2016 Write-On Competition

Write-On Competition for Berkeley Law 1st Years
will start on the day following spring semester finals:

Thursday, May 12th, at 12:00pm 
and end on Sunday, May 22nd, at 12:00pm PST

Write-On Competition for Transfer Students:

Thursday, July 7, at 12:00pm
and end on Saturday, July 17, 2016, at 12:00pm PST

The California Law Review will contact successful transfers by August 8. Transfers do not have to have gained admission to, or committed to attending Berkeley Law prior to participation on the transfer Write-On.

Membership Selection
The California Law Review is pleased to announce the 2016 membership selection process for first-year students at Berkeley Law, known as the Write-On.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2016 California Law Review Write-On begins on:
Friday, April 8 and ends on Sunday, May 1.

Registration forms will be distributed via the mailing list, and completed forms should be turned in to Maro in the main office. 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.

Events

California Law Review Open House, Tuesday, February 25th, 5:00–7:00pm

California Law Review Office (Student Center)

Come meet current California Law Review members and ask them about the California Law Review and their Write-On experience. The California Law Review will provide snacks and answers!

California Law Review Open House: Tuesday, February 25th, 5:00–7:00pm

California Law Review Office (Student Center)

Come meet current California Law Review members and ask them about the California Law Review and their Write-On experience. The California Law Review will provide snacks and answers!

Write-On Workshop 1 (Plaintiff Side), Monday, March 7th, 6:00–7:30pm

WOA Plaintiff Sections
Room 110 – Dinner Will Be Served

Members of the CLR editorial team will walk participants through the logistics of the Write-On and provide details for each Write-On component. Attendance is highly recommended.

Write-On Workshop 2 (Defense Side), Tuesday, March 8th, 6:00–7:30pm


WOA Defense Sections
Room 110 – Dinner Will Be Served

Members of the CLR editorial team will walk participants through the logistics of the Write-On and provide details for each Write-On component. Attendance is highly recommended.


CLR Meet and Greet, Sponsored by Foley & Lardner, Thursday, March 31st, 6:00-8:00pm

Bancroft Hotel – Drinks and Snacks for Early Birds on the California Law Review

Come join the California Law Review at Bancroft 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! This event is generously sponsored by Foley & Lardner, and some practitioners will be present to discuss the benefits of Law Review in your later career.

Mentorship Assignment and Informal Write-On Training Period, Friday, April 1st-Sunday, May 1st

Sign up for a mentor either at the initial trainings or through the online survey that follows. You will be matched in mentorship teams with a current CLR member, who can offer individual guidance and support as the Write-On approaches.

Informal Office Hours, Friday, April 1st-Sunday, May 1st

California Law Review Office (Student Center)

California Law Review 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!

Write-On Registration, Friday, April 1st-Sunday, May 1st

Registration forms will be distributed via the mailing list, and completed forms should be turned in to Maro in the main office.

Write-On Period, Thursday, May 12th 12:00pm – Sunday, May 22nd, 12:00pm

All other relevant information will be provided to you at the meetings listed above. We look forward to seeing you there! Questions? Please send them to Senior Development Editor Bre Jones (bkjones17@berkeley.edu).

Orientation, Sunday, August 28th

Time and location TBA.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about the Write-On?

You should attend the Write-On Workshops (assigned by WOA Sections) on Monday, March 7, 6:00–7:30 p.m. in room 110 (Plaintiff Side) and Tuesday, March 8, 6:00–7:30 p.m. in room 110 (Defense Side)! These workshops are a fantastic opportunity to learn more detailed information about each component of the Write-On, and will be facilitated by current California Law Review members who can speak with you about any questions you have about writing on and what it is like to be a member of the California Law Review. You can also reach out to current California Law Review 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 California Law Review info sessions and Write-On workshops, and these are great opportunities to learn more about writing on and the many benefits of joining the California Law Review! We will also be holding informal office hours at the California Law Review Office in the Student Center throughout the month of April. Finally, join us for the California Law Review Meet and Greet, sponsored by Foley & Lardner, March 31 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bancroft Hotel.

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 bkjones17@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 2016 Write-On Competition?

The Write-On for 1Ls will be held from Thursday, May 12 at 12:00 pm to Sunday, May 22 at 12:00 pm PST in 2016.

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.