Fordham Law Review Membership Selection
The Fordham Law Review selects approximately sixty staff members each year on the basis of grades, the Unified Writing Competition, and an optional diversity statement. Membership on the Law Review is open to all first-year (day and evening) Fordham Law students and transfer students who participate in the Unified Writing Competition and are in good standing.
The Fordham Law Review offers staff positions to approximately twenty students on the basis of first-year grades. To be eligible for a position, these students must turn in a Unified Writing Competition submission that complies with the rules of the competition and demonstrates a good faith effort.
Writing & Bluebooking
The Fordham Law Review offers staff positions to approximately thirty students on the basis of their submissions to the Unified Writing Competition. The Law Review evaluates the submissions of those students ranking in the top 33 percent of the class who have not already been selected on the basis of grades. Students remain anonymous during this process.
Optional Diversity Statement
The Fordham Law Review also offers positions to up to ten students on the basis of an optional diversity statement which is evaluated in conjunction with their submissions to the Unified Writing Competition. The Law Review evaluates all submitted diversity statements regardless of class ranking.
Students who are planning to transfer to Fordham University School of Law and would like to be considered for staff membership on the Fordham Law Review are invited to take part in the Transfer Unified Writing Competition. Up to three transfer students entering their second year in the day division, or their second or third year in the evening division, may be selected on the basis of a submission to the Transfer Unified Writing Competition (details below). Transfer students must meet one of the following two requirements to be eligible for staff membership on the Fordham Law Review:
(1) the student was invited, on the basis of scholarship, to join the law review at the law school from which the student transferred; or
(2) the student placed in the top 25 percent of the class at the law school from which the student transferred.
2020 Membership Selection
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Law Review modified its selection process for the 2020 Unified Writing Competition. Class ranking will be calculated on the basis of first-year grades obtained in first semester coursework and legal writing. The Law Review will offer positions to ten students on the basis of their class ranking. These students must also make a good faith effort in the UWC. The Law Review will also offer positions to approximately forty students ranking in the top half of the first-year class on the basis of their submissions to the UWC. Finally, the Law Review will continue to offer positions to up to eight students on the basis of an optional Diversity Statement, which will be evaluated in conjunction with their submissions to the UWC. The Law Review will evaluate all Diversity Statements submitted, regardless of a student’s class ranking.
Any prospective members seeking information regarding the Fordham Law Review’s selection process or the Unified Writing Competition may contact the Executive Notes Editor of the Fordham Law Review at FordhamLRevENE@fordham.edu.