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The Collective Policy of the Student-Edited Scholarly Journals on Transfer Students

Penn State Law hosts three scholarly journals: The Penn State Law Review, The Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs, and The Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation. This document reflects the journals' policy regarding the Write-On Competition for transfer applicants and accepted transfer students who wish to compete for membership on any of the three scholarly journals. Any matter not specifically addressed by this policy is to be decided by the individual journal according to its constitutions and bylaws.

I. NOTICE
  Students applying for transfer admission to Penn State Law after their first year of law school are eligible to participate in the Scholarly Journal Write-On Competition for journal membership after they submit a complete transfer application to the Office of Admissions. To compete in the 2013 Scholarly Journal Write-On Competition, individuals applying for transfer to Penn State Law in fall 2013 must have submitted a complete application by July 1, 2013. An application will be considered complete once the Office of Admissions has received:
  • A complete copy of the Penn State Law application for transfer admission, available here via LSAC, and all required supporting materials;
  • A copy of your law school transcript with first semester grades (a copy is acceptable but an official transcript must be furnished within 30 days of admission to Penn State Law);
  • If not available on your transcript, a printout of your spring semester course schedule;
  • A letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member you had as an instructor for at least one class;
  • A J.D. CAS report (for LSAC applications) or copies of your LSAT score reports and an original copy of your undergraduate transcripts; and
  • A letter of good standing from your current law school.

Transfer applicants who apply after the start of the Scholarly Journal Write-On Competition will not be eligible for membership on any journal. For transfer applicants applying for admission in all 2013, the Competition will begin on July 1, 2013. Transfer applicants and accepted transfer students may only participate in the Scholarly Journal Write-OnScholarly Journal Write-On Competition during the summer before matriculation to Penn State Law.

   
II. PARTICIPATION IN THE SCHOLARLY JOURNAL WRITE-ON COMPETITION AND OFFERS OR MEMBERSHIP
 

All transfer applicants and accepted transfer students wishing to apply for journal membership must participate in the Scholarly Journal Write-On Competition, regardless of whether the applicant has received an offer of admission at the time of the competition. Applicants who have not competed and are ultimately admitted to Penn State Law will be ineligible for membership on one of the law school’s scholarly journals.

Transfer applicants and accepted transfer students who do not submit a case note by the deadline or otherwise fail to comply with the competition requirements will not be considered for membership.

All transfer applicants and accepted transfer student case notes will be evaluated prior to an offer of scholarly journal membership. All offers for membership will be made by individual journals according to their own constitutions and bylaws. Journal membership is dependent upon matriculation to Penn State Law.

The timeline for the 2013 Scholarly Journal Write-On Competition is provided below.

   
III. TIMELINE FOR THE 2013 SCHOLARLY JOURNAL WRITE-ON COMPETITION
 

Monday, July 1, 2013 — Deadline to submit/complete transfer application to Penn State Law for Scholarly Journal Write-On Competition eligibility. Eligible transfer applicants and accepted transfer students must request the write-on competition materials from SaraAnn Bennett, Managing Editor of Penn State Law Review, at saraann.c.bennett@gmail.com. Transfer applicant/Accepted Transfer Student Scholarly Journal Write-On Competition begins.

Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT — Deadline to submit case note. Instructions for submission will be included with the competition materials.

Transfer applicants and accepted transfer students who do not submit a case note by this deadline or otherwise fail to comply with the competition requirements will not be considered for membership.

Sunday, July 14, 2013Penn State Law Review extends Scholarly Journal Write-On Competition offers.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs and The Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation extend Scholarly Journal Write-On Competition offers.