Becoming a Member


last updated 3/3/2014

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of California Law Review (CLR).  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 Yvonne Chi.

General Requirements

To become a member of CLR, students must satisfy the following preliminary requirements:

(1) Applicant must be a student registered at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in one of the following programs:

  • JD
  • Concurrent Degree Programs
    • JD/JSP
    • JD/MA (four years)
    • JD/MA/PhD (Economics Department, JSP)
    • JD/MBA (Haas)
    • JD/MCP (Department of City and Regional Planning)
    • JD/MJ (Graduate School of Journalism)
    • JD/MPP (Goldman School of Public Policy)
    • JD/MSW (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 JD 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) publishing a piece on CLR.

(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 10-day competition, applicants complete a casenote, editing packet, and a personal statement.  Membership decisions are made solely on these components.  Grades are not considered.  Both successful continuing student applicants and transfer students will be notified over the summer, prior to On-Campus Interview Week, and start membership duties in the fall semester.  Please see the Write-On Competition page for more information.

(2) Publishing a piece on CLR

CLR welcomes submission of student pieces from Berkeley Law students pursuing JD 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 Notes and Comments for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Thursday, July 10 and end on Saturday, July 19, 2014.  Please note that transfers do not have to have gained admission to (or committed to attending) Berkeley Law prior to participation on the transfer Write-On.

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 LLM, JSP, or JSD student.  May I become a member?

At this time, LLM, JSP, and JSD students may not become members of CLR. If you are also completing another degree listed under the General Requirements (above), you may participate.

The California Law Review is the preeminent legal publication at the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Founded in 1912, CLR publishes six times per year on a variety of engaging topics in legal scholarship.
The law review is edited and published entirely by students at Berkeley Law.