Membership FAQ

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WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE LAW REVIEW?
It is very advantageous! Many law firms require or recommend law review in order to interview for a position in their firm (a list of law firms will be available in the Fall recruitment packet provided by the Career Development Office during the Summer).Being on law review looks good on your resume and will likely get you more interviews. You will be assigned a senior Law Review mentor to guide you through writing and research issues, as well as someone who will be your advisor throughout the year. It is a law school right of passage. You will receive credits toward graduation. You will fulfill your writing requirement. You can earn another credit per semester your second year on law review if you are on the board. You will hone your research, writing, and time management skills and learn about a number of fascinating leading edge legal issues. You will meet new peopleónot only students, but also deans, judges, and expert speakers from our live symposiums, as well as others in the legal field. It is a great way to network.

HOW DO I BECOME A LAW REVIEW MEMBER?
There are 3 ways. Those who are eligible, can access this website for our Summer Writing Competition which includes all the materials needed to write your paper. Students should download all of the sources to their computer and/or print them out so they have access to them throughout the writing period. Students may also become members through the grade-on procedure, or the Superior Authorship Competition.

I WON’T KNOW IF MY GRADES MEET THE MINIMUM CRITERIA UNTIL AFTER THE PAPER IS TURNED IN; SHOULD I STILL COMPETE?
Definitely! Even if your grades donít meet the minimum requirements now, they may improve by the end of the year. As long as you have a minimum GPA of 2.7 by the end of your 1RD or 2ED year, your paper will be considered for membership. Please donít hesitate to compete if you are not in the top 10% or 20%. Sometimes grades donít accurately reflect your dedication, knowledge, or writing ability.

CAN I TRY OUT FOR BOTH LAW REVIEWS?
Yes! The dates for the summer writing competitions are staggered, but you will have to write separate papers for each law review. Make sure you know which pick-up date works for you (i.e., Corporate Journalís 1st pickup packet, Law Reviewís pickup packet, Corporate Journalís 2nd pickup packet).

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MY PAPER?
Paper requirements are:

* Typed, double-spaced, font: 12 pt, times new roman;
* 8.5 x 11 white paper;
* 1″ margins on all sides;
* Footnotes: 10 pt. font;
* All citations must comform to Bluebook standards (18th ED.)

I stressed over my closed memo. I stressed over my open memo. I had a nervous breakdown over my motion memo and my brief. I can’t even write a thank you note. How am I ever going to write a 18-page law review paper?
We can’t promise that you won’t be stressed over this paper. But, we will do everything we can to make this as pleasant as possible. Therefore, in your competition packet we are including the following items:

* Instructions with specific criteria and deadlines;
* Guidelines on how to organize your paper;
* Suggestions for writing; and
* A sample comment.

HOW WILL I RESEARCH AND WRITE AN 18-PAGE PAPER IN THREE WEEKS?
It’s not too bad! It’s a closed packet. Not only do you not have to do any outside research, but you are not allowed to do any outside research. Research is an important aspect of law review, but in this instance weíve done the work for you. The research materials may include: cases, statutes, law review articles, newspaper articles, editorials, and on-line materials.

WE DIDN’T USE FOOTNOTES IN LEGAL METHODS; HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO DO?
One important component of a law review paper is footnotes. To help you get a feel for their proper use, we will be including some ìhow to footnoteî material in the packet. The most important thing to remember about footnotes is that your paper must be your own creation. Therefore, any statement, idea, or concept not of your own creation must be properly cited in a footnote. Footnotes are a great place to put background material.

MAY I WORK WITH A FRIEND OR CAN I CALL MY FAVORITE WIDENER PROFESSOR FOR ADVICE?
No. Each paper must represent your own effort. You are not allowed to consult with any other people about the topic, including classmates, friends, bosses, etc. We will not accept a paper created through collaboration. You will be asked to sign an honor code statement when you pick up the packet.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE LAW REVIEW RECEIVES MY PAPER?
Your paper will be distributed anonymously to three board members who will read and evaluate the contents, blue booking, and how well you followed directions.

WILL KNOWING AN EDITOR ON LAW REVIEW HELP ME GET SELECTED FOR MEMBERSHIP?
No. All papers are graded anonymously. We ask that you put your name at the bottom of a separate page placed after your last page of the text of your paper. It will be removed and an anonymous number will be assigned to the paper before it goes through our selection process.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM SELECTED AS A NEW STAFF MEMBER, AND WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM?

*You will receive a phone call inviting you to become a member.
*You will get 3 days to accept.
*You will be told when the New Member Orientation will be.
*At orientation, new members will meet with the Widener Law Review Editorial Board.
*New members will be assigned to an articles team and meet their articles editors.
*At the orientation, the Board will go over Law Review policy and procedure handbook.
*You will be assigned a mentor from the Board, who will not only answer questions about Law Review, but will also be a big buddy to you in your second year of law school.
*Your mentor will go over your write-on paper with you and help you next year with your writing requirement paper.

WHAT IF I AM ACCEPTED ON BOTH JOURNALS?
You must decide which journal you want to join because you will not have enough time to work on both.

EXACTLY WHAT WILL I DO AS A STAFF MEMBER?
Job responsibilities include:

*Pulling sources from assigned footnotes by utilizing our library.
*Cite verification – after sources are pulled, you will be assigned an article.
*You will be given an article and you will check the footnotes to ensure accuracy.
*You will then edit the article for grammar, proper use of words, accuracy, completion, blue-booking, spacing, etc.
*You will also be expected to attend training sessions, staff meetings, & live symposiums.
*You will write a note/comment of publishable quality.
*This will satisfy your Law School writing requirement. It may be chosen for publication as well.

HOW MANY CREDITS WILL I EARN?
New staff members earn three (3) credits for the first academic year of membership, one (1) each semester for being a staff member and one (1) credit in either the spring or the fall for Law Review Note/Comment.

The second year, you earn two (2) credits per semester if you have been elected to a board position, and one (1) credit per semester if you are a senior staff member.

WHAT ABOUT THE PAPER I HAVE TO WRITE AS A MEMBER?
The paper will be assigned to you sometime within the beginning of the school year. The due date for the paper will be set by the orientation date. You will be given deadlines to meet at various stages of writing the note (Topic, Outline, Rough Draft, etc.) to ensure your paper is well written and complete. You will meet with your mentor to go over your rough draft. This is a great opportunity to get one-on-one feedback on your writing skills! The Law Review Note/Comment is eligible to satisfy your writing requirement upon faculty approval, for graduation.

HOW MUCH TIME MUST I DEVOTE TO LAW REVIEW?
Fortunately you will be given due dates on your assignments and will be able to pick your own hours. Each assignment will take less time as you learn more about the library. During the editing process, you will work on an assigned article in the Law Review office. The length of time this takes depends on the length of the article, however, it usually works out to a total of about 16-24 hours, and again, that can be broken down any way you choose, as long as you meet your deadline.

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION?
Rose Callahan is the Widener Law Review secretary and she will forward your question to the appropriate board member. Contact the office at: 302-477-2014.

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