The primary method of Law Review membership selection is based on a class rank requirement calculated at the end of each academic year. Students who meet the grade-on requirements for Law Review membership are notified via their NYLS email address in late June or early July each year, following the close of the academic year. Grade-on membership is determined as follows:
- First-Year Students. The Law Review extends invitations to 1Ls who rank in the top 15 percent of their division at the end of their first year (i.e., completion of two semesters) at NYLS based on their cumulative GPA. Day Division students selected on this basis will begin participation in the Law Review as early as June following their 1L year. Evening Division students who are accepted on this basis will start their Law Review duties the following year upon completion of their first four semesters of law school.
- Second-Year and Transfer Students. The Law Review extends invitations to upper-level students, including transfer students who have completed two semesters at NYLS, whose cumulative GPA based on four semesters of grades places them in the top 10 percent of their class. These students will begin participation in August at the start of their 3L year.
Write-On Selection and Competition
The Law Review is pleased to invite continuing students who were not extended membership invitations based on the grade-on criteria to participate in the annual Write-On Competition. To be eligible to participate, evening students must have completed four semesters of law school, and transfer students must have completed at least two semesters at NYLS.
The competition requires students to demonstrate their writing and legal analysis skills by drafting a paper based on a problem that is developed by the Law Review. You may download a write-on problem from a prior year as an example. The problem is designed to allow students to demonstrate their writing and analytical skills based on an analysis of a scholarly article, a series of cases, or other relevant law.
Members of the Law Review’s Editorial Board and its Faculty Publisher review all submissions and extend membership invitations to those students whose papers exhibit excellent analysis and writing ability. All submissions are reviewed anonymously, and invitations are extended solely based on the merit of the written submission. There is no pre-determined number of students who will be invited to join the Law Review through the Write-On Competition. Decisions of the Publisher are final. Due to the number of submissions, the Law Review is unable to provide feedback on students’ write-on papers following the end of the Write-On Competition.
The Write-On Competition and Invitations
Participants must submit their papers according to instructions that are included in the problem. All submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no extensions granted for the deadline. The Law Review will not consider submissions delivered after the deadline.
Submissions are limited to 16 pages. All submissions must contain footnotes in the current Bluebook (20th ed.) format. Full instructions and additional requirements are included with the problem.
All students who are selected for membership on the Law Review as a result of the Write-On Competition will receive formal invitations within two weeks of the end of the competition.
Orientation and Membership Requirements
All students invited to join the Law Review (except evening students who have just completed their first two semesters of law school and whose participation on the Law Review will begin the summer preceding their 3L Evening year) are required to attend our orientation in August. Orientation is typically held the week before fall classes start. All new Law Review members are also required to take either the day or evening section of the Legal Scholarship course during the semester they write their Case Comment.