The California Law Review runs a write-on competition to accept new members. The 2020 membership selection process is described below.

Watch a recorded panel discussion on “Who Cares About Law Review, Anyway?” hosted at Berkeley Law on October 24, 2019, to learn more about the California Law Review.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! The California Law Review is happy to support student groups who want to learn more about the California Law Review and the Write-On. If your student group is interested in organizing a workshop with a group of students, please contact Emma Atuire at with your request. Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to the California Law Review 3L members in your student groups. 2L members may not provide samples of their successful Write-On materials, but 3L members can provide support and mentorship in this way. Both 2L and 3L members are excited to answer your questions and give you advice!

Students pursuing the following degrees may participate in the Write-On Competition:  JD, JD with concurrent degree.
Students pursuing a JD or a JD with a concurrent degree must participate in the Write-On competition immediately following completion of their 1L year (their first year of legal instruction). Transfer students, and only transfer students, may participate in a summer Write-On beginning in mid July before their 2L year.
No. Each applicant may only participate in one California Law Review-sponsored competition. “Participate” includes those who apply but do not complete the components.
There is no “in-person” requirement to participate in the Write-On. In past years, applicants have been in other states or other countries while completing the components. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be in a location with unreliable internet or mail and we will try to make reasonable accommodations.
The Write-On for 1Ls will be held from Thursday, May 9 at 12:00 pm to Sunday, May 19 at 12:00 pm PT in 2019.

For transfer students, the Write-On will be held Thursday, July 4 at 5pm to Sunday, July 14 at 5:00pm PT in 2019.

The California Law Review will hold information sessions and workshops explaining every component of the Write-On. The events start in late February and we will notify students of these events as they come.
You will not know the case or subject until the competition begins.  However, there are a few things you can do now to prepare for the Write-On. We suggest joining a journal during your 1L year. While membership will not factor into our decision, as a journal member you will become familiar with legal scholarship, bluebooking, and editing guidelines. All these skills will help prepare you for the Write-On competition.
Students planning to take a year or more off before their 2L year must participate in the Write-On Competition immediately following their 1L year and may then defer membership.
No. The California Law Review only considers the Comment, the editing packet, and the personal statement. We are unique in that we do not consider grades and we believe this fits within the nature of Berkeley Law and gives each student an equal chance to display the skills necessary to be a California Law Review editor. However, past experience with legal scholarship, bluebooking, and editing will show through, and we suggest you participate in other Berkeley Law journals to gain these skills.
On average, about 130 students complete the packet and we accept between 50-60 of those students. On average, 25 students participate in the transfer Write-On and we accept about 8. The number of students we accept is subject to change.