 April 24, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Interviews to take place the week of May 11, 2020.
  • 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. 

Important Dates for Application Process: 

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

2020 Write-on Information Handout:  

Write-On Competition Information site

Write-On Competition Download (TWEN):

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

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

May 12, 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:

Deadline: Send to usdlawjcel@gmail.com by April 24, at 11:59 p.m.

JCEL Interviews:

Interviews to take place the week of May 11, 2020.

Transfer Student Application Process

Will follow the same format as found above.  

JCEL Writing Sample & Resume:

Deadline: Send to: USDlawjcel@gmail.com by July 31, 11:59 p.m. 

General Application Information Inquiries: USDlawjcel@gmail.com