Membership
Thank you for your interest in joining Minnesota Law Review. The next petition period for all University of Minnesota Law School journals will open in May of 2017. See below for important dates in the process:
  • All Journal Reception: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Spannaus Commons
  • Disability Accommodations Request Deadline: April 9, 2017
    • E-mail drclaw@umn.edu or call 612-626-1333.
  • Petition 101 Info Session: Thursday, April 13, 2017 (video here; PowerPoint here)
  • Bluebooking Breakout Sessions: April 19th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 2017 (handout here)
  • Petition Preparation and Strategy Session: Tuesday, April 25,2017
    • Video here (includes case comment strategy and PC formatting session)
    • Handout here
    • Sample case comments can be found here, here, and here
    • Formatting advice for Macs (instructional video here) and for PCs (see video link above)
  • WLSA Bluebooking Session: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (handout here)
  • Petition Period: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM – Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 4:30 PM
    • IMPORTANT: Students may pick up the petition any time the office (Room 220) is open starting at 4:30 PM on May 9th (see office hours), and will have either two weeks from the pick-up date to submit the completed comment and Bluebook exercise or until May 30 at 4:30 PMwhichever is earlier. Regardless of what time of day a student picks up the petition, he or she must submit all materials by 4:30 p.m. on the student’s due date.
  • Offers Extended: The week of June 26, 2017.

For additional information on each specific journal at the University of Minnesota Law School, please view our 2017 Journal Information Packet.

Please check this web page in the future for further updates on the petitioning process. For questions, please contact mnpetitionquestions@gmail.com.

 

2017 Petition FAQs

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 9, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. students may pick up petition materials at any time the office is open. Students have either two weeks from that date to submit the completed case comment and Bluebook exercise OR until May 30, 2017, at 4:30 p.m., whichever is earlier. Regardless of what time of day a student picks up the petition, he or she must submit all materials by 4:30 p.m. on the student’s due date. All times listed are in Central Time. Please see the attached sample instructions for more details.

Q: Where do I pick up petition materials?

A: Petition materials may be picked up in Room 220 in the library during the hours when the petition office is open. A schedule of office hours can be found here as well as on the door of Room 220. You will need to bring your student ID with you to pick up your packet. If you will be out of the Twin Cities area during the petition period and cannot pick up a hard copy of the 2017 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.

Q: How do I submit my petition?

A: All materials are submitted electronically except the Bluebook exercise. Petitioners should refer to their petition packet for specific instructions and submission e-mail addresses for the case comment, journal ranking sheet, cover sheet, and personal statements. Bluebook exercises must be returned in person to Room 220 or sent via registered/certified mail, postmarked by the last day of your petition period. Please refer to the instructions in the petition packet for a mailing address. Petitioners who will be abroad should e-mail mnpetitionquestions@gmail.com to request the option to submit a scan of their handwritten Bluebook exercise. Note, those petitioners must also send their original Bluebook exercise via mail.

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 as soon as possible to make their request by sending an email to drclaw@umn.edu or calling 612-626-1333. Students may also copy the Dean of Students office at lawDOS@umn.edu.

Q: Does the Honor Code apply to the petition?

A: Yes. The Law School Honor Code and academic policies apply to the petition.

  • You may not discuss the petition with anyone else nor may you have anyone else proofread or comment on your work.
  • You are only allowed to use the materials provided to you in the packet to write your case comment. No outside research is allowed.
  • Plagiarism rules will be strictly enforced. Quoting source materials without using quotation marks and a citation, paraphrasing a source without providing a citation, and using the ideas of another without providing a citation all constitute plagiarism.
  • Your petition packet is identified by a number on the envelope. Place this number in the upper right corner of the header of each page of your Case Comment, Bluebook Exercise, and all Personal Statements. Do not put your name anywhere on the Case Comment, Bluebook Exercise, or Personal Statement.
  • Read the instructions in the petition packet carefully as those instructions govern the petition process.

Any violation of the above-stated rules or failure to follow instructions may be grounds for disqualification of your petition and/or referral for an Honor Code Violation.

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 current UMN law students who are unable to attend are encouraged to review the materials online. Please email mnpetitionquestions@gmail.com 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 four 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 the Minnesota Law Review website. Transfer students interested in petitioning should notify the J.D. Admissions Office (jdadmissions@umn.edu) and contact the Petition Committee (mnpetitionquestions@gmail.com).

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 mnpetitionquestions@gmail.com so we can work with the Dean of Students Office (lawdos@umn.edu) 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 (lawdos@umn.edu).

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. Please note that rising 3Ls who petitioned in 2016 and declined a journal offer may not petition again in 2017.

Q: When will journal offers be extended?

A: Offers will be extended the week of June 26, 2017. Please note that offers cannot be extended until professors submit 1L grades.

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