Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of a journal at the University of Minnesota. 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

Minnesota Law Review 1L Reception

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

Special-Topic Journals Joint Reception

  • Monday, March 28, 3:00-5:00 PM, Auerbach

Petition 101

Bluebook 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.
  • Handout: Bluebook Breakout Packet

Petition Preparation and Strategy Session

WLSA Bluebook Session

  • Friday, April 29, 10:00am – 11:00am.

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 1 at 4:30pm, whichever is earlier.
  • Pickup Dates and Times

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, whichever is earlier. Please see the attached sample instructions for more details.

Q: What if I need an accommodation?

A: Students requiring accessible text materials or other accommodations regarding the petitioning process should contact the Law School’s liaisons in the Disability Resource Center (DRC), to make their request by sending an email Students may also copy the Dean of Students office at

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.

Q: What if I am a transfer student?

A: Transfer students beginning their 2L year at the UMN next fall may petition. There are five student-edited journals which use the petition to select members. Please check the Journal Information Packet for each journal’s criteria statement. Transfer students are welcome to attend any and all petition events. If you unable to attend the events, handouts and recordings will be posted to If you will be out of the Twin Cities area during the petition period and cannot pick up a hard copy of the 2016 Petition Packet, you may email the Petition Committee for an electronic copy. Note that you must provide the Committee with a 24 ­hour notice of your need for an electronic copy. Transfer students interested in petitioning should notify the J.D. Admissions Office ( and contact the Petition Committee (

Q: What if I am transferring from the LLM program to the JD program?

A: Every situation (and hence eligibility for journal) will differ. It is recommended that you contact the Petition Committee at so we can work with the Dean of Students Office ( regarding specific eligibility.

Q: What if I am a joint degree student?

A: Joint degree students who are currently 1Ls are strongly encouraged to defer petitioning until the following year. Joint degree students who do defer petitioning to the following year will be considered at that time for the same positions as 1L students in that year. For questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office (

Q: What if I am a rising 3L?

A: Individuals who did not participate in a journal as a 2L are welcome to petition. Each journal has their own policy surrounding rising 3L students. Please check the Journal Information Packet for each journal’s criteria statement. (forthcoming). Please note that 3Ls who petitioned in 2015 and declined a journal offer may not petition again in 2016.


For more information on instructions and examples of case comments, please view the following samples: sample instructions and sample case comments.

De Novo

  • Dan’s Flaw

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  • 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 […]