Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Minnesota Law Review. The official petition period will open May 11, 2016 at 4:30pm. Questions about the petition process should be sent to

Important Dates

Moot Court and Journal Informational Meeting

  • Monday, March 7, 11:15-12:15 PM, Room 25
  • Handout: Forthcoming
  • Recording: Forthcoming
  • Minnesota Law Review 1L Reception

  • Monday, March 7, 4:30-6:30 PM, Auerbach
  • Petition 101

  • Wednesday, April 13, 12:15-1:15 PM, Room 25
  • Handout: Forthcoming
  • Recording: Forthcoming
  • Petition 101 Breakout Sessions

  • Section A: Wednesday, April 20, 12:15-1:15 PM, Room 35
  • Section B: Thursday, April 21, 12:15-1:15 PM, Room 35
  • Section C: Friday, April 22, 12:15-1:15 PM, Room 35
  • Section D: Monday, April 25, 12:15-1:15 PM, Room 35
  • *Please feel free to attend any session.
  • Handouts: Forthcoming
  • Recording: Forthcoming
  • Petition Preparation and Strategy Session

  • Wednesday, April 27, 4:00-6:00 PM, Room 40
  • Handout: Forthcoming
  • Recording: Forthcoming
  • Petition Period

  • Wednesday, May 11, 4:30 PM to Wednesday, June 1, 4:30
  • IMPORTANTstudents may pick up the petition at any time after May 11th, and will have EITHER two weeks from that date to submit the completed comment and Bluebook exercise OR until June 2 at 4:30pm, whichever is earlier.
  • Offers Extended

    Beginning APPROXIMATELY June 30, 2016

    *Please note that offers cannot be extended until professors submit 1L grades.


    Q: How do I become a member of a journal?

    A: All journals select their staff members during the summer through a single petition process. Petitioners write one petition and submit it to as many journals as they want, ranking the journals according to preference.

    Q: What is the petition?

    A: The petition includes a case comment (70% of the petition) and a Bluebook exercise (30% of the petition). The case comment is a twenty-page written submission (ten pages of text; ten pages of footnotes) based on a recently decided case. The case and all supplemental materials that you may use to write your petition will be provided to you. Each journal extends offers based on its own criteria, which may include personal statements and grades in addition to the combined petition score. We encourage you to apply to all the journals that interest you.

    Q: When do I complete the petition?

    A: Starting May 11, 2016 at 4:30pm students may pick up the petition materials from the Minnesota Law Review office. Students have either two weeks from that date to submit the completed comment and Bluebook exercise OR until June 1, 2016 at 4:30pm.

    Q: What if I need an accommodation?

    A: Students requiring accessible text materials or other accommodations should contact Gracie Hyland, M.Ed. in Disability Services, to make their request. She can be reached by email ( or phone (612) 626-9459.

    Q: Where can I receive more information?

    A: We will host numerous events throughout the semester to prepare students for the petition period. For students unable to attend these sessions, we will post recordings and/or handouts on the Minnesota Law Review website as the events occur. Transfer students and 1Ls who are unable to attend are encouraged to review the materials online. Please email with any questions.

    De Novo

    • Dan’s Flaw

      DAN’S [F]LAW: STATUTORY FAILURE TO ENFORCE ETHICAL BEHAVIOR IN CLINICAL DRUG TRIALS Noah Lewellen* I. INTRODUCTION Paul, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, bursts into a lecture hall, loudly claims to see monsters sitting in the seats, and offers his services in slaying them. The police are called, and [...]

    • Case Comment: Bhogaita v. Altamonte

      EVERY DOG CAN HAVE HIS DAY IN COURT: THE USE OF ANIMALS AS DEMONSTRATIVE EXHIBITS Kyle R. Kroll, Volume 100, Online Managing Editor In Bhogaita v. Altamonte, the Eleventh Circuit recently decided whether to allow a dog in the courtroom as a demonstrative exhibit.[1] Although the case presented many serious [...]

    • Revisiting Water Bankruptcy

      REVISITING WATER BANKRUPTCY IN CALIFORNIA’S FOURTH YEAR OF DROUGHT Olivia Moe, Volume 100, Managing Editor This spring, as “extreme” to “exceptional” drought stretched across most of California—indicating that a four-year streak of drought was not about to resolve itself[1]—Governor Jerry Brown issued an unprecedented order to reduce potable urban water [...]