NLR: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nova Law Review ?

The Nova Law Review is an academic honors organization that publishes three legal scholastic books each year. The Nova Law Review publishes articles written by judges, legal practitioners, law professors, and select students. Nova Law Review edits and prepares articles that are submitted for publication. Lawyers and other legal practitioners refer to our articles to update and expand their legal knowledge.

How do I become eligible to join Nova Law Review ?

To become a member of Nova Law Review one must either:

  1. Grade-On: Open to first year students who are entering into their second year, day or evening division. To grade-on, you must achieve, and finish your first year with a 3.3 cumulative GPA. If these requirements are met, you will be asked to join Nova Law Review as a Summer Conditional Training Program Candidate.

  2. Write-On: Open to any day or evening student who has at least one full year of studies remaining at the Shepard Broad law Center. To write-on, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 at the end of the Winter Semester in which the write-on competition is held. The write-on competition consists of the competitor authoring a closed, memo-style article on a topic to be determined by the Nova Law Review Executive Board and a Bluebook edit-style quiz. You will be given a set amount of time—usually 5–7 days—to write an article—typically at least 7–10 pages. The write-on competition is usually held during the first or second full week following winter finals. Once the anonymous articles are submitted, the Executive Board will vote on which article writers receive offers to join the Nova Law Review as a Summer Conditional Training Program Candidate.

Note: All grade-on and write-on participants are required to complete the Summer Training Program in order to be considered for a position on the Nova Law Review as a Junior Associate.

Antidiscrimination Statement

It is the policy of Nova Law Review to support equality of opportunity. No person shall be denied membership in Nova Law Review or participation in any of its activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Will I know if I graded on prior to the write-on competition?

Probably not. Typically, the write-on competition takes place towards the end of May, therefore, you may not have all of your grades back before the write-on competition period. The write-on competition is not held later because the Summer Training Program requires the majority of the summer, and that process cannot be delayed. Usually, enough grades are posted to allow you to make a reasonable determination as to whether you have graded on to Law Review or not. If you are unsure, and you want to be a member of the Nova Law Review, you should participate in the write-on competition.

What if I started the write-on competition, but do not complete it?

If you start the write-on competition and subsequently learn that you have graded on, or you no longer wish to complete the competition, for any reason, you are not required to complete the write-on competition. If you begin the competition and subsequently determine that you have the requisite GPA to grade on, you need only attend the first required meeting of the Summer Training Program. If you begin the competition and subsequently discover that you are not eligible for the program, you need not notify the Nova Law Review, you may stop working on the write-on without any penalty. If you terminate your participation in the write-on competition you may not help anyone else in the competition or share the problem with anyone. Any violation of this is an honor code violation.

Can I be a member of Nova Law Review and Moot Court?

Yes, dual membership between Nova Law Review and Moot Court is allowed. In fact, many of our members are also members of Moot Court.

Can I be a member of Nova Law Review and another law journal?

No, you cannot be a member of both the Nova Law Review and another law journal at any time during your academic career at the Shepard Broad Law Center. Please note that if you have been published in a law journal outside of the Shepard Broad Law Center, or another journal within, you can still be a member of the Nova Law Review.

What is the Summer Training Program?

Each individual who successfully grades-on or writes-on must complete the Summer Training Program in order to become a Junior Associate on the Nova Law Review. The program consists of, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Writing an article of publishable quality based on a topic selected by the Summer Candidate and approved by the Nova Law Review Board of Editors [Note: This article is due to the Executive Board in early August and typically requires many hours during the summer to complete.];
  2. Attending mandatory Bluebook classes; and
  3. Successfully completing and passing in-class and take-home Bluebook quizzes and edits, and a final exam. [Note: The required GPA for all of the Summer Training Program assignments is set forth in the Summer Training Program contract that every participant is required to read in full and sign.]

Do I have to complete the Summer Training Program?

Yes, successful completion of the Summer Training Program is mandatory for any student who wishes to become a member of the Law Review. If a student does not successfully complete the Summer Training Program they cannot become a member of the Nova Law Review.

What are the summer time commitments?

The Summer Training Program requires a lengthy time commitment, generally equivalent to a regularly scheduled summer class. The Summer Training Program typically starts in the beginning of June and ends in August.

Bluebook classes are held on Saturdays or Sundays and are mandatory. The purpose of each Bluebook class is to familiarize students with academic writing, scholarly citations, general principles of editing, and the rules and regulations of the Nova Law Review. These classes prepare the Summer Candidates to become Junior Associate members who can quickly and accurately pull sources, cite to sources, author an article of publishable quality, and edit an article. Since these classes are essential to the preparation of a Summer Candidate for his or her duties as a Junior Associate, the classes are mandatory.

For example, the 2014 Summer Training Program has four (4) class days, which are usually held on Saturdays and Sundays, and are mandatory for Summer Candidates to attend. The classes will be between four (4) to seven (7) hours. There are also multiple assignment due dates, which are mandatory for the Summer Candidates to turn in their Bluebook quizzes/edits/final exams and Summer Articles. The due dates are non-negotiable and late submissions will not be accepted. Please note that the summer training schedule varies from year to year. However, you should expect a significant time commitment and plan your summer accordingly.

Once on Nova Law Review, what are my duties?

Nova Law Review is a working honor society. Once you become a Junior Associate, your duties include but are not limited to the following: Attend meetings as called by the Board of Editors, complete weekly edits, attend Final-Edit Weekends ("FEW"), and complete office hours. As such, there is an extensive time commitment required to be a Nova Law Review Junior Associate. If you are unsure whether you can meet the time commitment, please speak to current Nova Law Review Members for guidance.

What are the benefits of being a Nova Law Review Junior Associate?

There are numerous benefits as a Nova Law Review Member:

  1. You will gain additional research and Bluebooking skills that are second to none.
  2. You will receive credits for your participation on Nova Law Review. (Credits vary by position).
  3. You have the opportunity to be published in one of the Nova Law Review’s three books. Publication is a significant honor to the individual and widely recognized by employers.
  4. Once a Junior Associate, you may turn in your Summer Training article to a professor to satisfy your writing requirement (in place of the seminar requirement). Please visit the NSU Law website for more information about the writing requirement, a prerequisite for graduation.
  5. You will meet many people and make invaluable contacts for the future.
  6. You become a member of an elite group of individuals and share the common bond of being a member of Law Review.
  7. Arguably, the greatest benefit of being on Law Review is employer recognition.
  8. The information stated is subject to modifications by the Board of Editors without advance notice.

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