Dear Rising Second-Year Students,
Congratulations on nearing the end of your first year! After finishing exams, I hope that you take a moment to relax and recover—and then devote a full week to the Write-On competition. When you rank the journals by preference, I encourage you to rank The Georgetown Law Journal first.
The Journal, celebrating its 102nd anniversary next year, is one of the oldest and most prestigious law reviews in the country. Our generalist approach offers members a unique opportunity to deepen their understanding of diverse legal subjects. The Journal offers a broad range of opportunities for students, including:
Scholarship: Each year, the Journal selects for publication approximately twenty articles from more than two thousand submissions. This process offers an unparalleled opportunity to interact with—and critique—the work of the world’s most prominent legal scholars. In addition to selecting and editing articles, Journal members write a scholarly note on any legal topic of their choice. Journal members may submit their work for publication in both the print Journal and The Georgetown Law Journal Online.
Public Interest: Each second-year member has the opportunity to contribute to the Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (ARCP), also known as the “practitioner’s bible” for the federal criminal bar. The ARCP is an incredibly visible and widely used legal publication, utilized by judges, practitioners, academics, and litigators. The ARCP also serves as a vehicle for social justice and public outreach—it is one of the greatest resources for prisoners and public interest organizations across the country. The ARCP thus contributes to a more holistic Journal experience, allowing members to hone their technical and substantive editing skills while contributing to an invaluable publication that has a concrete impact on the lives of individuals.
Community: The Journal offers students a supportive and welcoming community, bringing together dynamic individuals from diverse backgrounds. During their time on the Journal, members form lasting personal and professional relationships that continue far beyond the initial two years of membership—in February, our First Annual Alumni Banquet brought together nearly 200 past and current Journal members from across the nation. All Journal members are encouraged to participate in our mentoring program, social activities, and professional networking events.
Leadership: The Journal offers numerous leadership opportunities, helping members develop marketable skills that will aid them throughout their legal careers. Upon the successful completion of their staff duties, all second-year members will be promoted to editorial positions. Members may lead committees, spearhead initiatives, or serve on the Journal’s Senior Board.
Membership: 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.
If you have any questions, I encourage you to reach out to me or any other member of the Journal, and to visit our website at www.georgetownlawjournal.org. I hope you will preference the Journal first—not only for the doors it will open throughout your legal career, but also for the skills you will develop, the first-class scholarship you will publish, and the friends and colleagues with whom you will work over the next two years. I look forward to welcoming many of you into our community as staff members in the fall!
Shauna M. Kramer
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