Students who do not receive an invitation to join the Law Review based on academic performance may participate in the Summer Candidacy Program. To participate, students in the following categories must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.000 at the end of the spring semester:
- Students who have completed only one academic year in the day division
- Students who have completed at least one academic year in the evening or part-time day division, but not more than two academic years in the evening or part-time day division
- Transfer students who have completed one year of academic work at Chicago Kent, but who were not enrolled at Chicago Kent at the end of their first year if day division, or second year if evening division
Students who do not fall within any of the above categories are eligible to participate in the Summer Candidacy Program if they have completed at least one academic year at Chicago-Kent and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.250 at the end of the spring semester immediately prior to the Summer Candidacy Program.
The Law Review Executive Board selects which submissions qualify for an invitation to the Law Review. Submissions are evaluated anonymously by multiple Executive Board members.
We recommend that interested applicants consult the below reference material in preparation for their write-on. While not required, these sources will help improve your submission.
- Suzanne Ehrenberg, How to Write a Case Comment (Jun. 2003).
- Notes written by past staff members and published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
- Chicago-Kent Law Library Bluebook Guide.
- Lexis Advance Interactive Citation Workstation.
- From the Lexis Advance homepage, select the grid icon in the upper left and select “LexisNexis Interactive Citation Workstation.”
- Ross Guberman, Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates (2d ed. 2014).
- Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review (5th ed. 2016).
- Eugene Volokh, Writing a Student Article, 48 J. Legal Educ. 247 (1998).
- Ross Guberman, A Dozen Words and Phrases to Doubt, Mich. B. J., Jul. 2017, at 50.
- Ross Guberman, Five Ways to Write Like John Roberts (2010).
- Ross Guberman, 25 Ways to Write Like John Roberts (2017).
- Ross Guberman, Five Ways to Write Like Justice Kagan (2018).
Successful Past Submissions
You can find successful write-on submissions from previous years below. While not error-free, they represent strong and highly graded submissions. They should be used as guides, but should not determine the form, structure, or style of your final product.
- 2016 Write-On Sample
- 2017 Write-On Sample
- 2019 Write-On Samples
2020 Summer Candidacy Program
The 2020 Chicago-Kent Law Review Summer Candidacy Program will run from late June to early July 2020. Please contact Executive Notes & Comments Editor Carter Frambes with any questions.
The instructions, prompt, and source packet* for the 2020 Summer Candidacy Program are available here.
*Please note, the prompt and source packet will be uploaded on Sunday, June 28 at 10am