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Law Review Student Membership

Student Membership

Membership in General

Membership on the Review is limited to those students who have demonstrated excellence in legal scholarship or legal writing.

Membership by Grades

A student becomes a candidate for membership on the Review as follows:

The Editor-in-Chief of the Review extends invitations to candidacy for membership to those students who comprise the top ten percent (10%) of the freshman class of the day division and students who comprise the top ten percent (10%) of the freshman class of the evening division of the Loyola Law School, based on class rankings supplied by the Dean's Office.

However, each student being considered for candidacy must have completely fulfilled the course requirements of the first year of the full or part-time curriculum in which the student originally enrolled.

When a student receives a grade change from any course completed during the fall or spring semester of that student's first year and the grade change causes the student's cumulative grade point average for the fall and spring semesters of the first year to equal or exceed the lowest grade point average that entitled other students to receive an invitation to law review candidacy, the Editor-in-Chief must issue an invitation of candidacy to that student if the grade change occurred on or before the last day of examinations of the fall semester of the student's second year and if the Dean approves the grade change for purposes of law review candidacy. Issuance of such an invitation shall not result in revocation of the membership, candidacy, or invitation to candidacy of any other person.

Membership by Writing

A student may become a candidate for membership on the Review by "writing on."

The Editor-in-Chief conducts a casenote write-on competition with the assistance of the Editorial Board during the summer of each year, beginning shortly after the posting of spring semester rankings and ending approximately six weeks thereafter. The competition is open to any student beginning his second year of law school, either day or night division, who has completed the first year of law school at Loyola, and has achieved a grade point average sufficient to place the student within the top 20% of his first-year class as determined by spring semester rankings. However, each student must have completely fulfilled the course requirements of the first year of the full or part-time curriculum in which the student originally enrolled.

The entries submitted in the casenote writing competition will be evaluated by a reviewing committee of the Editorial Board. The reviewing committee shall select by unanimous vote, from zero to five write-on candidates. The concurrence of the Dean or his nominee from the faculty shall be obtained in evaluating the substantive excellence of the casenote. The Editor-in-Chief will extend invitations to candidacy on the Review to those students whose casenotes demonstrate academic excellence and exceptional legal writing.

Transfer Students

A transfer student may become a candidate for membership on the Review as follows:

Where the transfer student's previous law school certifies that the school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association, and the student's academic rank at the end of his first year of law school is certified by the transferring school to be within the top 10% of his class, the student will be nominated for candidacy on the Loyola Law Review. Candidacy will be formally granted to the transferring student upon the unanimous approval of a 3-person panel consisting of the Loyola Law School Dean, the Law Review Faculty Advisor, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Review.

Where the transfer student's previous law school is not both a member of the Association of American Law Schools and approved by the American Bar Association, the student will be granted candidacy if the student's academic rank at the end of his first year of law school is certified by the transferring school to be within the top 5% of his class, and if a 3-person panel consisting of the Loyola Law School Dean, Law Review Faculty Advisor, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Review unanimously determines that other academically related factors justify a grant of candidacy.

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