Participation and Credit
Working on the William Mitchell Law Review gives you, as a student, the opportunity to be an active participant in commentary central to the American legal culture.
Each year, staff members write their own article and help prepare other authors’ articles for publication. Staff members also receive one pass/fail academic credit for each semester of work on Law Review. Finally, staff have the opportunity to satisfy the Advanced Research and Writing Requirement, create two impressive writing samples, and obtain recognition as a superior writer.
The Editorial Board of the Law Review holds meetings in April each year, which provide students with information about applying for membership. After the conclusion of spring semester, the Board selects new staff members—typically between forty and fifty students—through participation in a writing competition.
The write-on competition is open to all students who have completed at least one year of law school, are in good academic standing, and can serve as a staff member for at least one academic year. Students must compose a case note based upon a pre-selected judicial decision in one of five doctrinal areas: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, or Torts. Students must also complete a Bluebook quiz, which they submit along with their case note. The Editorial Board chooses the winners based upon the combined scores.
Write-on Competition Materials
Case Note Cases
- Constitutional Law: State v. Melchert-Dinkel
- Contracts: Midwest Family Mutual Insurance Company v. Wolters
- Criminal Law: Roman Nose v. State
- Property: County of Dakota v. Cameron
- Torts: John Doe 169 v. Minnesota District Council of the Assemblies of God
Bluebook Quiz Materials
Write-On Information and Resources
- Write-On Handbook
- Professor Knapp's "How to Write a Case Note" Presentation
- Janelle Beitz's "Research Refresher" Presentation and PowerPoint Slides
- Lexis Research Presentation (Handout)
- Westlaw Research Presentation (Handout #1 and Handout #2)
- Party filings for the Criminal Law case are not yet available on Westlaw or Lexis. Please find them below: