Eligibility Requirements - Enrolled, non-graduate students in the JD Program are eligible to apply for membership with a 3.0 grade or higher in Research and Writing and Scholarly Writing; a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of applying; and a Bluebook test score of 70% or higher. Applicants that do not meet the eligibility standards are presumed to be ineligible for membership on Law Review, but this presumption may be rebutted if an applicant provides information requested by the Voting Board, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Law Journal Participation Information - If an applicant is a member of the Law Journal Board or holds a position higher than an associate, the applicant is ONLY eligible to apply for a Law Review Associate Editor position. If the applicant holds an associate position for another publication, the applicant may only apply for a Law Review Associate Editor or Assistant Editor position.
- Review our Bylaws (pdf)
- Please see the 'Thomas M. Cooley Law Review - Membership Application and Interviews' TWEN page in the Portal for available positions and current application.
Interviews - All applicants must interview for membership; professional attire is required. For each desired position, the applicant is evaluated based on skills, experience, work and education history, and time availability to determine if the applicant can valuably contribute to the Law Review and successfully perform the duties and responsibilities required for the position. In addition, the following factors are considered:
- Bluebook test score.
- Timely submission of Scholarly Writing assignments (i.e. Bluebook test, membership application).
- Research and Writing grade.
- Applicant’s reasons for seeking Law Review membership.
- Value added by the applicant to the Law Review and to the desired position(s).
- Overall interview and presentation including candid and thorough responses, eye contact, preparation, and communication skills.
In-person interviews are strongly preferred. However, if the applicant cannot interview in person, permission for a telephone interview must be secured from the Managing Editor by the date specified. If the interview is conducted by phone, the applicant may ONLY apply for an Associate Editor position. The applicant should be aware of and prepare for the challenges presented by a telephone interview.
- Selection Process - The Voting Board of Editors will evaluate and vote on each applicant. A majority vote is required for an applicant to be selected for Law Review membership or for a specific position. The Managing Editor will notify applicants of interview results via email. If the applicant has not completed Scholarly Writing, membership is contingent on the applicant receiving a 3.0 grade or higher.
By: Brandon Thomson
Assistant Solicitation Editor, 2014
"Membership on the Law Review has far exceeded my expectations. I have had the opportunity to mastermind with the best and the brightest at Cooley on a regular basis, and my networking opportunities have been fantastic. Through my Law Review position, I have met several attorneys in the field that I plan on practicing with. I highly recommend Law Review membership."
By: Paul Friener
Editor in Chief, 2012-2013
"This is an intellectual journey that I encourage everyone to embark upon. There are only so few academic experiences that allow you to grow as a professional and to work alongside the brightest students at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. We always said–because everyone at every other law school said– that the Law Review is the most prestigious organization at school. This is half true; the other half is that you must bring the prestige to the positions that each of you will hold during your Law Review tenure. It’s an honor to serve on the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review because it tells employers that you are willing to put in hours of hard work, you are diligent in completing your tasks, and you understand that others are relying on you to pull your own weight. And everyone plays a role as each step in the editing process is integral to its success, and the Law Review can only function as a whole. Every member has an equally vested interest in this publication, so every term the Law Review members undertake the responsibility and commitment together."
By: Kyle Robert Quigley
Preemption and Screening Editor, 2013
"My participation with the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review has been a fantastic opportunity. As a Preemption and Screening Editor, I was exposed to the writings of both legal professionals and students from other schools on a wide variety of topics and issues concerning those in our field. Later on, I was able to mentor the junior editors serving in my position. I genuinely believe that my work with the Law Review has given me real-world experience that will go a long way to helping me establish myself as a practicing attorney once I graduate."