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Willamette Law Review is the oldest academic journal on campus, and publishes three issues each year. To join law review, the top third of the 1L class is invited to participate in a write-on competition the summer after their 1L year.  After serving for a year on law review, members may run for editorial board positions through an election process by other law review members. It is an academic honor to be invited to join law review, and an excellent addition to a student’s resume.

Law review publishes articles from a variety of authors with a J.D.  These authors do not need to be affiliated with Willamette University, and usually engage in substantive legal analysis on an assortment of current issues. In addition, current Willamette Law students have the opportunity to write a “note” or “comment” for the journal. Regular articles and student notes and comments go through the same publishing process – they are subject to rejection or acceptance by the Articles Editor or Editor-in-Chief.  After acceptance, members of law review thoroughly edit and verify the sources contained in the article. Generally speaking, the student notes and comments go into less depth than published articles written by authors with J.D.’s.

The school also hosts several other law journals. For example, Willamette Law has journals about environmental law, international law and dispute resolution, and social justice and equality. Those all have separate editorial boards from Willamette Law Review. To read more, click here.

For further questions about Willamette Law Review, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Melissa Vollono (mvollono@willamette.edu) or the Managing Editor, Anne Wynn (aswynn@willamette.edu).


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