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The Alberta Law Review Wants YOU!

Adrienne Funk (3L)

 

Do you have a passion for citations and editing? Does the idea of legal scholarship get your juices flowing? Or do you just want to get more involved here at the Faculty? Then the ALR is the place for you.

        

The Alberta Law Review, often referred to as the ALR (because law students love their acronyms) is an academic legal journal with international circulation, published by a select group of students from the U of A and U of C Faculties of Law. The journal is published quarterly and includes articles, case comments, and book reviews with the objective of promoting discussion of contemporary legal issues. In addition to our scholarly pursuits, the ALR also hosts an annual banquet with really amazing keynote speakers. In past years we have hosted former Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie and most recently, our very own health law expert, Professor Tim Caulfield.

 

Membership on the editorial board of the ALR is a great honour, as the journal is well-respected in the legal community. But it also comes with some responsibility. It is a two-year position (held in your second and third years of law school) requiring you to edit a minimum of two articles, and join a committee responsible for various duties. Students also earn course credit if they complete 104 hours of work for the ALR over those two years, which is a very nice bonus in your third year.

 

Interested students must apply for a spot in the summer before or at the very start of their 2L year. The application process may seem a little daunting when you hear about it at first, but it is an accurate picture of the editorial duties should you secure a spot. In previous years, the application involved supplying a resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two reference letters. It has also required applicants to write a case comment on a given case and complete a test citation edit of a poorly cited paper.

 

Being a member of the editorial board provides you with invaluable legal research and editing experience, an inside look at the legal scholarship process, and the opportunity to read relevant commentary on the current legal landscape. Past ALR members can also attest to the array of opportunities that their work on the board provided them with, as many go on to secure those coveted court clerkship positions, or work at other faculty-affiliated institutions such as the Centre for Constitutional Studies and Health Law Institute. Not to mention you will have personal access to the greatest study space in the entire law library!

 

Please join us at the Student Mixer being hosted on March 24 from 11 am to 2 pm in the CN Alumni Room. Our current editorial board members will be there in addition to our Faculty advisors to answer your questions and give you a feel of whether the ALR is the right extracurricular for you!