Important Dates & Information
The 2013 Write On Competition, mandatory for all first-year students seeking membership on a law journal, is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. EDT on May 17, 2013. The Office of Journal Administration (OJA) oversees the annual Write On competition. Participating students who wish to compete must purchase the rights to the online competition packet. The competition packet is a closed packet: students participating in the competition may only consult the packet materials (and the Bluebook) while writing their own competition paper. The materials include cases, scholarly commentary, and popular commentary.
Although the competition itself does not begin until May 17, students will be able to purchase rights to the competition packet through the Write On website beginning on or about May 8, 2013. Once a student purchases these rights, he or she will receive a “Packet ID” number. This number, along with an “Exam Number” assigned to all first-year students by the Registrar’s Office, will serve to identify competitors in the otherwise anonymous competition.
Beginning on May 17, participating students may log on to the Write On website to examine and download the competition material. The website will remain open until 8:00 p.m. EDT on May 28, 2013. At that point, participants will need to have completed and returned their competition papers to the Office of Journal Administration and the competition will be considered closed.
Students will be able to preference journals when the competition opens; the preferencing part of the Write On site will remain open through mid-July so that students may take their first-year grades into account.
Results should be announced in early August, 2013.
The Georgetown Law Journal Membership Criteria
Students must preference the Journal first to be considered for membership. Students may earn membership in any of three ways:
- 40% of our new members will be accepted solely on the basis of their Write-On scores.
- 40% of our new members will be accepted on the basis of a formula that equally weighs Write-On scores and grades.
- 20% of our new members will be selected solely on the basis of their Personal Statement, provided that they have scored in the top third of Write-On submissions. Every student is encouraged to submit an optional Personal Statement describing how his or her diverse background will contribute to the membership and/or scholarship of the Journal.
Personal Statement Prompt
The Georgetown Law Journal deeply values diversity in both its membership and scholarship. During Write-On, the Journal strongly encourages students to include a Personal Statement in their Write-On submission and to rank The Georgetown Law Journal first. The Journal expects to extend up to 20% of membership offers in 2013 to students who submit outstanding Personal Statements and score in the top third of Write- On submissions. As a reminder, students must rank the Journal first to receive consideration.
A Personal Statement should explicitly identify and discuss how an applicant will contribute to the diversity of the Journal‘s membership and/or scholarship. For example, some past Personal Statements have discussed how an applicant’s race, military status, ethnicity, national origin, familial status, disability, socio-economic status, gender, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation influence his or her perspectives on legal scholarship and academia, or have impacted his or her decision to pursue a legal career.
Personal Statements should be double-spaced and should not exceed 500 words. Please include your Write-On packet number, but not your name, on your Personal Statement, and submit it along with your case comment to the Office of Journal Administration. If you have any questions about the Personal Statement, please do not hesitate to contact the Journal’s Member Development and Diversity Editor, Steven Schnelle, at GLJ.Diversity@gmail.com.
Download this Personal Statement Prompt as a PDF here.