Join Law Raza

Participation and Credit

The William Mitchell Law Raza Journal of Law and Diversity  gives students an opportunity to be an active participant in commentary central to establishing a dialogue  relating to historic and contemporary notions of socio-political and legal challenges pertaining to racial, ethnic, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and religious, and other minority groups.

Each year staff members help prepare other author’s articles for publication.  Staff members also receive one pass/fail credit for each semester of work on Law Raza.

Selection

The write-on competition is open to all students who have completed at least one year of law school, are in good academic standing, and can serve as a staff member for at least one academic year. Students must submit a previously written academic paper or case note and also complete a Bluebook quiz.  The Editorial Board chooses the winners based upon the combined scores.  The Editorial Board will announce the new Staff Members at the beginning of August.

Write-On Materials

If you are interested in joining the William Mitchell Law Raza Journal of Law and Diversity, applications are due by Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 11:59 P.M.

All participants must submit the following:

I. Writing Sample
Participants must submit a writing sample that may be either:

  1. A previously written academic paper (e.g. a long paper for a class or seminar);
  2. A previously written case note for another Write-On Competition; or
  3. A case note based on State v. Griffen, 846 N.W.2d 93 (Minn. Ct. App. 2014).

All writing samples must conform to the requirements as established in the Law Raza Write-On Handbook.

II. Bluebook Citation Quiz

The Law Raza Citation Quiz is designed to test your ability to recognize and correct citation errors.

You must correct the footnotes according to relevant Bluebook rules.

The only materials needed is The Bluebook, and some knowledge of grammar and punctuation.

The citations in this exam are fictional. Do not waste your time trying to find the citations in other law review articles. Do not change the numbers within the citations, such as page numbers or dates. The exercise includes 50 citations. Presume, for the purposes of the exam, that these 50 endnotes are consecutive endnotes taken from a single article.

Each citation may have one error, no errors, or multiple errors.

Make all necessary corrections in Microsoft Word.

The Law Raza Bluebook Quiz Instructions has more details about the required format for the quiz.

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Submit an electronic copy of your Writing Sample and Bluebook Quiz to lawraza@wmitchell.edu.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.