The 2014 Write-On Competition Information
The 2014 California Law Review (CLR) Write-On will start the day following spring semester finals, on Friday, May 9th, at 10:00 a.m. and end on Sunday, May 18th, at 7:00 p.m. For transfer students, the Transfer Write-On will begin on Thursday, July 10, at 9:00 a.m. PST and end on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 11:59:59 p.m. PST. CLR will contact successful transfers by August 1. 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.
Please see below for our schedule of recruitment workshops, trainings, and happy hours!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I learn more about the Write-On?
You should attend the Write-On Workshops (assigned by WOA Sections) on Tuesday, March 11th, 6:00–7:30 p.m. in room 105 (Defendant Sections: A, C, E, G, I & K) and Tuesday, March 18th, 6:00–7:30 p.m. in room 100 (Plaintiff Sections: B, D, F, H, J & L)! These workshops are a fantastic opportunity to learn more detailed information about each component of the Write-On, and will be facilitated by current CLR members who can speak with you about any questions you have about writing on and what it is like to be a member of CLR. You can also reach out to current CLR 2L and 3L members for advice about the Write-On—we went through the Write-On and are happy to offer you support and encouragement! Additionally, student organizations will be holding CLR info sessions and Write-On workshops, and these are great opportunities to learn more about writing on and the many benefits of joining CLR! Finally, join us for the CLR Open House on Tuesday, February 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the CLR Office and for our Annual Happy Hour (TBA) on Thursday, March 20 from 5:00–7:00 p.m.!
Are there opportunities to learn more about CLR and the Write-On through my student groups?
Yes! CLR is happy to support student groups who want to learn more about CLR and the Write-On. If your student group is interested in organizing a workshop with a group of students, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Finally, don't hesitate to reach out to CLR 3L members in your student groups. 2L members may not provide samples of their successful Write-On materials and 2L members other than a Development Editor may not provide training, but 3L members can provide support and mentorship in these ways. Both 2L and 3L members are excited to answer your questions and give you advice!
Who may participate in the Write-On Competition?
Students pursuing the following degrees may participate in the Write-On Competition: JD, JD with concurrent degree.
When may I participate in the Write-On Competition?
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 early July before their 2L year.
May I participate in more than one CLR Write-On Competition?
No. Each applicant may only participate in one CLR-sponsored competition. "Participate" includes those who apply but do not complete the components.
Where does the competition take place? What if I will not be in Berkeley during the competition?
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.
What are the dates of the 2014 Write-On Competition?
The Write-On for 1Ls will be held from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 18 in 2014.
When will I hear about the Write-On?
CLR 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.
How can I prepare for the Write-On Competition?
You will not know the case or subject of the casenote 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.
I am a 1L and I plan to take a year or more off before starting my 2L year? Can I participate in the Write-On and when should I?
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.
Will CLR consider resumes, past experience, or grades to make membership decisions?
No. CLR only considers the casenote, 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 CLR 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.
How many students participate and how many are accepted?
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.
Write-On Disability Policy
The California Law Review will give reasonable accommodations during the Write-On Competition to students with disabilities in the following manner. On the sign-up sheet for the Write-On, students who are requesting reasonable accommodations must check a box indicating that they will meet with Berkeley Law Director of Student Services Ms. Natividad prior to the Write-On. Ms. Natividad and the student will discuss the accommodations requested, and Ms. Natividad will grant or deny the accommodations. Ms. Natividad will communicate the accommodations granted to California Law Review only through the Senior Development Editor Yvonne Chi to facilitate. For the purposes of granting accommodations, students will receive the accommodations they receive on other similar take-home exams.
2014 Registration Information
Registration for the 2013 California Law Review Write-On begins Friday, April 4 and ends on Sunday, April 27. Registration will be held online.
There will not be a Registration fee for the 2014 Write-On Competition. Successful participants who are invited to join CLR’s membership will be expected to contribute to an annual membership fee.
This section will be updated with the Online Registration Form when the registration period opens.
2014 Write-On Competition Events
The Development Department of the California Law Review is pleased to announce the 2014 membership selection process for first-year students at Berkeley Law, known as the Write-On.
CLR Open House:
Tuesday, February 25th: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
CLR Office (Student Center)
Come meet current CLR members and ask them about CLR and their Write-On experience. CLR will provide snacks and answers!
Write-On Workshop #1 (WOA Defendant Sections: A, C, E, G, I & K):
Tuesday, March 11th: 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Room 105 ~ Dinner Will Be Served
This Workshop is designed for 1Ls in WOA Sections A, C, E, G, I & K only (whose Final WOA Briefs were due on March 7th). Members of the CLR editorial team will walk participants through the logistics of the Write-On, talk about workload commitments as a member on California Law Review, and provide details for each Write-On component. Attendance is highly recommended.
Write-On Workshop #2 (WOA Plaintiff Sections: B, D, F, H, J & L):
Tuesday, March 18th: 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Room 100 ~ Dinner Will Be Served
This Workshop is identical to Write-On Workshop #1, and is designed for 1Ls in WOA Sections B, D, F, H, J & L only (whose Final WOA Briefs were due on March 14th). Members of the CLR editorial team will walk participants through the logistics of the Write-On, talk about workload commitments as a member on California Law Review, and provide details for each Write-On component. Attendance is highly recommended.
CLR Happy Hour:
Thursday, March 20th: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
(TBA) ~ Drinks and Snacks for Early Birds on CLR
Come join CLR at (TBA) for our annual happy hour event! You can ask questions about the Write-On, or just relax on a nice spring afternoon. This event is open to the entire Boalt community. 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and faculty are all welcome!
Write-On Hands-On Training:
Tuesday, April 1st: 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Room 105 ~ Dinner Will Be Served
This training will be held for all 1Ls who would like hands-on exposure to components in the Write-On prior to the Write-On period. Members of the Development Department will lead a training based on examples of casenotes and editing packets from previous years’ Write-On Competitions.
Informal Office Hours:
CLR Office (Student Center)
CLR members will be holding a number of office hours in the Student Center throughout the month of April to answer any questions that may arise after all the workshops and trainings, and as the Write-On approaches. Stay tuned for email announcements regarding when they are held!
Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 27
Registration will take place online. This page will be updated with the Online Registration Form when the registration period opens.
Friday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. – Sunday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.
All other relevant information will be provided to you at the meetings listed above. We look forward to seeing you there! Questions? Please please them to Senior Development Editor Yvonne Chi.
Sunday, August 24. Time and location TBA.
2014 Personal Statement Prompt
CLR seeks a membership with varied backgrounds and interests. To this end, you may consider discussing how your background, life or work experiences, culture, and perspectives would contribute to the diversity of the entering class. If applicable, you may also describe any adversity that you have overcome, including discrimination, linguistic barriers, or a personal or family history of educational or socioeconomic disadvantage. Most importantly, please illustrate how any of these relevant factors affect the way you think about legal scholarship and the ways you can uniquely contribute to the work and community of CLR.