Becoming a Member
Students can apply for membership through participation in the May Joint Writing Competition. This Competition is used by all three (3) law reviews, so that a person who participates in it may apply to all three (3) law reviews simultaneously (so long as he or she meets each law review’s individual eligibility criteria). In order to be eligible for the Indiana Health Law Review, students must have completed 31 credit hours, including LARC I & II, and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the conclusion of the spring semester. Students who are transitioning from part-time to full-time student status with less than 31 credit hours but otherwise meet the criteria should email the Executive Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or Janice Pascuzzi, Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com).
Generally, law review is a two-year program. Students who participate in the program spend their first year as a Candidate and their second year as an Associate Editor or as a member of the Editorial Board. Students can earn a maximum of five (5) academic credits (up to four (4) graded) for their participation on Law Review. IHLR currently also accepts members with one year remaining in law school. Those students would participate in the first year law review responsibilities only, earning a total of three (3) academic credits. Credits are generated as follows:
|First Semester||2 graded credits|
|Second Semester||1 pass/fail credit|
|Third Semester||1 graded (Editorial Board) or pass/fail credit (Associate Editor)|
|Fourth Semester||1 graded (Editorial Board) or pass/fail credit (Associate Editor)|
The First Year
The three (3) main responsibilities of members in their first year are editing, cite-checking, and note writing. The following is a short description of each responsibility.
1. Editing - Members review articles, checking grammar, punctuation, spelling, style, formatting, and logical structure.
2. Cite-Checking - Members check each footnote of an article for technical and substantive accuracy. This phase heavily utilizes the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (current edition). Members are assigned to an editing group (approximately five members work with an Articles Editor). The Articles Editors divide up a given article and assign to each member in their groups a specific portion to be edited.
3. Note Writing - Each candidate selects an original topic to research and a faculty member or local practitioner to serve as an advisor. The topic must not be preempted by another author's article that has been published within the previous ten years. Candidates are assigned to a note development group (approximately five members work with each Note Development Editor). The Note Development Editors and the Executive Notes Editor oversee the writing process, which begins in early fall and concludes in early spring. Candidates who are eligible may then be considered for publication.
The Second Year
Once members successfully complete the first year, the current Board will interview and elect members to specific positions on the next volume's Board. The Board includes the three major categories of Editors: Executive Editors, Note Development Editors, and Articles Editors. Included within the Executive Editors are the Editor-in-Chief, Executive Managing Editor, Executive Notes Editor, Executive Articles Editors (2), Executive Production Editor, and Executive Business Editor. Students who do not become members of the Board will be Associate Editors. For more details on these positions, please see our Bylaws posted on this Website.
The Benefits of Participating on the Indiana Health Law Review
- Improve your research, writing, and editing skills
- Satisfy the law school's research and writing requirement
- Satisfy the Health Law Concentration research and writing requirement
- Earn a maximum of five (5) credit hours
- Opportunity to have your Note published
- Exceptional resume builder
- Build and exercise leadership and collaborative working skills
- Opportunity to meet new people
If you have any questions about Law Review membership, please contact Janice Pascuzzi, Editor-in-Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org).