Student edited law reviews provide the most important forums for American legal scholarship. The Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review (ELR), Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review (ILR), and Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review (LLR) are student-run publications that provide their members intensive research, writing, and editing experiences while advancing overall intellectual understanding of the law. Both staff members in their first year of service and those returning for a second year as editors are awarded academic credit on a Pass/Fail basis for satisfactory completion of their responsibilities. All three journals select staff members through a single combined annual Write-On Competition. Competitors are called upon to write an essay (“case comment’) of no more than ten pages (including endnotes) based on a packet containing the assigned decision and supporting research materials and complete a citation exercise in which they correct a series of representative law review footnotes containing various styling and formatting errors. You may apply to one, two, or all three of Loyola’s law reviews through this competition; we encourage applying to all three to maximize your chances of selection.
Write-On Competition Sign Up
All students interested in participating in this year’s Write-On Competition need to register by completing the form accessible via this link on or after March 20, 2023:
Completing the form will result in you being assigned a three-digit packet number which you will use to identify your submission in the blindly-graded competition process in lieu of your student ID number. Without a packet competition number, you CANNOT participate in the write-on competition, so completion of the E-Form is essential.
Our IT department will take the information from this e-form and enroll all the entrants in a special Brightspace Write-On Competition “Course.” Once the competition begins on Thursday May 18, 2023, you will be able to access the tryout materials on this course page. Your final entry will just need to be uploaded electronically as an assignment before the final deadline of 11:59 pm on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. There is NO need to submit anything in hard copy. You can complete the competition anywhere in the world; you will just need internet access to submit your final entry.
NOTE: USE BLUEBOOK 21ST EDITION TO COMPLETE ALL PARTS OF THE WRITE-ON PACKET
Obtaining a Hard Copy of the Write-On Competition Materials
All students who sign up for the competition will be able to access the tryout materials online via the dedicated Brightspace Course and can produce paper copies of all or any part of the materials they wish on any printer they have access to. Students signing up via the online form linked above prior to 11:59 pm on April 18, 2023 may also request to receive one printed copy of the competition materials from the law school. There is no cost for copies picked up on campus or mailed to evening students in their first year of contest eligibility (i.e., 1Es applying for transfer to the day division and continuing evening students completing their 2E year). Any other student may have their requested hard copy mailed to them for a $10 fee (payable online when the copy is requested) to cover mailing costs.
Hard copies may be picked up at B-127 between Noon and 5 pm on May 18, 2023. Copies not picked up during that time window will be delivered to the Security Office at the entrance to the parking garage where they may be picked up at any time thereafter. That office is accessible 24/7 throughout the competition period.
**PLEASE BRING AN LLS ID FOR HARD COPY PICK-UP**
You can continue to request an electronic copy even after the competition begins. Students are being given eleven days, including two full weekends, to complete the write-on. Our assessment is that a fully competitive entry can be completed in about 60 hours of work, beginning from the time you first start reading the materials and running through the final upload of your completed entry.
REMINDERS: NO EARLY PICK-UPS. SOMEONE ELSE MAY PICK UP THE PACKET FOR YOU WITH YOUR STUDENT ID. ANY COLLABORATION OR CONSULTING OUTSIDE SOURCES WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE WRITE-ON COMPETITION.
General information sessions about the Write-On Competition process are being held at noon on March 20, 2023 in Donovan Hall (in person) and again that evening from 5-6 pm via Zoom. A recording of the evening session will be posted here once the session is complete:
The downloadable information packet will help you prepare for the Write-On Competition. The document is in Adobe Acrobat format and requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader to download and view.
You may also look at this student sample from a prior WOC. However, DO NOT rely on this sample for grammatical rules or more importantly, for Bluebook rules. It is only a sample student submission.
Loyola Law School complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. Specifically, we provide reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of individual students. If you have a temporary or permanent disability that may require reasonable accommodations during the Write-On Competition, we encourage you to request them as early as possible to enable timely implementation of any approved requests. Please see the Law School's policy and procedures by clicking this link: https://my.lls.edu/studentaffairs/disabilityaccommodations
Any questions about disability accommodations should only be directed to Student Affairs.
Write-On Competition Questions
Prior to the start of the competition, general questions about either the competition or service on a journal should be directed to the Chief Note & Comment editors of the three reviews. For your convenience, we have created a single email address specifically for this purpose:
After noon on Thursday, May 18, 2023, all questions must be directed ONLY to Professor Stephanie Der and the administrative coordinator, Colin Goward using the email address: LRAdmin@lls.edu
DISCLAIMER: DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS IN THE WRITE-ON PACKET SUPERSEDE ANY INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS WEBPAGE OR IN THE VIDEOS.