Join the Washington and Lee Law Review
The staff of the Law Review is made up of second- and third-year law students. Second-year students are chosen as a result of their participation in the annual "write-on" competition that is held at the end of their first year. The write-on is a rigorous competition and selection process. The application process begins with a series of short meetings to familiarize applicants with the Law Review and its writing and citation styles. No positions are awarded to students based solely on grades.
All first year students who wish to be considered for the Law Review will participate in the writing competition. The competition requires each student to write a paper outlining their solution to a complex problem. The Law Review provides the problem along with all supporting cases and other sources that the student is permitted to consult. The submissions are anonymous and are graded by the Law Review's editorial board.
Twenty-six students receive an invitation to join the Law Review. The authors of the top six write-on submissions receive automatic invitations to join the Law Review. Seventeen staffwriters are chosen by combining their writing scores and their first-year grades, with fall semester grades, spring semester grades, and the write-on score each comprising one-third of the total score. The remaining three staffwriters are chosen based on a combination of three factors: (1) first-year grades, (2) performance on the write-on, and (3) a personal statement.