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Prospective Members

The Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy (JLSP) selects new members through Northwestern Law's spring and fall writing competitions. In membership decisions, we consider both students' first-year GPAs and their writing competition scores.

All students who accept membership offers from JLSP serve on the journal staff for the remainder of their law school careers. General member responsibilities include source and citation checking, copyediting articles for publication, and assisting in article selection.

JLSP members are also required to write a Case Note or Comment addressing a topic at the intersection of law and social policy. The wide range of issues covered by JLSP frequently allows members to write on topics of academic and personal interest. Many members base their article ideas on prior work, volunteer, and educational experiences. JLSP’s interdisciplinary perspective similarly provides members with the opportunity to draw from non-legal sources such as social science, anthropology, economics, political science, other academic disciplines, and current events to guide the selection and development of a topic for a Note or Comment. In recent years, two of our members have based their successful applications for Equal Justice Works fellowships on topics they explored while writing their Comments. All member Notes and Comments are evaluated for three-draft credit and are considered for publication by JLSP.

For further information about JLSP membership, please contact .