A. Membership Agreement
An Invitee must complete and execute a Membership Agreement to secure membership on the Law Review. Execution of the Agreement will represent acceptance of the invitation to participate in the Law Review. Failure to fully complete and execute the Agreement will be deemed a rejection of the invitation to participate in the Law Review.
B. Duration of Membership
Participation in the Law Review will commence in the semester or term immediately following membership acceptance. Membership is a renewing and reoccurring process subject to fulfilling the writing and editorial requirements each semester. Should a Staff Member fail to achieve the minimum requirements set forth by these Bylaws, the Board of Editors shall convene and determine whether this Staff Member will be invited to return to the journal the following semester. In the event the Board of Editors declines to renew a Staff Member’s membership, that Staff Member will not be a Member of the Law Review upon graduation, and effective upon termination of the Staff Member’s membership, that student may not list Law Review on his or her resume. A Staff Member whose Law Review membership has been terminated must notify any potential employers or internship/externship sponsors of their termination from Law Review.
Staff Members are required to serve in the Fall semester following acceptance. While in good standing, Staff Members serve in subsequent Fall and Spring semesters until graduation; provided, however, that no member shall be required to serve more than four semesters. Members may elect, but are not required, to serve more than four semesters or terms.
C. Writing Requirement
1. To qualify for status as a Law Review Member, a Staff Member is required to author a Student Article. The article must be written during the Staff Member’s first year on Law Review and must be completed during the first Spring semester following the candidacy period. The article must comply with the applicable guidelines set forth in the Law Review Handbook.
2. A Student Article must be:
a. Of publishable quality;
b. On a timely topic;
c. Representative of sufficient research;
d. Inclusive of original thought;
e. Appropriately attributed in Bluebook and Greenbook form;
f. Submitted to a faculty member for rigorous writing approval; and
g. Sufficient to satisfy the Law School’s rigorous writing requirement and the requirements set forth in the Law Review Handbook, including all deadlines timely met.
3. The Notes & Comments Editors, under the direction of the Editor-in-Chief and Faculty Committee for Student Publications, will determine if the Student Article satisfies the requirements outlined above. Failure to meet these requirements may result in one or more of the following actions:
a. A failing grade;
b. No credit for the rigorous writing component necessary to graduate; and/or
c. Internal disciplinary action, including removal from the Law Review.
D. Editing Requirement
In addition to the Writing Requirement, Staff Members must complete a minimum of sixty hours of work per semester or term editing articles selected for publication in the Texas A&M Law Review.
1. Such duties may include, but are not limited to:
a. Cite-checking footnotes;
b. Substantive and technical editing;
c. Administrative duties;
d. Communicating with student authors;
f. Attending staff meetings or training sessions; and
g. Any other duties required by the Board of Editors or otherwise necessary to effectuate the Purpose of the Law Review.
2. Upon successful completion of the required sixty hours each semester, the Staff Member will receive one pass/fail credit hour. Failure to comply with all minimum requirements may result in one or more of the following actions:
a. An incomplete grade or
b. A failing grade with internal disciplinary action, including removal from the Law Review.
3. In addition to the required sixty hours per semester of editing work, Staff Members may be assigned additional editing assignments as needed to accomplish the Purpose of the Law Review. A Staff Member must complete all editing assignments assigned by the Board of Editors regardless of the number of hours the Staff Member has accrued in a semester. Failure to timely complete all editing assignments may result in internal disciplinary action, including removal from the Law Review.
E. Symposia Attendance Requirement
Staff Members shall attend any and all symposia hosted by the Law Review. Staff Members may petition the Symposia Editor for excusal from attendance.
F. Grades and Invitation to Return to the Law Review
Grades are recommended by the Editor-in-Chief to the Faculty Committee for Student Publications, who, in turn, will officially submit them to the Law School.
Moreover, at the end of semester, the Editor-in-Chief will automatically invite each Staff Member who fulfills the requirements set forth in these Bylaws to return for the following semester. Should a Staff Member fail to achieve the minimum requirements set forth by these bylaws, the Board of Editors shall convene and determine whether this student will be invited to return to the Law Review the following semester.
G. Other Organizations
Members of the Law Review are encouraged to participate in other campus organizations. Notwithstanding this open endorsement, students must still fulfill the requirements set forth by these Bylaws.
H. Invitee Membership Deferment
1. An Invitee may defer membership on the Law Review if:
a. The Invitee presents a written request to the Editor-in-Chief prior to the semester in which the Invitee is scheduled to achieve Staff Member status;
b. The request is based on reasonable grounds, such as hardship arising from family, economics, employment, medical conditions, or the like;
c. The Invitee is in good standing with the Law School; and
d. Leave is approved in writing by the Editor-in-Chief.
2. If an Invitee’s deferment request is granted, he or she must begin active status as a Staff Member in the semester immediately following the request for deferment. No further reinstatement process will be required. If an Invitee defers membership without following the procedure described above or is otherwise unable to fulfill all membership requirements, the invitation to join the Law Review will be deemed rejected.
I. Staff Member Withdrawal
A Staff Member may withdraw from Law Review by giving written notice to the Editor-in-Chief. A Staff Member who withdraws from Law Review will not be entitled to the benefits of membership, including the right to list Law Review on his or her résumé. Pursuant to the Law School’s Policies and Procedures, a grade of “Withdrawal” will be posted on the member’s transcript if he or she withdraws from Law Review after the drop deadline. Official withdrawal requires permission from the appropriate Dean of the Law School. Upon withdrawal, the member will not receive academic credit for Law Review, regardless of work-hours completed prior to withdrawal. A member who withdraws without Law School approval will receive a failing grade. Furthermore, unless the student has certification of his or her Rigorous Writing Requirement from the Faculty Committee for Student Publications prior to his or her withdrawal from Law Review, he or she cannot satisfy his or her rigorous writing requirement with his or her Student Article.
J. Total Number of Membership Invitations
The Board of Editors shall extend no greater than thirty-five (35) invitations to join the Law Review.