Both the California Western Law Review/International Law Journal seeks to recruit a committed, accomplished, and diverse staff of editors. As members, students experience lifetime recognition for academic achievement by the community. Membership is perceived as one of the highest achievements and honors in law school that attracts the best and the brightest students. Members develop and perfect their research and writing skills and have the opportunity to have an article published.
The staff is comprised of second and third year law students and are in the top 10 percent of their class. A select few join the staff after successfully competing in a write-on competition – held once a trimester – or publish their way on board.
Write-on competitions are held once a trimester and is open to all students who are in the top 50 percent of their class and who have at least two trimesters remaining to serve as staff members. Participants in the Write-On Competition are given a "closed-universe" fact pattern and legal sources and are asked to write a brief scholarly paper using the sources provided.
Publishing Your Way Onboard
Students who are in the top fifty percent of their class and who have at least two trimesters remaining may submit a manuscript. If the manuscript is published, and the student meets the required academic criteria, he or she will be invited to join the Law Review/International Law Journal.
Law review training guarantees that students know how to research, write, edit, and 'blue book' - skills law firms are looking for when hiring. Students become mini experts in the various areas of the law and receive excellent legal research and writing training. This editorial experience also helps to develop administrative and people-management skills - helping develop skills required for any type of job.
Students are required to join Law Review and the International Law Journal for as many full-time trimesters that the student has remaining. If the student has joined Law Review and the International Law Journal as a result of grading on or writing on, that student will be required to write a scholarly note or comment in his or her first trimester as a staff member. In addition, each associate member will be given weekly assignments on an upcoming article which will consist of retrieving sources, textual editing, substantively checking cites for accuracy, and checking all text and cites for Blue Book compliance. Students who have served on Law Review and International Law Journal for at least one semester are also eligible to apply for a position on the Executive Board. An Executive Board position carries with it extra duties and responsibilities.