Founded in 1979, the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business (JILB or the Journal) is one of three print journals at Northwestern University School of Law. JILB publishes three issues per year compiling scholarly articles about private international law and business, including one Symposium issue focusing on a central topic. Past Symposium issues have included the topics of international energy law, international competition law, international accounting standards, and international economic conflict and resolution. JILB also publishes concise and timely articles on private international law online in the Ambassador throughout the year. JILB publishes up to eight student notes or comments each year.
The Journal has two methods of choosing members: the spring writing competition and the write-on competition in the fall. The spring writing competition occurs after the first year law school exam period and is JILB's primary means of selecting members. Competitors must complete both a case note writing portion and a Bluebook editing portion for the competition. Based on first-year grades and writing competition entries, JILB extends offers to between 15 and 35 students. The fall write-on competition is open to students who have transferred to Northwestern as well as second-year students who participated in the spring writing competition and were not extended an offer by the Journal. Students interested in the fall write-on competition must attend JILB orientation sessions and perform all the duties assigned to Journal staff members. Offers will be made based on the quality of work submitted and completion of required duties.
Participation on JILB is a two year commitment. During the first year of membership, staff members assist with source and cite checking articles accepted for publication, complete office hour assignments, and must write three drafts of a note or comment of publishable quality on a chosen topic of private international law and business. Completion of a note or comment for JILB also satisfies part of the School of Law’s graduation writing requirement. Staff members are encouraged to submit their notes or comments for publication in the Journal.
At the end of the school year, members have the opportunity to apply to serve on the editorial board, or they may become senior editors in their third year. Senior editors assist in various aspects of the publication process and serve as editors for student notes and comments.
For more information about JILB membership, please contact Business & Membership Editor, .