Membership on the University of Memphis Law Review is limited to second- and third-year
law students who are selected based on their performance in a competition held during
the summer of their 1L year.
After successfully completing the required courses of a full-time first year law student,
and achieving a GPA of 2.50 or higher, the law student is eligible to participate
in the summer competition. Part-time law students and transfer students are also
eligible to participate once they have completed the required courses of a full-time
first year law student and have met the GPA requirements. Second-year transfers are
eligible to compete once they complete the second year coursework and have met the
Up to thirty rising 2Ls will be chosen as staff members of the Law Review.
The three highest-ranked students in each section of the first-year class at the end
of the first year will receive automatic invitations to be Law Review staff members
pending completion of the summer competition.
Selection of the other staff members is based on the results of the summer competition,
which is designed to demonstrate the students’ aptitude for legal scholarly writing,
researching, and cite checking.
The competitors are required to write a Case Comment on a recent state or federal
case, as well as complete a citation and editing exam for a piece of unpublished work.
The anonymous competition is scored by the Editorial Board and the top scoring 2Ls
are then selected as Staff Members.
If selected for membership on the Law Review, the duties for 2Ls and 3Ls include line
editing and cite checking the articles chosen for publication. Additionally, 2L members
must write their own work of legal scholarship, the student Note. The Note is roughly
thirty to fifty pages in length, and explores a specific issue within an area of law.
Rising 3L members may apply for positions on the Law Review Editorial Board. The
Editorial Board is responsible for day-to-day operations of each facet of the journal:
article selection and editing, cite checking supervision and reconciliation, and student
Each year, the Law Review selects a number of student works to publish. Selected
student Notes and the winning Case Comment from the summer competition are published
throughout the year. In conjunction with the faculty, the Editor-in-Chief and the
Senior Notes Editor select the best students Notes of those published. The top three
ranking Notes receive a cash award and plaque for their achievement.
Senior Staff members who have received credit approval for a Note and who have satisfactorily
completed all editorial assignments receive three credits in their graduation semester,
as well as satisfaction of the legal writing requirement.
Editorial Board members who have received credit approval for a Note, and who have
satisfactorily completed all editorial assignments and all Editorial Board requirements,
receive four credits in their graduation semester.