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How do I join Texas A&M Law Review?

There are two ways to join Law Review: (1) grade-on, or (2) write-on.

  • The “grade-on”: Students in the top 10% of their class at the end of their 1L year will automatically receive an invitation to join Law Review.
  • The “write-on”: Students in the top 50% who have not accepted an invitation to join Law Review or other journal are eligible to participate in the write-on competition, which is discussed in more detail below.

The Write-on Competition

The Law Review, together with the Journal of Property Law, conducts the write-on to evaluate the writing, editing, and citation skills of prospective candidates. At the end of the competition, the journals individually grade the submissions and extend offers to students who meet their grading criteria.

  • When is it?

    While the exact time frame differs from year to year depending on when ranks come out, the write-on competition typically begins in mid-July. The competition then lasts ten days.

    Note: After ranks come out, eligible students will receive an email inviting them to participate in the write-on competition. Students must accept this invitation within 48 hours in order to participate. All interested students should keep an eye on their university emails (@tamu.edu) during the month of July.

  • Who can participate?

    The top 50% of the class is eligible to participate, provided they have not already accepted a grade-on invitation from a journal. Generally, Law Review extends a grade-on invitation to the top 10% of the class, and Journal of Property Law extends a grade-on invitation to the top 20% of the class. If a student grades on to Journal of Property Law, they may still attempt to write-on to Law Review, but must forfeit their grade-on invitation to Property Journal in order to do so. Should students elect to do this, their write-on submission will still be considered by both publications.

  • What does the write-on consist of?

    The write-on competition consists of three parts:
    1) a writing requirement (worth 50%),
    2) a technical edit (worth 10%), and
    3) a citation edit and proposition check (worth 40%).

  • What is the writing requirement?

    For the writing requirement, students are required to write a case note in which they analyze a court opinion. The students should argue why they agree or disagree with the outcome of the case using legal analysis. This will be closed universe (like LARW memo 1), and the end product should be 8-10 pages.

  • What is the technical edit?

    For the technical edit, students will receive a writing sample with grammar, punctuation, spelling, and other types of errors. Students should identify these errors and make the appropriate corrections. It is recommended that students consult a style manual such as the Redbook, the Aspen Handbook, the Mouse, or any other style manual used in first-year legal writing classes.

  • What is the citation edit?

    For the citation edit, the students are given a number of footnotes that may or may not contain mistakes. Using the Bluebook and the Greenbook, the students are to identify any citation errors and include a brief note about what needs to be changed.

  • What is the proposition check?

    For the proposition check, students are again given a range of footnotes containing sources. The students must retrieve the indicated sources, either from the library or an online database (Lexis, Westlaw, etc.), and review the applicable source to determine if it supports the proposition asserted by the author in the corresponding footnote.

Please note this is a short summary of the grade-on and the write-on competition. The instructions for the write-on contain more detailed information on each section. Students will receive these instructions should they accept the invitation to participate in the write-on.

If you have any questions, please contact the Law Review’s executive editor at executive.editor@lawreview.law.tamu.edu.

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