Membership on the Journal is limited to Wayne State University Law Students who are currently enrolled or in the process of transferring to Wayne Law from another law school. Each member must be in good academic standing throughout the duration of her membership and must have completed the first-year Legal Research & Writing course, or its equivalent at another law school, before becoming a member.
First-year members join the Journal as Associate Editors. Upon successful completion of their tenure as Associate Editors, first-year members may choose to remain with the Journal for a second year by applying for a position on the Journal's Executive Board.
The Journal selects its members two ways: through the spring write-on competition and the grade-on process. Many members join the Journal as upperclass students through the spring write-on competition (see below). In selecting first-year Journal members, the Executive Board reads and grades each write-on submission. Quality write-on submissions adhere to the technical/format conventions of the instructions, present a persuasive argument after careful consideration of all the facts and possible counterarguments, are logically consistent, advocate for a position by using effective policy arguments, and state a conclusion.
In addition to selecting members through the write-on competition, the Journal also selects members through the grade-on process. Students who seek Journal membership through the grade-on process are still required to submit materials in compliance with the write-on competition. However, the Executive Board will grade the submissions of those students with a GPA ranking in the top 20% of their class or above for a "good faith effort," rather than for strict adherence to the quality rubric. Students who are in the top 20% of their class, but who submit materials that do not convey a "good faith effort," will not be selected for membership on the Journal.
The Executive Board also reserves the right to exercise its discretion to select students who submit quality materials over students who rank in the top of their class. The Journal's policy in this regard is meant to ensure that first-year members posess the research and writing skills required of the Associate Editor position.
Each year, the Journal's incoming Senior Note Editor decides the format of the write-on competition. Instructions for the write-on competition are distributed to the law school student body via the Journal's TWEN page in May within one or two weeks of the completion of final exams. Past write-on competitions have included:
- a Bluebook quiz,
- submission of a writing sample,
- completion of an editing exercise, or
- submission of a 5-10 page reaction paper on a given topic
After the competition's deadline, a committee comprised of Executive Board members review the submissions and select students who will recieve offers for an Associate Editor position. Students usually receive their offers via e-mail and have one or two weeks to accept. Students who accept their offers are required to attend a full-day orientation prior to starting their position.
One year of membership on the Journal is two credit hours (one credit hour per semester). Thus, members who choose to remain on the Journal for a second year as an Executive Board member have the opportunity of taking the Journal for a cumulative total of four credit hours (two credit hours per academic year) toward the completion of their Juris Doctor degree requirements.
However, students seeking credit from membership on the Journal need to be aware of credit hour limitations. According to Wayne Law's Academic Regulations, "a student may not submit more than 14 semester credits of applied and skills courses toward completion of degree requirements." Because Journal credit hours count toward the 14 semester credit limitation on applied and skills courses, students who intend to register for the Journal need to consult Wayne Law's Dean of Students Office to ensure their Journal credit hours will count toward their degree requirements.