Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of California Law Review. Students may seek membership after completion of their first year of study at Berkeley Law.
If you have any questions about becoming a member after reviewing the information below, please contact Senior Development Editor Cali Tran.
To become a member of California Law Review, students must satisfy the following preliminary requirements:
(1) Applicant must be a student registered at Berkeley Law in one of the following programs:
- Concurrent Degree Programs
- J.D./M.A. (four years)
- J.D./M.A./Ph.D. (Economics Department, JSP)
- J.D./M.B.A. (Haas)
- J.D./M.C.P. (Department of City and Regional Planning)
- J.D./M.J. (Graduate School of Journalism)
- J.D./M.P.P. (Goldman School of Public Policy)
- J.D./M.S.W. (Graduate School of Social Welfare)
(2) Applicant must have completed one year of study at Berkeley Law.
(3) Applicant must not have already received a J.D. at Berkeley Law or any other law school.
Ways to Become a Member
There are two ways to become a member of CLR: (1) Write-On Competition; or (2) “Publish-On” competition.
(1) Write On Competition
This competition is held annually after the completion of the spring semester for rising second-year students and in the beginning of the fall semester for transfer students. During the 12-day competition, applicants complete a casenote, editing packet, and a personal statement. Membership decisions are made solely on these components. Grades and past experience are not considered. Successful continuing student applicants will be notified over the summer and start membership duties in the fall semester. Successful transfer student applicants will be notified in late September/early October and start membership duties immediately.
(2) Publish On
CLR welcomes submission of student pieces from Berkeley Law students pursuing J.D. and concurrent degree programs. If a submission is accepted for publication before September 1 of the student’s 3L year, an offer of membership may accompany the publication offer.
Please see the Submissions Page for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Details about the 2013 Write On Competition can be found here.
How can transfer students become members of CLR?
CLR holds an annual transfer Write-On Competition for those who transferred after their 1L year. This year, the transfer write-on will begin on July 13 and end on July 24, 2012. Please note that there is no requirement to have been accepted to, or to have committed to attending, Berkeley Law prior to participation.
Does CLR consider or transfer membership from another law review?
CLR does not consider membership on another law review to select our membership, and does not transfer membership from another law review to CLR. Each transfer must participate in the write-on competition and membership decisions will be made based on the competition materials only.
I am a LL.M., JSP, or JSD student. May I become a member?
At this time, LL.M., JSP, and JSD students may not become members of CLR. If you are also completing another degree listed above, you may participate.