New England Law Review

Membership Information

The New England Law Review consists of approximately fifty second- and third-year law students at New England Law | Boston in Boston, Massachusetts and is led by an Executive Board.

To become a member of the Law Review, students completing their first-year in the top fifty percent of their class may participate in the write-on competition. This competition takes place after grades have been reported for the spring semester. Based on performance in this competition, approximately twenty five- thirty students are invited to join the Law Review, beginning in the Fall semester of their second year. Second-year evening students are also eligible to participate in the write-on competition.

Responsibilities of Staff Members

Staff members have numerous responsibilities. These duties include source assertion verification, office hours, article evaluation, and writing a publishable Comment and Note. Prospective members should be aware that new Associates are required to participate in an orientation prior to the start of fall semester classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the dates for the 2019 write-on competition?

A: The write-on competition is held during the summer. The exact dates when we will be holding the write-on are not yet finalized, but will be communicated to the student body (along with further information about the application process) as that time approaches.

Q: What are the standards that must be met to be eligible to compete in the write-on competition?

A: (1) you have completed at least 31 credits (the equivalent of completing 1L year at full-time hours) at the time of the write on competition;
(2) you have at least one year of study remaining at the school; and
(3) you are in the top 50% of your division based on GPA.

Q: What is the time commitment associated with being a member of Law Review?

A: Associate members of Law Review will have assigned weekly office hours, editing duties and will complete writing requirements during their first year as members. Please see the “Responsibilities of a Staff Member” section above for more details. Being a member of law review is a great opportunity, and an opportunity that requires a time commitment to be a productive member.

Q: What is a Case Comment and Note and how does Comment/Note writing differ from Legal Research & Writing?

A: As an associate of the New England Law Review you will write a Case Comment in the fall semester and a Note in the spring. A Comment will generally analyze a single case and discuss the legal impact of the decision. In contrast, a Note will analyze an area of the law, focusing on specific issues, cases, and legislation. This type of writing is traditionally categorized as academic writing and widely differs from your assignments in Legal Research & Writing. Some of the key differences include the style of writing, the audience, and the length. A Comment typically ranges from 20-35 pages, while a Note ranges from 40-55 pages.

Q: Are some students offered membership based on grades?

A: There is a small percentage of students who will be able to become members by “grading-on.” These are students who represent the top of their respective divisions. The exact percentage varies from year to year, and is based on the total number of students in each class at the end of the semester and the estimated size of the Law Review for the coming year. Students who qualify to grade-on will be notified before the start of the write-on competition. These notifications will be sent as soon as the Registrar finalizes grades.

Q: Is there any difference in membership status for those that “write-on” and those that “grade-on”?

A: No, all incoming members take the title of Associate Member and will have the same duties and opportunities. The Law Review does not announce which Associate Members “graded-on” or “wrote-on,” and your path to membership does not affect your future experience on Law Review.

Q:  Can you join Law Review for only your 3L year (the equivalent of 4L, for evening students), or do you need to commit to both years?  And does it require both semesters?  Is there any disadvantage for only participating for one year instead of two?

A: You can definitely attempt to write-on to the New England Law Review for just your 3L (4LE) year. You just have to meet the following qualifications:

(1) you have completed at least 31 credits (the equivalent of completing 1L year at full-time hours) at the time of the write on competition;
(2) you have at least one year of study remaining at the school; and
(3) you are in the top 50% of your division based on GPA.

That being said, there are advantages of becoming a member earlier. All first year associates enter Law Review as Associate Members. After the successful completion of the first year you can then apply for editor positions. If you are just a member during your 3L year, the opportunity to take a leadership role in Law Review will not be available to you. It is also ideal to gain the legal research and writing skills that Law Review helps enforce earlier in your law school journey.

If you are offered membership on Law Review it is a commitment for both semesters. If you become a member during your 2L year there is an assumption that you will rise to an editorship position in your 3L year, and thus the commitment will be for a full two years. Law Review members are able to take some credit hours for participating in Law Review after their first semester. The ability to use these credit hours is also tied to the length of time that you are a member.

Q: What are the benefits of joining Law Review?

A: Because the students on Law Review spend innumerable hours doing in-depth and meticulous research and writing, many employers prefer to interview students who have participated in Law Review. Being a member of the Law Review shows you have strong writing skills, a strong work ethic, and a talent for being detailed. See G.M. Filisko, Law Review: Will It Open Doors for Your Career?, ABA (Mar. 01, 2014).

Q: How do credit hours for Law Review members work?

A: Law Review members are permitted, but not required, to take credit hours that equate to the hours they dedicate to Law Review. After successful completion of the first semester of membership a student can take two credit hours for the second semester. Students who decide to take credit hours turn in a timesheet, so that the Law Review and Registrar can ensure that they are fulfilling their duties, and that the credit is earned appropriately. In your second year of Law Review you can also use credit hours. The max a student can take for their entire time as a member is six credit hours, with no more than four hours used your final semester. There is no grade associated with law review, but hours earned may be used to satisfy the requirements for graduation.

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