Approximately thirty second-year and third-year law students staff the Golden Gate University Law Review each year. Membership in the Law Review is among the highest honors and responsibilities that a student can receive during his or her law school career. Membership provides students with an opportunity to develop their skills in legal research, writing, and analysis.
Membership in the Golden Gate University Law Review is by invitation only. Students become eligible to join the Law Review after completing the twenty-nine units of the required first-year classes. Typically, this means that full-time students are eligible for membership after completing their first year and part-time students are eligible after completing their second year.
Early in the summer, students identified by the Office of the Registrar as being in the top 10% of their class will be invited to join the Golden Gate University Law Review.
Invitations will also be extended on the basis of a student’s performance in a write-on competition conducted shortly after the Spring semester. In addition to superior performance in the competition, write-on candidates must meet a minimum academic requirement of a class ranking within the top 35% of the student’s class. Writing and Research grades will also be considered.
Membership in the Law Review is a two-year commitment. Members earn six academic credits total. Two units are awarded for the Fall semester and one unit for the Spring semester each year.
In their first year on Law Review, students write a Case Note or Comment for potential publication, spending the year researching and writing their articles.
The requirements for members in their second year on Law Review are predominantly editorial. As an Associate Editor or member of the Editorial Board, students are responsible for mentoring first-year writers, editing student works, and selecting and editing outside authors’ manuscripts for publication in the Law Review.