Membership Selection 2014–2015

Each year the Review selects 45 members from the rising Columbia 2L class, as well as additional transfer student students who qualify. The 2014–2015 application process for rising 2Ls takes place in May, while a separate application process for transfer students occurs in July. Information about being on the Review and additional information on the application process is available on the FAQ page and in the 2014–2015 Application Handbook for additional information.


Regular Application Process

The application for the Columbia Law Review for rising 2Ls includes four elements: (1) the writing component, (2) a personal statement, (3) basic personal information, and (4) grades. This year, the response period will take place from Friday, May 16 to Monday, May 26. Offers will be given out, by phone, on the morning of July 7. Successful applicants will be expected to be present at Staffer Orientation on Monday, July 28.
Writing Component
The writing component consists of (1) a prompt that asks you to analyze a legal question and fact pattern presented in the packet, and (2) a Bluebook exercise. Writing component topics vary from year to year—in the past students have been asked to write an essay justifying a position on a cutting-edge legal issue, write a bench memo, or complete a classic law-school issue spotter.
All the information you will need to complete the writing component (including relevant Bluebook rules) will be included in the packet available on May 16. You will not be permitted to consult with anyone else or to use any outside sources. The Bluebook exercise will be weighted far less heavily than the rest of the exercise.
The time allotted to complete the writing component affords an opportunity to produce a well-organized and sophisticated piece, taking into account that students may be traveling or working during the same period. As such, the component is not designed to take all ten days, but rather to accommodate the obligations of students in the week after exams.
Personal Statement
In addition to the Writing Component, the Review requires each applicant to submit a personal statement. This statement is intended to offer applicants an opportunity to share information about their background, work experiences, areas of legal interest, and other relevant information that will help them contribute to the work and the community of the Review. More information about the personal statement will be available in the application packet.

Journal Selection Computerized Match
The Law School uses a computerized match system to match 1Ls with CLS journals. All 1Ls applying to journals will rank the journals to which they are applying. Because of the way the system works, it is essential that all 1Ls applying to the Review rank it first. Ranking the Review first will not hurt your chances of being accepted to another journal if you are not accepted to the Review, or if you decline the offer to join the Review.
Learn More about the Columbia Law Review
The Review will be hosting the following events to help rising 2Ls learn more about applying to and working on the Review.

Tuesday, 4/8:
Journal Day Lunch (12:10pm–1:10pm)
General Open House (5:00pm–8:30pm, Little Warren 8)
Thursday, 4/10: General Interest Lunch (12:10pm–1:10pm, JG 103)
Women’s Wine & Cheese Mixer with CLWA (5:00pm–7:00pm, Big Warren Basement)
Tuesday, 4/15: APALSA Affinity Lunch (12:10pm–1:10pm, Little Warren 10)
Wednesday, 4/16 Outlaws Affinity Lunch (12:10pm–1:10pm, Little Warren 10)
BALSA/LALSA Affinity Lunch (12:10pm–1:10pm, Big Warren 417)
SALSA, MELSA & NALSA Affinity Lunch (12:10pm–1:10pm, Little Warren 8)
Thursday, 4/17 Diversity Reception/Open House (6:00pm–8:00pm, Little Warren 8)


Transfer Application Process

The transfer application process consists of only two parts: the writing component and the personal statement. This year, the response period for transfers will take place in mid-July. Successful applicants will be expected to be present at Staffer Orientation on Monday, July 28. More information about the transfer application process is available here.



Please direct questions about the Writing Component or transfer applications to the Executive Notes Editor, Alyssa Barnard (, and all other questions (including questions about the application process) to the Editor-in-Chief, Dennis Fan (