​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, 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 Law 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 is a ten-day competition that takes place immediately after spring finals.  The competition has two components: (1) a two-issue closed memorandum, and (2) about twenty Bluebook citation corrections.  Participants will be judged according to writing style, legal analysis, organization, and Bluebook accuracy.  Participants may not discuss any aspect of the competition with anyone once the materials are distributed.

The Write-On memorandum 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 35 to 45 students every year. 

Writing Competition Important Dates 

Write-on Informational Meeting

Join the San Diego Law Review, San Diego International Law Journal, and the 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 & 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.
                Recording of Zoom Write-On Informational Meeting:  Write-On Meeting Recording
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                Recording of Zoom Bluebook Tips:  Bluebook Tips 
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What:  A breakdown of the logistics for the Write-On Competition by SDLR, SDILJ, and JCEL.

2020 Write-on Information Handout:  

Write-On Competition Information site

Writing Competition Download (TWEN):

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

Writing Competition Upload (TWEN):

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."

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, SDILJ, and JCEL."

General Competition Questions: usdwriteoncompetition@gmail.com.