Membership


The Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law provides its members with valuable experience and exposure to a myriad of legal issues, which can help to further their personal and professional development. The Journal seeks responsible and hardworking students who are eager to take on the commitment that membership requires.

Each year, the Journal selects a staff of approximately thirty rising second-year students. Depending on the Journal’s staffing needs, rising third-year students could also be selected for membership. As a staff member, students are required to complete two rounds of editing for each issue that the Journal publishes annually. In addition, students are required to produce a ten-thousand-word Note, a piece of original scholarship, that is considered for publication by the Journal. Importantly, the Note can also be used to satisfy the student’s upper-level writing requirement, if desired.

The Journal extends offers to those students who participate in the Writing Competition (held at the end of the spring semester, once final exams have been completed). The Competition includes an editing assignment and the production of a short Note, which is based on a uniform topic with a closed universe of sources. Prospective members of the Journal are also required to submit a statement of interest. From these materials, Journal members are selected anonymously based on writing and analytical skills, editing prowess, and interest in the Journal’s subject matter.

First-year students will receive more information on the entire Notre Dame Law School journal selection process and on the Writing Competition in April of their second semester.