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University of Cincinnati Law Review

Join the Law Review

What Law Review is

The Law Review consists of approximately twenty third year student editors and thirty second-year associate members. While membership on Law Review is competitive, the rewards are significant. Law Review members cultivate valuable research and writing skills, making them strong candidates in the job market. They also learn a great deal about editing, citing, and evaluating articles during their tenure on the journal.

Why Law Review matters

Many employers often expect Law Review participation. A number of our former members have gone on to work at very successful law firms of varying sizes and to obtain prestigious clerkships around the country.

The selection process

Each year, approximately thirty second-year students are invited to join the Law Review. Their selection is based on a combination of GPA (50%) and a write-on competition (50%) held each year in the early summer.

The competition is run by the Notes and Comments Chair, and the papers are evaluated by third-year student editors. More details about the competition are available each spring.

As GPA makes up only 50% of the overall admission decision, we encourage anyone with interest in the Law Review to apply for membership, regardless of GPA. For more information about the selection process, please contact our Notes and Comments Chair, Kacey Marr, at

The role of an associate member

Associate members earn two credits per semester and satisfy their graduation writing requirement. Each semester, associate members write either a casenote or a comment (a casenote discusses one particular case, while a comment discusses a particular topic or theme) and ten of these papers are published. In addition to writing their own student articles, associate members are also responsible for some citation-checking exercises and may be involved in other projects.

The role of the editorial board

Following the second year of law school, associate members run for and elect an editorial board by selecting officers from among their classmates. The Editor-in-Chief, who manages the entire journal, and the Executive Editor, who oversees much of the publication process, each receive three credit hours per semester. Other editors receive two hours per semester, and fill a variety of roles, including selecting which articles to publish, reviewing article citations, and assisting associate members as they draft their articles. The journal also accepts third-year Contributing Members who write one casenote or comment, over the course of two semesters. Elections and job descriptions are available each spring.