Prospective Members

The Northwestern University Law Review seeks highly motivated individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding legal writing ability.


The Law Review selects its members through two separate competitions, one held in the spring, and the other held in the fall. The spring writing competition, which takes place after first-year spring examinations, is the primary method of selection. We offer membership to about 26 students evaluated equally on first-year grades and on the quality of their writing competition entries. An additional 10 offers are extended to students based solely on their writing competition. The fall write-on competition takes place during the fall of the second year and is open only to transfer students and accelerated JD students. The journal extends approximately 4-6 offers per year to participants in this competition.


Students who accept offers for membership on the Law Review become staff members for the duration of their second year. In the spring of their second year, staff members become associate editors or are elected to positions on the editorial board. The responsibilities of second-year Law Review staff members include source and citation checking, substantive evaluation of articles accepted for publication, editing and proofreading manuscripts, performing first-read evaluations of manuscripts submitted for publication, and any clerical tasks that may be necessary. Law Review staff members are also expected to produce a written work of publishable quality, which may be submitted for publication in the spring of the student's second year.  If a student article is selected for publication, it will typically be published in an issue of Law Review during the student's third year. See examples below of recent student articles published in the Law Review.


For further information about Law Review membership, please contact Craig Sanders or Joey Lam.


Sample Student Articles

Linking Rule 9(b) Pleading and the First-to-File Rule to Advance the Goals of the False Claims Act
By Karin Lee

What's at Stake?: Bluman v. Federal Election Commission and the Incompatibility of the Stake-Based Immigration Plenary Power and Freedom of Speech
By Alyssa Markenson

Mug Shot Disclosure Under FOIA: Does Privacy or Public Interest Prevail?
By Kathryn Shephard