California Law Review runs Berkeley Law’s annual Write-On Competition to accept new members. The 2022 membership selection process is described below.

Watch a recorded panel discussion on “Who Cares About Law Review, Anyway?” hosted at Berkeley Law on October 24, 2019, to learn more about the California Law Review.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! California Law Review is happy to support student groups who want to learn more about California Law Review and the Write-On. If your student group is interested in organizing a workshop with a group of students, please Chantel Johnson at with your request. Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to 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!

Students pursuing the following degrees may participate in the Write-On Competition:
  • JD
  • JD with concurrent degree.
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.
No. Each applicant may only participate in one California Law Review-sponsored Write-On Competition. “Participate” includes those who apply but do not complete the components.
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.
The Write-On for 1Ls will be held from Thursday, May 12 at 12:00pm PT to Sunday, May 22 at 12:00pm PT in 2022.
For transfer students, dates for the Write-On Competition have not yet been decided, but more information will be available during summer 2022.
California Law Review is hosting information sessions and workshops explaining every component of the Write-On. In 2022:
  • The information sessions will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd and Thursday, February 24th from 5:30pm-6:30pm PT. You may attend either of the information sessions.
  • The mandatory trainings will take place on Wednesday, March 9th and Thursday, March 10th from 5:30pm-7:45pm PT. You must attend one of these trainings.
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.
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.
No. California Law Review only considers the student comment, the editing packet, and the personal statement. We are unique in that we do not consider grades, therefore giving 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.
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.