Frequently Asked Questions - Law Review

Law Review Frequently Asked Questions.

Yes. Every academic credit you receive for work on Law Review counts towards your required total of eight (8) Skills hours under the Student Handbook. Because Board members can earn a maximum of four (4) academic credits through Law Review, Board members can get four Skills credits. Because staff editors can earn a maximum of three (3) academic credits through Law Review, staff editors can get three Skills credits.

 

Work you perform for Law Review, from cite checking, to editing, to attendance at Law Review functions, counts towards your hours requirement..

You log your hours with the Managing Editor of the Board. Your hours are compiled over the semester and submitted to the Faculty Advisor, who assigns a “pass” or “fail” grade based on whether you have met your hours and performed satisfactorily.

 

First and foremost, you must register for the “course”. There should be separate course designations on the schedule for one (1) credit and two (2) credits. If you are a staff member, you must choose the one credit course. If you are a Board member, you may choose either the one credit course or the two credit course.

At the present time, the Bylaws require those seeking academic credit to perform 30 service hours on Law Review for each credit sought.

 

At the present time, the Law Review Bylaws permit staff editors to earn one (1) credit per semester, up to a maximum of three (3) credits earned by this method. The Bylaws permit Board members to earn two (2) credits per semester, up to a maximum of four (4) credits.

No Law Review member can earn more than a total of four (4) academic credits from participation on Law Review.

During their first semester on Law Review, students are considered "Candidates." The Candidate semester is a probationary period. A Candidate who successfully completes all assignments will be invited to become a member of Law Review, and a Staff Editor.
  1. The Credential: Law review is a valuable credential on your resume. Employers assume that if you have been on Law Review, you have ample practice editing, proofreading and writing. Additionally, because all law reviews have selective admissions procedures, having "made law review" is seen as evidence of scholarly excellence or writing skill.
  2. Incentive to Write and the Opportunity to Publish: Florida Coastal Law Review, like most Law Reviews, requires you to write scholarly articles of publishable quality. This gives you the opportunity to write about a topic you are passionate about. Many times those articles are chosen to be published.
  3. Editing, Proofreading and Source-Checking Training: The key to good legal writing is the ability to edit and proofread your own work. Law Review will give you plenty of practice--and in the process will teach you to pay attention to detail, another important skill lawyers must have.
  4. Cooperative and Valuable Work: Most things you do in law school--read, study, take exams--you do by yourself. Even those things that are cooperative, such as study groups, Moot Court, or Mock Trial, tend to be exercises. Law Review lets you work as part of a team producing a legal journal that courts, attorneys, and scholars can use in their development of the law and legal thinking. This team effort to produce a unique body of work is unparalleled at Florida Coastal School of Law.

The Florida Coastal Law Review is a scholarly journal published three times per year by the FCLR members. The organization is student-run and it gives all members and candidates an opportunity to edit, write, and influence the direction and subject matter of the journal.