Membership Selection 2015–2016

Each year the Review selects approximately 45 members from the rising Columbia 2L student class, and potential additional transfer students. The 2015–2016 application process for rising 2Ls takes place in May, while a separate application process for transfer students occurs in July.


Regular Application Process

The application for the Columbia Law Review for rising 2Ls includes three elements: (1) the writing component, (2) a personal statement, and (3) basic personal information. This year the response period will take place from Friday, May 15 to Tuesday, May 26. Successful applicants will receive offers on July 6, and those who accept will be expected to begin their responsibilities at Staffer Orientation on Monday, July 27.

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 a brief or bench memo in response to a presented legal question and fact pattern.
All the information you will need to complete the writing component (including relevant sources and Bluebook rules) will be included in the packet available on May 15. 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 eleven 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, experiences, 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.

APRIL 13 (10 AM – 2 PM):
Journal Day Tabling, JG lobby
APRIL 13 (12:10 – 1:10 PM):
Journal Day Lunch
APRIL 13 (5 – 8:30 PM):
Open House, LW 8th floor
APRIL 14 (6 – 8 PM):
CLWA/EWOC Wine & Cheese Mixer, LW 8th floor
APRIL 17 (9:30–11 AM):
Outlaws Breakfast, JG546
APRIL 21 (12:10 – 1:10 PM):
General Interest Lunch, JG 102A
APRIL 22 (12:10 – 1:10 PM):
BLSA, LaLSA, EWOC & FirstGen Lunch, JG107
JLSA, MLSA & CLS Lunch, BW 101
APRIL 22 (6:30 – 8 PM):
Diversity Reception & Open House, LW 8th floor

If you still have unanswered questions, answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our FAQ page.
In addition, please direct questions about the Writing Component or transfer applications to the Executive Notes Editor, Rebecca Yergin (, and all other questions (including questions about the application process) to the Editor-in-Chief, Krystina Ho (


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. Specific dates and information about the logistics of applying will be made available in mid-April at the latest. Successful applicants will be expected to be present at Staffer Orientation on Monday, July 27. For more information about the transfer application process, please visit the transfer application website.