What is the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
The Law Review is an academic journal that publishes
articles written by professors, students and legal experts
on various topics.
Who is on the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
The Law Review is composed of three groups: the editorial
board, senior staff members, and associate staff members.
If a student is selected for membership on the Law Review,
they are inducted as an associate staff member. In order to
become a senior staff member, the associate staff must
complete a series of assignments, including writing a note
or comment of publishable quality. Among the senior staff,
the outgoing editorial board selects certain senior staff
members to serve as members of the incoming editorial board.
What are the positions on the editorial board of
the Thurgood Marshall Law Review?
The editorial board may consist of the Editor-in-Chief, the
Executive Editor, the Managing Editor, the Lead Articles
Editor, the Research Editor, the Business Editor, Articles
Editors, and a Symposium Editor. For each of the Editor’s
duties, please consult the constitution and bylaws.
What do Thurgood Marshall Law Review members do?
There are three tasks that Law Review members must
accomplish each year: managing the write-on competition,
publishing the journal, and conducting symposia based upon
topics agreed upon by the editorial board. Editorial board
members, senior staff members, and associate staff members
aid in assuring that all of these tasks are accomplished by
the end of the spring semester of each year.
How can I become a member of the Thurgood
Marshall Law Review?
If you are a student that will be completing your 1L or 2L
year at the time the competition begins, you may participate
in the write-on competition. The competition is conducted
every spring upon the completion of 1L comps. The student
must write a casenote based upon a case that is chosen by
the editorial board of the Law Review, and the competitor
must complete a Bluebook citation exam. The student is also
required to attend all trainings and meetings, and follow
all instructions as indicated by the Managing Editor. Based
upon a combination of grades, results from the citation
exam, and the quality of the casenote, a student will be
chosen for membership as an associate staff member.
Membership is extended to the chosen students at the
beginning of the following fall semester. For more detailed
information, please consult the constitution and bylaws.
If I choose not to join after my 1L year, can I
wait and join later?
The Law Review allows membership for 2L applicants. For
more detailed information, please consult the constitution
If I’m in the top 5% of my class, do I
automatically become a member of the Thurgood Marshall Law
While other schools may allow for automatic membership based
on grades, the Law Review may accept a Grade-On candidate in
the top 5%, if the candidate performs adequately enough on a
citation exam. For more detailed information, please
consult the constitution and bylaws.
If I’m not one of the top students in my class,
is there any hope for me to become a member of the Thurgood
Marshall Law Review?
Although our staff is composed of some of the best and
brightest students in the school, grades alone will not
determine your membership. While grades will increase your
chances of becoming a member, the bulk of your membership is
based upon your ability to write a casenote of publishable
quality during the competition.
If I transfer in or out of the law school, may I
obtain or retain my membership on the Law Review?
Thurgood Marshall Law Review does not allow transfer
students to participate in the Write-On competition at this
time. Likewise, should membership be extended to you, but
you transfer to another law school, your membership is
Why would I want to be on the Thurgood Marshall
Becoming a member of the Law Review is a prestigious
accomplishment. Every law school has a law review or a law
journal. However, only a small percentage of law students
are chosen as staff members. Also, many firms prefer
students who are members of a law review or journal because
of the higher level of research and writing skills members
come to possess. While becoming a member of Law Review does
not guarantee that you will get a job, it is an excellent