The Thomas Jefferson Law Review was originally published in 1976 as the Criminal Justice Journal, then for a brief time as the San Diego Justice Journal. This was during the time when Thomas Jefferson School of Law was known as Western State University College of Law. In 1996, the journal's name changed to Thomas Jefferson Law Review to coincide with the renaming of the law school.
The Thomas Jefferson Law Review is published at least twice each year. There is always a Fall and a Spring issue, and sometimes a Summer or Winter issue.
Structure of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review
The Managing Board is selected by the outgoing Editorial Board each spring and consists of the Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor, and Managing Editor. Together they are responsible for the overall operation of the Law Review.
Editor-in-Chief: The "EIC" oversees the entire Law Review. He or she sets the tone and direction of the Law Review and acts as a liaison with the administration, faculty, and academic world. The EIC is involved in every aspect of the Law Review, from the minute details of formatting and cite-checking, to the overall layout and structure of each issue. Additionally, the EIC develops broad goals, policies, and the direction of the Journal.
Executive Editor: The "EE" is responsible for the editorial aspects of the Law Review, including overseeing the Chief Articles and Chief Notes Editors. He or she helps set the schedule for each issue, supervises the editing and cite-checking processes, and ensures the Law Review is published without one Bluebook error.
Managing Editor: The "ME" manages the day-to-day operations of the Law Review: keeping the books, paying the bills, tracking members, marketing, solicitation of advertising, managing subscriptions, collecting funds, and planning events. The ME will also take on various editorial duties of both Lead Articles and student Notes as they may be needed.
The Editorial Board consists of the Managing Board and the various Editors who are hired and appointed by the Managing Board. Each member of the Editorial Board has an equal vote in all matters relating to the direction of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review. Within the Editorial Board, there are two committees: Articles and Notes.
The Articles Committee, made up of the Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor, and Chief Articles Editor(s), is responsible for selecting articles for publication. The Notes Committee, consisting of the Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor, and Chief Notes Editor(s), selects student Notes for publication and judges the annual Writing Competition.
Chief Articles Editor: The Chief Articles Editor is responsible for soliciting and editing lead articles. He or she also reviews the many unsolicited articles that are received daily. When articles are approved by the Articles Committee, the Chief supervises several rounds of edits with the article editors and authors. The Chief has a challenging and delicate job of dealing with authors and ensuring that articles are ready for publication on time.
Chief Notes Editor: The Chief Notes Editor supervises the Note writing process of the newest members of the Law Review. Working with the Managing Board, the Chief Notes Editor sets the writing schedule and requirements for Note writers and directly oversee the Notes Editors.
Lead Articles Editor: The Lead Articles Editor is responsible for aspects related to the solicitation and acquisition of articles. He or she promptly addresses articles submitted to the Journal and screens the articles, using objective criteria in order to present articles to the Articles Committee.
Articles Editors: Articles Editors, under the direction of the Chief Articles Editor, are responsible for the editing of lead articles, symposium articles, and book reviews to be published in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review.
Notes Editors: Notes Editors, under the direction of the Chief Notes Editors, are primarily responsible for the supervision of Staff Associates in the process of writing their Notes. Note Editors work with Staff Associates to develop finished Notes within the established deadlines. This includes all facets of composition, editing, writing, theme, thesis, structure, grammar, and style. Notes Editors also must ensure that footnotes are in proper citation.
Students who demonstrate the ability to accomplish superior legal work, either in their courses at Thomas Jefferson School of Law or in the annual Writing Competition, are extended offers to become Staff Associates in the Thomas Jefferson Law Review Association.
Based on Grades
Early Invitation, Full-Time Students: Full-time students ranked in the top 5% of their class after their first semester of study, provided they have completed at least 15 units, are extended early invitations to become Staff Associates.
Early Invitation, Part-Time Students: Part-time students ranked in the top 5% of their class after their second semester of study, provided they have completed at least 15 units, are extended early invitations to become Staff Associates.
Standard Invitation, Full-Time Students: Full-time students ranked in the top 15% of their class after the semester in which they complete at least 25 units are extended invitations to become Staff Associates.
Standard Invitation, Part-Time Students: Part-time students ranked in the top 15% of their class after the semester in which they complete 25 units are extended invitations to become Staff Associates.
Transfer Students: Transfer students accepted by Thomas Jefferson School of Law from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and who were ranked in the top 15% of their class at that school, may be extended an invitation to join the Law Review as a Staff Associate. The invitation is made at the sole discretion of the Managing Board, which will evaluate the eligibility of transfer students on a case-by-case basis.
Based on the Writing Competition
Students ranked in the top 30% of their class, who have completed at least 27 units and have at least two semesters (excluding summer) remaining in their course of study, shall be eligible to participate in the Writing Competition. The competition takes place annually during the summer, with class standing determined after calculation of spring grades. The format and subject matter of the competition is determined by the Editor-in-Chief after consultation with the Notes Committee. The Notes Committee evaluates all submissions and determines which submissions, if any, are sufficient to merit an invitation to join the Law Review.
Staff Associates are required to write a scholarly article of publishable quality, termed a "Note." After accepting the offer to join Law Review, Staff Associates are given a schedule detailing major assignments, requirements, and deadlines over the semester in which they write their Notes. The final draft of the Staff Associate's Note must be a finished scholarly work of publishable quality. The Notes Committee is the final judge of whether a Note meets this standard. Failure to submit a finished scholarly work of publishable quality is deemed a failure to complete the writing requirement and results in the Staff Associate's removal from Law Review.
Staff Associates must successfully complete the Note-writing requirement to become full Members of the Law Review.
National Conference of Law Reviews
Each year, the Thomas Jefferson Law Review sends its incoming Managing Board to the National Conference of Law Reviews ("NCLR"). The NCLR is a yearly conference where law review members from accross the United States meet to attend seminars and discuss law reviews. Panels of legal scholars, judges, professors, and former law review editors conducted the seminars.
Thomas Jefferson Law Review is an active participant in the NCLR. In March 2013, conference delegates elected the Thomas Jefferson Law Review to serve on the NCLR executive board. The Law Review will take an active role in shaping the 2014 conference, which will be held at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.