The purpose of the Arizona State Law Journal is to produce, edit, and publish high-quality works of legal scholarship. The operational and editorial functions of the Journal are managed by students of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. For those eligible, the Journal provides one of the finest avenues available for advancing legal education. Its work contributes to the students’ intellectual advancement,the development of law, the legal profession, and to the stature of the College of Law.
2015–2016 Board of Editors
Matthew St. Martin
Holly Stewart Azevedo
Professor Robert Miller
The purpose of the Arizona State Law Journal is to produce, edit, and publish high-quality works of legal scholarship. Students of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law manage the operational and editorial functions of the Journal. The work is challenging, but rewarding. Participation on Law Journal contributes to the students’ intellectual advancement, to the development of law, to the legal profession, and to the stature of the College of Law.
The Journal is published four times a year, featuring articles written by top-notch scholars, as well as student-authored work on cutting-edge areas of the law. Students who are selected to serve as Staff Writers during their second year have the opportunity to become Editors their third year.
Journal membership is highly respected by employers, and is often considered a must for students who wish to clerk for a judge or enter academia.
Each year 32 students are invited to join the Journal. Five may be current 2Ls, the rest must be 1Ls. There are 3 avenues to Journal membership:
1. Grade-on (1L only)
Fifteen 1L students are invited to join based on class rank, as calculated by the Registrar after the Spring semester. The Editor-in-Chief will invite the first 15 students in order of rank.
As grades for the Spring semester will likely not be finalized by the time of the Write-On Competition, all students who seek membership are encouraged to participate in the Write-On Competition.
2. Write-on Competition
Seventeen students are invited to join Journal based on their Write-On Competition score. The Write-On Competition is held immediately following the end of the Spring semester.
The breakdown for the write-on competition score is 45% GPA, 25% written problem, 25% Bluebook quiz, and 5% legal writing grades.
A mandatory Write-On meeting is held in early spring each year. To participate in the Write-On competition, candidates must complete a grade release form.
3. Hardship Petition (1L, 2L, transfer students)
The Editor-in-Chief may invite 1 or 2 students pursuant to the Petition process. Any transfer student, or any student who is unable to take part in the Write-On Competition because of hardship, may petition for membership. It is up to the sole discretion of the Editor-in-Chief to determine if the circumstances support hardship and to determine whether an applicant who petitions for membership is invited to join the Journal.
Hardship is an excusable event that precludes completing the write-on problem during the time allotted for the competition (33 hours). Hardship includes, but is not limited to:
- A handicap that puts an applicant at a competitive disadvantage
- An unforeseeable emergency, illness, or injury.
Students who seek to petition for membership based on hardship must e-mail the Petition to the current Editor-in-Chief as soon as practical after learning of the hardship, and no later than two days after the end of the Write-On Competition. Transfer students may petition for membership no later than August 1. Petitions must include:
- Resume that includes GPA and rank. No name or identifying information.
- Writing sample of 6 to 12 pages.
- Grade Release
- Statement of interest detailing the nature of the hardship (if applicable), the reasons for desiring Journal membership, and any other factors the student feels are relevant to the selection process (e.g., diversity, unique skills).
Important: Your Petition must not include any identifying information or it will not be considered. Instead of your name please use your spring exam number.
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