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CHAPTER II

Summer Writing Competition

Section 1.  Format and Management of Competition – There shall be annual Summer Writing Competition open to all eligible students of the New England School of Law for membership in this organization under Chapter I.  The Summer Writing Competition shall be held and judged under the direction of the Executive Committee.  In addition, the following guidelines shall be adhered to regarding the Summer Writing Competition:
(a)  Timing – The Summer Writing Competition shall begin within seven (7) days after the issuance of grades for the spring semester final examination period at the New England School of Law.  The competition will end two (2) weeks later, and any entries submitted after that time are foreclosed and ineligible.  Successful entrants shall be notified at least three (3) weeks before the first day of fall semester classes at the New England School of Law.
(b)  Closed Packet Problem – The Summer Writing Competition shall be a closed packet problem.  All necessary research materials and sources shall be provided to every individual entering the competition, by means of a packet containing all of the materials and sources distributed to all entrants of the competition.  This packet will be made available at the Law Library of the New England School of Law and the websites for the New England School of Law and the New England Law Review.
(c)  Writing Sample Produced – The writing sample produced by each entrant in the Summer Writing Competition shall be the product of the sole efforts of that entrant alone. No entrant shall consult with any other entrant or seek any other type of assistance in the Summer Writing Competition, with respect to any aspect thereof.  No member of the New England Law Review shall assist any entrant in the Summer Writing Competition, with respect to any substantive aspect thereof.
(d)  Grading – The evaluation and score of all entries in the Summer Writing Competition shall be:
(i) performed anonymously by the members of the Executive Committee and any other member named by the Executive Committee; and
(ii) weighed pursuant to Chapter I of these bylaws.

 

(e)  Anonymity – The identities of all entrants who submit writing samples for evaluation in the Summer Writing Competition shall remain anonymous until all entries have been evaluated by the members of the Executive Committee.
(f)  Other Rules – The Summer Writing Competition shall also be governed by any rules promulgated by the Executive Committee.  Any such rules shall be consistent with this Chapter, and shall be included with the closed packet of materials and sources distributed to all entrants of the competition.

 

Section 2.  Notice of Competition – The Executive Committee shall provide advance notice of the Summer Writing Competition to the student body of the New England School of Law.  In connection therewith, the Executive Committee shall conduct at least one (1) Informational Meeting, held during the last three (3) weeks of spring semester classes at the New England School of Law, attendance at which is open to any individual who may at any time qualify for membership in this organization under Chapter I.

 

Section 3.  Notification of Transfer Students – The Editor-in-Chief shall maintain on the New England Law Review’s website the proper procedures in which transfer students may gain membership onto the New England Law Review.  No other notice will be sent to transfer students from the New England Law Review.

 

Section 4.  Selection of New England Law Review Members – Where indicated and allowed under Chapter I, the Executive Committee shall select individuals for membership on the New England Law Review from among the entrants in the Summer Writing Competition, subject to the following limitations:
(a) Quantity – Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Executive Committee shall invite thirty (30) students;
(b) Summer Writing Competition Score – The thirty (30) students invited shall have received the top scores in the Summer Writing Competition;
(c) Excellence as Key Criterion – In conjunction with the weighed GPA, the Executive Committee shall base its membership selections upon each entrant’s demonstrated excellence in writing ability, including but not limited to organization, analysis, and writing style;
(d) Further Selection of Members Based Upon the Needs of the New England Law Review –After the completion of all invitations pursuant to the Summer Writing Competition, the Executive Committee may fulfill the membership needs of the New England Law Review by selecting additional students who competed in the Summer Writing Competition and have not accepted an invitation to another journal of the New England School of Law.  However, the Executive Committee shall not extend any additional invitations after one month has elapsed since the start of the Fall semester.

 

Section 5.  Procedure for Invitation to and Acceptance of Associate Membership. Students who qualify for associate membership will be extended an invitation to join the New England Law Review.
(a) This invitation shall include:
(ii) The form and time within which acceptance must be made; and
(iii) A written description of the general duties and responsibilities of an Associate Member.
(b) To become an Associate Member, the student must give to the Editor-in-Chief a written statement of his or her intention to join the New England Law Review within two (2) weeks after the invitation is extended.  Failure to tender such acceptance automatically terminates the offer of membership unless good cause is shown to the Executive Committee.  Any student who accepts an invitation to join is precluded from entry in any writing competition held after that acceptance.