Membership Requirements

Membership with HBTLJ consists of completion of requirements in three departments: Articles, Notes and Comments, and Compliance:

Articles Department: During Fall and early Spring, members are responsible for completing assigned citation checks and article substantiation for upcoming articles.

Notes and Comments Department: During Fall and early Spring, members must complete a written casenote or comment deemed of publishable quality by the Notes and Comments Department. Alternatively, members may write several smaller compliance-related articles instead of a single full length note or comment. The same publishability requirements apply.

Compliance Database Department: During late Winter and Spring, members are required to assist in updating the Journal’s Compliance Database cataloging Fortune 500 companies code of conduct yearly changes.

Other requirements: Additionally, each member of HBTLJ must complete 40 MOD (“member on duty”) hours total (or 20 per semester) and participate in other Journal events as deemed by the executive board.

Becoming an editor: Upon completion of all membership requirements during the second year of law school, the provisional member is eligible to act as an editor during his or her third year of law school. Exact positions will be determined by the outgoing Executive Board through an application and interview process.Students joining the Journal as 3Ls (never having served as provisional members), may serve as Assistant or Contributing Editors. Duties of Assistant and Contributing Editors will be determined by the Editor-in-Chief depending on the needs of the Journal. In most cases these duties will include assisting Editors of the Articles, Notes and Comments, and Compliance Departments. Contributing Editors will also be required to write a note or comment of publishable quality, as determined by the Notes and Comments Department.


Joining HBTLJ

There are three ways to become a member of the Journal as a rising 2L:

1. Grade on: If you are in the top 15% of your 1L section, you will automatically be invited to be a member. After rankings are posted in late June or early July, a representative of HBTLJ will contact you. You will have a limited amount of time to respond to our invitation, so please be sure that your address and phone number are updated in Student Services.

2. Apply on: If you are in the top 40% of your section or made at least an A- in Legal Skills and Strategies class either semester, you are eligible to participate in the apply-on competition. After rankings are posted in late June or early July, a representative of HBTLJ will contact you. You will have a limited amount of time to respond, so please be sure that your address and phone number are current in Student Services. You may also apply prior to being contacted. Applicants must submit and will be evaluated based upon a combination of the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A cover letter detailing why the candidate is qualified to join the journal and why he or she would be a valuable addition to the journal.
  3. A minimum seven page writing sample.
  4. A resume.
  5. An unofficial law school transcript.
    If necessary, a personal interview may be conducted by the Recruitment Committee.

The results of the apply-on competition will be announced on a rolling basis as applications are received.  Please note that HBTLJ has its own apply-on process that is separate from that of other journals.

3. Write on: All full time students who are in the top 50% of their section are eligible to participate in the write-on competition. All part-time students, who have successfully completed their entire first year and no more than 12 hours of their second year course work, are eligible to participate in the write-on competition.

4. Transfer Students: Transfer students in the top 35% of their class can participate in the apply-on, and those in the top 50% can write-on.   The transfer student apply on requirements are the same as the apply on requirements set forth above, including:  a cover letter detailing why you are qualified for journal membership and would make a valuable addition to the journal, a minimum ten page writing sample, and a resume which includes your 1st year LARC grades. The results of the apply-on competition will be announced on a rolling basis as applications are received. Please visit Houston Law Review’s Write-On competition page for full and updated details about the Transfer Student Write-On Competition.

5. Rising 3Ls may also join the Journal: Third year law students that did not serve as Provisional Members of HBTLJ during their second year of law school; who maintain good academic standing; and complete their first two-years at the Law Center within the top forty percent (40%) of their graduating class, may apply to the Journal to serve in a limited editorial capacity (as Assistant or Contributing Editors). Applicants must submit and will be evaluated based on upon a combination of the following:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. A cover letter detailing why the candidate is qualified to join the Journal and why he or she would be a valuable addition to the Journal.
  3. A minimum seven page writing sample.
  4. A resume.
  5. An unofficial law school transcript.
    If necessary, a personal interview may be conducted by the Executive Board.

The Executive Board will hold an anonymous vote to determine whether an applicant should be offered membership. The purpose of the anonymity is to ensure membership is only offered on the merits of the candidate, and not due to nepotism or other bias.

IMPORTANT DATES

Assigned Case will be posted on the Competition Website

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 – Apply-Ons – First Day to Submit Applications (accepted on a rolling basis)

Saturday, June 4th, 2016, 8:00 AM – Write-On Competition begins

Thursday, July 1, 2016, 5:00 PM – Write-On Papers DUE in Office of Student Services by 5:00 PM

Monday, July 11, 2016 – Winner Notification – rising UHLC 2L winners will receive invitations from the journals to which they have been selected

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 5:00 PM – Acceptance – selected students must respond via email to the journal they have selected to join

Note: Prospective transfer student winners will be notified after they have secured admission to the Law Center.

Friday, July 22, 2016, 11:59 PM – Last day to Submit an Application as an Apply-On Candidate (Transfer Students)

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 8:00 AM – Transfer Write-On Competition Begins

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 11:59 PM – Last day to Submit an Application as an Apply-On Candidate (UHLC Students)

Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Apply-On Applicants Notified

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 5:00 PM – Transfer Student Write-On Competition ends

Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Transfer Student Write-on Competition Winners Announced

 

OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR THE 2016 UHLC WRITE-ON COMPETITION
http://www.houstonlawreview.org/about/write-on-competition-2/

 

HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR WRITING YOUR CASE NOTE

1. Get your Westlaw or Lexis access extended through the summer. The representatives are happy to do this, just contact them.
2. Format for a Casenote – required
3. The University of Houston Law Center’s Honor Code is in effect for this competition and every Law Center competition. Make sure you are familiar with its rules as they will be strictly enforced. Among those rules are the following: a) You may not discuss the legal theories, cite form, grammar, word choice, or any other aspect of your paper with ANY OTHER PERSON. b) You may not have any other person proofread your paper.

QUESTIONS?

All questions must be directed to the Chief Compliance Database Editor. Advice given by any other person will not ensure that your concerns will be properly addressed. We will try to be as accommodating as possible, so long as our decisions ensure the fairness of the competition to all participants.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Ben Hamel, behamel@Central.UH.EDU