Law journals are the academic journals of the legal community. They are unique among scholarly journals because they are managed and staffed exclusively by students rather than by professional societies or independent publishers. The Lincoln Memorial University Law Review is an independently run organization staffed entirely by Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law students.
Each spring, following the end of the school semester, a Write-On Competition is held for new membership selection. Each year, the Law Review identifies a goal in the number of offers for membership it will extend; however, the exact number of offers remains flexible in order to serve the changing needs of the Law Review and to allow for any year-to-year variations in the quality of the writing competition entries. Selections will be based on students’ performance during the Write-On Competition.
Personal letters will be sent by the Editor-in-Chief upon scoring completion, informing all participants of their outcome in the selection process. Students who are extended an invitation to join the Law Review are required to execute a Membership Agreement to secure candidacy on the Law Review. Because membership is a two-year commitment, full-time students must apply by the end of their first year while part-time students must apply at the end of their first and/or second year.
Students become eligible for membership on the Law Review at the end of the spring semester if:
- The student has completed at least 30 semester hours;
- The student has completed Lawyering Skills I and II; and
- The student has maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Any student who is a Law Review member is not precluded from simultaneously participating in Moot Court or Mock Trial.
While the format, length, and requirements of the Write-On Competition are determined by the Board of Editors each year, the competition generally consists of three components: 1) a spading exercise; 2) a student written memo; and 3) points allocated for participants’ GPA. Competition materials and instructions will be posted on the Write-On Competition TWEN page and will be made available during the competition dates.
Assignments will be submitted and graded anonymously. Each competitor is assigned a unique number, generated automatically by the TWEN anonymous grading system.
Students competing in the Write-On Competition are required to work INDEPENDENTLY, observing the rules found under the Code of Academic Integrity in the Student Handbook.