George Mason Law Review is a student-managed academic journal that publishes five issues a year. Members of GMLR select and edit scholarly articles written by law professors and practitioners that greatly contribute to the field of legal scholarship. Members also have the opportunity to write a casenote or comment, a number of which are published in George Mason Law Review. All first-year students who have a desire to participate in this organization should prepare for both the challenges and the fulfillment of membership. The following list briefly outlines membership requirements and responsibilities:
The Write-On Competition
- Students who wish to become Candidate Members of George Mason Law Review MUST participate in the annual Antonin Scalia Law School Write-On Competition. The Write-On Competition packet is released shortly after the conclusion of spring finals in mid-May.
- Participants in the Write-On Competition write a short casenote or comment using only the cases and articles in the competitor’s packet. No other research is allowed. Participants also must complete a short Bluebook exercise.
- The same casenote or comment can be used for application to George Mason Law Review, Civil Rights Law Journal, Journal of International Commercial Law, Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, and National Security Law Journal.
- For examples of student casenotes and comments published by George Mason Law Review, please see the Issues Page.
- Please see the Write-On Info page for more information regarding the ASLS Write-On Competition.
- The Write-On selection process is conducted anonymously. George Mason Law Review will not know the identities of Write-On participants until after they are selected.
- GMLR can only extend offers of membership to students in the top half of the class, based on cumulative GPA for the first year.
- GMLR extends Candidate Membership offers to approximately thirty to thirty-five students each year.
Candidate and Full Membership
- Candidate Members must complete a footnote editing assignment in mid-August and attend an orientation before the fall semester starts.
- Candidate Members do not become Full Members until they (1) write a casenote or comment of publishable quality; (2) complete all required spading assignments (footnote editing) and other journal work; and (3) complete a training program on writing a casenote or comment.
- Full Members have an opportunity to apply for positions on the Board of Editors in the spring. The new Board will be responsible for managing Law Review the following year.
- George Mason Law Review holds a separate Write-On competition in July for interested transfer applicants. Participants are required to complete a similar assignment to that completed by students who participated in the ASLS student Write-On Competition.
- Please see the Write-On Info page for more information regarding the ASLS Transfer Write-On Competition.
If you have any questions regarding this process, Law Review, or Candidate Membership in general, please contact Editor-in-Chief Lea Schild at firstname.lastname@example.org.