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Rising second-year students are eligible to participate in the Florida Law Review membership competition, which is given in the early summer after their first year. The competition consists of an essay and a Bluebook exam and is administered through Westlaw’s TWEN system.
While some members are selected based on their stellar academic performance, all students, regardless of their class standing, must participate in the competition to receive an invitation to join the Florida Law Review. To maintain the integrity of the selection process, participants’ names are unknown to the selection committee.
Transfer students with four semesters remaining may also participate in a similar competition that is held in the fall.
Once admitted onto the Florida Law Review, members have the primary responsibility of conducting preliminary research edits on articles selected for publication. Additionally, they spend their first year writing a Note, or in-depth legal essay, on a topic of their choice. At the end of the spring semester, many of these Notes are selected for publication in an upcoming issue of the Florida Law Review.
Thank you for your interest in the Florida Law Review. Please direct questions about membership to our Executive Notes & Comments Editor. During the spring semester, the Florida Law Review will conduct orientation meetings to answer questions for anyone interested in becoming a member.
Law Review Information Session:
Monday, April 9th at Noon in 285B
Bluebook Help Session:
Monday, April 16 at Noon in Holland Hall 180
Law Review Open House:
2018 Membership Competition Bluebook Exam:
Will be available on Saturday, May 12th and Saturday, May 19th
2018 Membership Competition Essay:
Will be released on Friday, May 25th and must be submitted by Sunday, June 3th at 11:59 p.m.
Executive Notes & Comments Editor:
Suggested Reading / Exercises:
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
– The Bluebook Online
– LexisNexis Bluebook Citation Workstation
– Strunk & White, The Elements of Style
– Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing
– Richard C. Wydick, Plain English for Lawyers