The Yale Law Journal selects editors through a highly competitive, two-step process. In the spring of their 1L year, candidates take an exam that tests their diligence and proficiency with Bluebook legal citation standards. Each candidate is given an error-filled law journal Article excerpt and is required to identify and correct the errors. Students who pass the Source & Citation exam take part in a month-long writing competition, in which they must analyze legal scholarship.
Students may also be offered admission if they write a Note that is accepted for publication in the Journal. This admission offer is contingent on the editorial needs of the Journal at the time of the publication offer.The Yale Law Journal has used a variety of admissions protocols in its 122 years in print. The process outlined here is subject to change.
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