The John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law is one of the most well-respected professional technology law journals in the world. Therefore, student membership in the Journal is selective. As a prerequisite, only those who meet certain academic requirements are invited to be candidates for the Journal.
Candidates spend a semester writing either a case note or a comment, ultimately submitting an article that meets the high standards and qualifications of the Journal. After successfully completing their candidacy semester, candidates become official members of the Journal and have the possibility of serving on the Journalís executive board.
Since one of the main goals of the Journal is to improve student writing skills, candidates attend workshops throughout the semester as well as work with editors who guide the candidates in developing their case notes or comments. Students emerge from this vigorous honors program with the knowledge and the skill necessary to produce a scholarly legal article.
In addition to gaining this critical skill, student articles written during the candidacy semester may ultimately be published in the Journal. The selection process for publication of student articles is rigorous; only the best of the candidate papers are chosen for publication. The selection process begins with a recommendation for publication by the Journalís editorial board. Those recommended articles are then reviewed and evaluated by a diverse faculty jury for final determination as to publication.
The Journal is also unique in that, unlike most law reviews and journals, it has a candidacy class each semester. There are two ways to become a candidate for the Journal, either by grading on or writing on.
Students are automatically eligible to become candidates if they meet the following criteria:
- between 25 and 38 course hours completed
- class rank equal to or greater than top 25%
When students first become eligible for the Journal, they will receive a letter notifying them and inviting them to participate in the candidacy program. If a student believes he or she is eligible but has not received a letter from the Journal, the student should first check with the Records office to verify whether the required criteria has been met, and then speak with the Journal Candidacy Editor.
Write on candidates have the opportunity to participate in the Journal based on their writing skills and performance. The criteria are similar to those for grade on candidates except that the class rank requirement is replaced by a performance and writing achievement requirement:
- at least 25 course hours completed
- at least 2 semesters remaining
- class rank equal to or greater than top 50%
- successful completion of the write-on program assignment
The write-on program occurs at the beginning of each semester, usually right before classes begin or within the first two weeks of classes. When students first become eligible as write-on candidates for the Journal, they will also receive a letter notifying them and inviting them to participate in the write-on program. If a student believes he or she is eligible but has not received a letter from the Journal, the student should first check with the Records office to verify whether the required criteria has been met, and then speak with the Journal Candidacy Editor.