The Northwestern University Law Review seeks highly motivated individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding legal writing ability.
The Law Review selects its members through a writing competition held in the spring, which takes place after first-year examinations. We offer membership to about 35 students evaluated equally on first-year grades and on the quality of their writing competition entries. Approximately 10 additional offers are extended to students based solely on their writing competition, including transfer students.
Students who accept offers for membership on the Law Review become staff members for the duration of their second year. In the spring of their second year, staff members become associate editors or are elected to positions on the editorial board. The responsibilities of second-year Law Review staff members include source and citation checking, substantive evaluation of articles accepted for publication, editing and proofreading manuscripts, performing first-read evaluations of manuscripts submitted for publication, and any clerical tasks that may be necessary. Law Review staff members are also expected to produce a written work of publishable quality, which may be submitted for publication in the spring of the student's second year. If a student article is selected for publication, it will typically be published in an issue of Law Review during the student's third year. See examples below of recent student articles published in the Law Review.
Sample Student Articles
Mug Shot Disclosure Under FOIA: Does Privacy or Public Interest Prevail?
By Kathryn Shephard