Student Editor Membership Process

2014 Write-On Competition

*Jurimetrics Open House: Wednesday, February 19, 12:15–1:15 p.m., Law Library Basement Rm. 21V-1.

*MANDATORY Write-On Meeting: Monday, March 24, 12:15–1:15 p.m., Great Hall (113).

Write-On Competition: Wednesday, May 14 at 8:00 a.m. (MST) to Thursday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. (MST) (limited make-up submissions: Dates TBA).

For further information, please contact Notes & Comments Editor, Kellie Manders at Kellie.Nelson@asu.edu or Editor-in-Chief, Will Wagner, Willis.Wagner@asu.edu.

Overview

Each spring, Jurimetrics solicits applications from all first-year students at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. The universal applications process consists of (1) a write-on competition and (2) a Bluebook quiz. Additionally, the following documents must be submitted: (1) a signed grade release form, (2) a resume, and (3) a personal statement.

Once the applications are received, the senior editorial board reviews each application for a variety of criteria including interest in Jurimetrics, legal writing ability based on 1L writing grades, academic and professional backgrounds, and expected future fields of practice. The selection process will be weighted in the following manner:
  • The write-on memo will count for 20%.
  • The Bluebook quiz will count for 20%.
  • 1L writing grades and GPA will count for 25%.
  • The personal statement and resume will count for 35%.
Typically, 15–20 students are extended invitations to become associate editors.

Attention Transfer Students:

Transfer applicants should submit their overall law school GPA, writing grades for both semesters of 1L year, a resume, a statement of interest, and a writing sample. The statement of interest should not exceed two double-spaced pages. The writing sample should not exceed ten double-spaced pages.

Please email these application materials to Will Wagner at Willis.Wagner@asu.edu. Applicants will be notified with a decision in August 2014 (Date TBA).

Becoming an Associate Editor

Associate editors have two primary responsibilities. First, they write a publishable quality article, called a “case note" or "comment,” on a topic of their choosing. As the name implies, case notes typically focus and expound on a recently decided case that has particular relevance to law, science and technology. Comments go beyond the focus of a single case and typically discuss an area or point of law relevant to law, science and technology. Drafts of student articles are submitted throughout the fall and very early spring semester. Each associate editor works with a faculty member with expertise relevant to the area of his or her article. A senior editor, a writing instructor (if available) and the Faculty Editor also review the articles and provide extensive feedback.

Second, associate editors participate in the publishing of Jurimetrics by cite checking articles that have been chosen for publication. When articles are submitted, it is the responsibility of the senior editorial board to determine whether the length, topic and quality are appropriate for publication in Jurimetrics. After articles have been accepted for publication and edited for style and content, the production editors work with the associate editors to ensure that the citations are accurate and support the propositions for which they are cited.

In addition, associate editors attend a series of workshops in the fall and early spring to assist them with all stages of their writing and to acclimate them to the Jurimetrics production process. In late spring, associate editors participate in a "seminar day" in which they present and discuss their papers in the style of a graduate school seminar.

Why Join Jurimetrics?

Jurimetrics provides a variety of academic benefits to students. Completion of the case note or comment as an associate editor fulfills the “substantial paper” writing requirement for graduation. In addition, Jurimetrics 2L associate editors obtain credit for writing their note or comment, but only if they first have the support of a supervising faculty member and agree to the College of Law’s existing Independent Study policy for their paper. (Section X. E.) Consistent with existing Independent Study policy, this credit can be graded or Pass-Fail at the discretion of the supervising faculty member. As 3Ls, Executive Board Members receive 2 credits each semester and Articles Editors receive 1 credit each semester. These credits will all be non-graded Pass-Fail.

For many students, the process of producing an article of publishable quality for a peer-reviewed journal such as Jurimetrics is the single most rewarding and most educational experience of their law school careers. Among the additional benefits of Jurimetrics are the opportunities to work with authors and publications on the cutting edge of legal issues that intersect the areas of law, science and technology, form strong connections with the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, interact with fellow law students and faculty with similar interests, and network with former Jurimetrics editors and other attorneys practicing in the areas of law, science and technology.

For questions about the application process, contact  Kellie Manders at Kellie.Nelson@asu.edu or Will Wagner (Willis.Wagner@asu.edu). For additional information about being a Jurimetrics associate editor, contact Dr. Deborah Pogson (Deborah.Pogson@asu.edu).

Jurimetrics Awards

Jurimetrics 2L editors are eligible for the following awards.
  • Best Student Note Award
  • Outstanding 2L Editor Award—Sponsored by the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law 
Jurimetrics 3L editors are eligible for the following awards.
  • Best Mentor Award—Sponsored by Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • Outstanding 3L Editor Award—Sponsored by the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law 
For additional information about Jurimetrics awards, contact Dr. Deborah Pogson (Deborah.Pogson@asu.edu).