Joining Law Review
The Wake Forest Law Review extends invitations to approximately twenty percent of each rising 2L class and to any rising 3L student who enters the top ten percent of the class at the end of their second year. Law Review members are selected in two ways. First, students ranked in the top ten percent (rounded off) of their class after completion of the first or second year of law school may “grade on” to Law Review. Second, a number of students equal to the rising 2Ls who grade on are invited to join the Law Review based upon their performance in a writing competition and their first-year grades. JD/MBA students may only participate in the writing competition at the end of their first year of law school.
The first-year writing competition takes place during the period immediately following spring semester exams and lasts for approximately two weeks. The participants write a “mini-Note” using only the cases and materials provided in the competition packet. All students invited to join the Law Review are notified during the latter part of July and must accept membership in writing within a specified period. All new staff members must return to Wake Forest for orientation, instruction, and/or editorial work before classes begin.
Students who transfer to Wake Forest beginning with their 2L year may also become members of the Law Review based on a separate writing competition that commences immediately after classes begin in August. All transfer students are notified of the exact dates of the competition via email. Transfer students who participate in the writing competition are subject to all of the requirements applicable to the first-year writing competition. Transfer students who are not extended an invitation through the write-on competition are again considered for membership on the Wake Forest Law Review after their 2L year if their grades place them in the top ten percent of their class.