​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, the top five percent of 1L students enrolled in the full-time program and the top five percent of 1L students enrolled in the part-time program, according to class rank at the end of the second semester, are 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 17, 2019, at 10:30 pm - July 19: 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):

Wednesday, July 19, 2019, 12:00 a.m. - July 28, 2019 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 "2019 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, 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, 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 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, SDILJ, 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, SDILJ and JCEL."