2018 Write-On Competition

Although Berkeley Law has thirteen student-run law reviews and journals, only one of them, the California Law Review, runs a write-on competition to accept new members. CLR is pleased to announce the 2018 membership selection process for first-year students at Berkeley Law, as well as transfer applicants.


Write-On Competition for Berkeley Law 1st Years

This year the Write-On for current first-year students at Berkley Law will begin on:

Thursday, May 10, at 12:00pm 
and end on Sunday, May 20, at 12:00pm PT

Write-On participants must register between Monday, March 12 and Thursday, May 10. Registration forms will be distributed via the bCourses page and completed forms should be turned in on bCourses or to Maro in the main office. Please email the Senior Development Editor to be added to the bCourses page at anaduong831@berkeley.edu.

Successful participants who are invited to join California Law Review’s membership will be expected to contribute to annual membership dues, provided that this does not create a financial burden. New members will also be expected to attend a CLR orientation. The date for orientation is still being determined but we are asking all applicants to reserve the weekend before school starts, August 18 and 19.

Write-On Competition for Transfer Students

Any potential transfer student may take part in the write-on regardless of whether he or she has yet been accepted or committed to Berkeley Law. The Write-On competition for potential transfer students will begin on:

Thursday, July 5, at 5:00pm
and end on Saturday, July 15, 2016, at 5:00pm PT

Those who wish to participate should email Senior Development Editor Ana Duong at anaduong831@berkeley.edu by July 1, 2018. In the body of the email, please provide the following information:

  • Your first, middle, and last name;
  • Preferred email address;
  • phone number; and
  • birth date

Successful participants who are invited to join California Law Review’s membership will be expected to contribute to annual membership dues, provided that this does not create a financial burden. New members will also be expected to attend a CLR orientation. The date for orientation is still being determined but we are asking all applicants to reserve the weekend before school starts, August 18 and 19.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there opportunities to learn more about California Law Review and the Write-On through my student groups?

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 anaduong831@berkeley.edu 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!

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 mid July before their 2L year.

May I participate in more than one California Law Review Write-On Competition?

No. Each applicant may only participate in one California Law Review-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 2017 Write-On Competition?

The Write-On for 1Ls will be held from Thursday, May 10 at 12:00 pm to Sunday, May 20 at 12:00 pm PT in 2018.

When will I hear about the Write-On?

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.

How can I prepare for the Write-On Competition?

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.

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 the California Law Review consider resumes, past experience, or grades to make membership decisions?

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.

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.