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Eligibility

All full-time day division students who have successfully completed two semesters of law school and all part-time day and evening division students who have completed four semesters of law school will have the opportunity to become junior staff members of Review.

If a student has not successfully completed all courses required for the necessary semesters of law school (two for full-time students, four for part-time students), but otherwise meets the law school’s requirements for continued enrollment, that student may participate in the write-on competition that follows the student’s second or fourth semester, as applicable. However, that student will not be eligible for membership on Review for the upcoming year. The Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor may, but will not be obligated to, allow the student to cure the membership eligibility defect over the following academic year, and extend the student an offer to become a junior staff member in the student’s third or fourth year of school, as applicable, contingent upon the student successfully curing the membership eligibility defect. If the student chooses not to participate in the write-on competition following the student’s second or fourth semester, as applicable, the student will not be permitted to participate in a later write-on competition absent the Board finding extenuating circumstances justifying participation. There is no appeal to the Faculty from the Board’s decision.

Write-On Competition

Membership decisions are made according to a tiered evaluation system that is correlated to the students’ class rankings in their respective divisions and sections as well as their overall class rankings, and to performance on the Write-On Competition (“Write-On”).  A student seeking to be a member of Review shall be required to complete the entire Write-On in order to be considered for membership of Review.

(a) Top Tenth Percentile:

  1. All participating students ranked within the top tenth percentile of their respective division and section and/or the top tenth percentile of their overall class who, in the Board’s determination, perform acceptably on the Write-On will be offered Reviewmembership.
  2. If a student ranked within the top tenth percentile does not participate in the Write-On, the student will be given the opportunity to complete the Write-On after rankings are released, and will be offered Review membership upon performing acceptably.

(b) Eleventh to Twenty-Fifth Percentiles:

  1. The Board must offer membership to at least fifty percent of students ranked between the eleventh and twenty-fifth percentiles of their respective division and section and/or between the eleventh and twenty-fifth percentiles of their overall class who perform acceptably on the Write-On.
  2. The Board may offer membership to more than fifty percent of participating students from this grouping.

(c) Discretionary Membership:

  1. Students in good academic standing who ranked outside of both the top twenty-fifth percentile of their respective division and section and the top twenty-fifth percentile of their overall class as well as transfer students who did not have an opportunity to obtain membership upon completing the requisite course of study, may achieve discretionary membership by competing in the Write-On.
  2. Offers of membership from this grouping will be at the discretion of the Board based on Review’s needs.  The decision of the Board in such matters is final and may not be appealed to the Faculty.

(d) Calculating Percentiles:

  1. When calculating the class ranks referenced in this section, only grades in courses required by the Law School curriculum are considered. Furthermore, class ranks are to be calculated using only students remaining after academic dismissal has been imposed at the conclusion of the semester where eligibility for Review membership is calculated.
  2. Should any percentage calculation result in a fractional number, that number must be rounded up to the next whole number, regardless of how small the fraction is, under a policy that is meant to extend membership to the first student whose rank may be just outside the cutoff.

Deferring Membership

If a student competes in the Write-On after the student’s second or fourth semester, as applicable, and receives an offer for membership on Review, that student may request to defer membership until the student’s final year of law school if extenuating circumstances arise. The student seeking such a deferral must submit a timely request in writing to the Editor-in-Chief of Review, explaining the circumstances that would inhibit the student’s membership on Review. The Editor-in-Chief may permit the student to defer membership if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the circumstances warrant such a deferral and that the deferral would not have an adverse effect on Review. The decision of the Editor-in-Chief is final and may not be appealed to the Board or the Faculty.