Journal Application Cycle – 2019
Monday, April 1 – Journal Day!
The 2019 Journal Application Cycle will kick off with Journal Day on Monday, April 1. Presentations will take place from 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm in JG 104, and journal representatives will be tabling outside of JG 104 from 10 am – 2 pm.
2019 Journal Application Process Schedules
* Not all journals
participate in this
April 4-16 (noon-noon)
May 17-28 (noon-noon)
* Columbia Law Review
runs a separate Transfer Application Process
July 16-23 (noon-noon)
* Not all journals
participate in this
August 19-26 (noon-noon)
Early Application Process: April 4-16
Some (but not all) journals will participate in an Early Application Process from April 4 – April 16 to fill a limited number of their spots. Because the early process is binding (with one exception described below), students should participate in this process only if they have a clear idea about which journal they would like to join. Given that, most students opt not to participate in the Early Application Process and instead wait for the Regular Application Process in May.
All materials for the Early Application Process may be submitted on LawNet. Aside from a brief personal statement, students should already have the materials they need for this process (e.g., resume and transcript), and it should not take significant time to apply. Students will receive further information about the participating journals and required application materials following Journal Day.
Students who do not participate in the Early Application Process remain free to participate in the Regular Application Process.
Rules for the Early Application Process:
- You may apply early to only ONE journal.
- If you are invited to join that journal, your application will be BINDING and you will be required to accept that invitation and – with one exception – will not be permitted to apply to any other journals during the Regular Journal Application Process.
- The ONLY EXCEPTION to this is that you may still apply to be a member of the Columbia Law Review during the Regular Application Process.
- If you are not invited to join a journal during the Early Application Process, you may still participate in the Regular Journal Application Process in May, and you may apply to as many journals as you wish in that process.
- Journals may only fill 1/3 of their available slots, or 8 slots, whichever is smaller, during the Early Application Process. Therefore, if you are not invited to join a journal at this stage, there is still a very good chance that you will be invited to join that journal or another one during the Regular Application Process in May. We encourage you to re-apply!
Regular Application Process: May 17-28
The Regular Application Process will take place from May 17 – May 28. Registration and application submission will take place on LawNet. Students may apply to as many journals as they would like, and can rank those journals in order of preference. (As noted above, students who were accepted to a journal in the Early Application Process may ONLY apply to the Columbia Law Review during the Regular Application Process).
Requirements vary by journal, but all journals request a resume, transcript, and personal statement or statement of interest. Many (but not all) journals also request a writing sample. During this process, many students participate in the Writing Exercise run by the Columbia Law Review. All journals accept the Writing Exercise as a writing sample; however, with the exception of the Law Review, none require it.
It should not take you 11 days to complete the Regular Application Process; rather, the window is deliberately long to afford students flexibility with respect to their travel and work schedules in May.
If you have any questions about Journal Day or the journal application processes, please contact Jordana Confino in Student Services.