First and foremost, we would like to welcome you to the community of the Allard School of Law. We hope you are enjoying your summer and are looking forward to an incredible three years as a JD student. As you may already know, clubs and extracurricular activities abound at Allard. As a 1L student you will be able to find a group that perfectly suits your interests. And, if those interests include writing, editing, or being involved in a publication, you may find the UBC Law Review Society to be a perfect fit.
What is the UBC Law Review?
We are a society that publishes one of Canada’s leading peer-reviewed legal journals. We publish three editions of the UBC Law Review per year, which include independent articles, book reviews, and case comments. We also publish the Table of Statutory Limitations, a resource used by over 1,000 legal practitioners throughout the province.
The UBC Law Review Society is comprised entirely of students, who edit all of the submissions and manage the business of the Society. Faculty advisors, some of whom have served on the UBC Law Review Board themselves, offer direction and help to facilitate the publication of the UBC Law Review.
How do I get involved?
As a 1L student, you can get involved in the UBC Law Review by applying to be an assistant editor. Our assistant editors play a very important role in the Society, as they verify the sources and assess the legal arguments of submitted articles, and edit these articles for proper citation style and grammar. As an assistant editor, you would receive formal training about citation style, as well as informal training and mentorship from an associate editor. You will undoubtedly find this training helpful when it comes time to write your first law school paper.
The UBC Law Review will be accepting applications for assistants in September 2015. If you are interested in applying, keep an eye out for us at Clubs Day (which will take place in September) or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the time commitment like?
The time commitment is quite small. As an assistant editor, you would be given two assignments per term. These assignments take about one day to complete, but as you will be given two weeks to work on your assignment, you are in total control of your pacing. You will also be invited to attend a few Law Review socials during the year, but of course, these events are entirely optional.
What does involvement in the UBC Law Review look like after 1L?
Nearing the end of your first year, we will put out a call for applications for Board of Directors positions. As a Board member, you would take on a bit more responsibility and would also provide input as to which articles should be published in the UBC Law Review. Board members are also eligible to receive two course credits per year that will count towards their degree requirements.
We encourage you to visit our website if you are interested in joining the UBC Law Review. On our site you will be able to view abstracts of recently published articles, which will give you a great sense of what kind of work you would be reading and editing as an assistant editor.
If you have any questions about the UBC Law Review in the months leading up to Orientation Week, feel free to email us at email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you in September!
Connor Bildfell – Editor-in-Chief, Editorial
Rachel Lehman – Editor-in-Chief, Administrative