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CHAPTER I

Membership Eligibility

Section 1.  Eligibility – To be eligible for consideration as an associate member of the New England Law Review, the individual’s grade point average (GPA) must be in the top 50% of his or her Division and the individual must have participated in the annual Summer Writing Competition (Summer Writing Competition) described in Chapter II of these by-laws.

 

Section 2.  Full-Year Commitment.
(a) Associate Members – Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws and the Constitution, all associate members must complete two-full semesters of membership with the New England Law Review to be eligible for full membership and New England Law Review credits.
(b) Editors – Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws and the Constitution, all editors must complete two-full semesters of membership wit the New England Law Review to be eligible for full membership and New England Law Review credits.

 

Section 3.  Membership Requirements – The Editor-in-Chief shall extend an offer of membership on the New England Law Review to any individual student of the New England School of Law, if that individual:
(a) has acquired the proper amount of credits pursuant to Section 4; and
(b) has attained a score in the Summer Writing Competition sufficient to be offered a position on the New England Law Review.  Scores will be determined using the following formulae:
(1) Sixty-Five percent (65%) weighting attributed to the individual’s
cumulative GPA, and
(2) Thirty-Five percent (35%) weighting attributed to the individual’s
Summer Writing Competition Submission.

 

Section 4.  Credits Required for Membership – The Editor-in-Chief shall extend an offer of membership on the New England Law Review to any individual who has received a sufficient score in the Summer Writing Competition and has received the proper amount of academic credits as follows:
a)      First-Year, Day Division Law Students who have acquired at least thirty-one (31) academic credits at the New England School of Law;
b)      First-Year, Evening Division Law Students transferring into the Second-Year Day Division who have acquired at least twenty-five (25) academic credits at the New England School of Law by the end of the first session of the Summer Semester;
c)      Second-Year, Evening Division Law Students who have acquired at least forty-two (42) academic credits at the New England School of Law;
d)      Special Part-Time Law Students who have acquired at least thirty (30) but not more than forty-five (45) academic credits at the New England School of Law;
e)      Student Transferring From Another School must meet all of the following requirements:
i.      Was one of the top three (3) ranked students at his or her law school at the time of transfer;
ii.      Has completed two (2) full day division semesters or four (4) evening division semesters at the law school from which he or she has transferred; and
iii.      Has attained a score in the Summer Writing Competition of 3.0 or greater.

 

Section 5.  Students Not Defined in Previous Sections of This Chapter –Subject to the limitation provided by Section 7 of this Chapter, any individual enrolled as a student at the New England School of Law who has acquired at least thirty-two (32) credits, has at least one full year of study remaining at the New England School of Law, and who is in the top 50% of his or her Division based on GPA shall be permitted to compete in the annual Summer Writing Competition and shall be considered for membership on the New England Law Review. The Editor-in-Chief may extend an offer of membership on the New England Law Review to a maximum of three (3) individuals in this classification at the New England School of Law subject to the requirements listed in Section 3 and Section 4 of this chapter.

 

Section 6.  Vesting of Editorial Membership. An Associate Member will be promoted to editorial membership by the Executive Committee under which the Associate Member served upon the completion of his or her writing requirement and the completion of all other duties of an Associate Member.
(a) To be eligible for promotion, an Associate Member must be favorably evaluated pursuant to the following procedures:
(i)          An Associate Member’s writing requirement will be deemed of publishable quality when accepted as such by a majority vote of that member’s Student Articles Board or Symposium Board; and
(ii)        If an Associate Member, despite his or her diligence and good faith efforts, has been unable to fulfill the writing requirement, the Executive Committee may grant a waiver of the writing requirement.
Section 7.  Limitation on Membership Eligibility – To be considered as a member of the New England Law Review, all individuals shall be enrolled as students at the New England School of Law.  If any member of the New England Law Review transfers to any other law school or ceases to be enrolled as a student at the New England School of Law for any other reason whatsoever, the member shall immediately resign from membership on the New England Law Review.