​Annual Write-On Competition

How does Law Review select its members?

Only first-year full-time and part-time 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 and the San Diego International Law Journal. This competition enables interested students to apply to both journals at the same time.

The second route to Law Review membership is through the Review's automatic-invitation policy: the top 2.5% of the 1L full-time class at the end of the first semester is 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 full-time and part-time  students, students enrolled in USD's international advanced standing program, JD students participating in USD's law exchange or DC programs, and USD-approved concurrent degree programs (e.g., JD/MBA, JD/MAIR, JD/MAPJ) to qualify for the San Diego Law Review.

Second-year full-time and part-time students, and students pursuing an LLM degree are ineligible to participate.

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

Writing Competition Download (TWEN):

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 10:30 pm - July 17, 2020, at 11:59 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):

Friday, July 17, 2020, 12:00 a.m. - July 27, 2020 8 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 and SDILJ."

General Competition Questions: usdwriteoncompetition@gmail.com.

Writing Competition Important Dates

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 20, 2020).
What:   The journal-specific informational meeting with Law Review, SDILJ, 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 Meeting

Join the San Diego Law Review, San Diego International Law Journal, and 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 & 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, SDILJ, and JCEL.

Writing Competition Download (TWEN):

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

Writing Competition Upload (TWEN):

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."