Membership in the University of Miami Law Review is limited to second- and third-year law students. There are two ways to become a member of the Law Review.
First, for volume 75, rising second-year law students may grade-on to the Law Review by placing in the top six percent of their first year class or section based on Fall 2019 semester grades.* More information regarding grading on to the Law Review can be found in the bylaws.
Second, rising second- and third-year law students may be invited to join the Law Review by competing in the Writing Competition. To be eligible for the Writing Competition, students must be in the top 33.3% of their class or section. The Writing Competition is held in the summer. More information regarding the Writing Competition can be found here.
All students interested in joining the Law Review must attend the University of Miami Law Review Symposium or other symposia hosted by a University of Miami law journal. Additionally, for candidacy in volume 75, rising 2L students eligible for grade-on or write-on candidacy must not receive an “Unsatisfactory” or equivalent in any course in which he or she is registered in the Spring 2020 semester.
* Under normal circumstances, the top 8% of the 2020 1L class would have been eligible to grade-on based on the 1L class size. The circumstances in which we find ourselves, however, are anything but normal. Accordingly, UMLR will implement a single-semester “crisis” policy, which aims to allow UMLR to extend more invitations to eligible students who compete in the Law Review Writing Competition and select UMLR as their first choice.
Students who transfer to the University of Miami School of Law from other law schools accredited by the American Association of Law Schools may be eligible for candidacy on the Law Review as follows:
Students transferring after the completion of two semesters (or the equivalent thereof) will be extended an invitation to participate in the Writing Competition if their grade point average at the end of two semesters placed them in the top 25% of their class or section, whichever applies, at their former school.
Students transferring after the completion of two academic years (or the equivalent thereof) will be extended an invitation to participate in the Writing Competition if their grade point average at the end of two academic years placed them in the top 25% of their class at their former school.
Please note, if you are a rising third-year law student who transferred to UM Law after your first-year at another school, you are not considered a transfer student for the purposes of the Writing Competition. Therefore, you must meet the same requirements as any UM Law student interested in competing.
More information regarding candidacy for transfer applicants can be found in the University of Miami Law Review bylaws.
All students offered candidacy for the University of Miami Law Review must complete an orientation. Please note that orientation for UMLR begins in the summer of the academic year prior to candidacy and will consist of three separate days and span across three weekends. Tentative dates for the Volume 75 orientation will be listed below as they become available. Please note that these dates are subject to change and will be finalized as the summer progresses. If you are offered candidacy and have a conflict with any of these dates, please advise the Editor-in-Chief immediately.
2020 Tentative Orientation Dates:
- Welcome Orientation: Saturday, August 8th (on Zoom)
- Printchair Orientation: Thursday, August 13th (on Zoom)
- Subcheck Orientation: Friday, August 21st (on Zoom)