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Becoming a Member

Basic Eligibility Criteria
A law student who meets the following requirements will be invited to become a Journal of Property Law Invitee:
  1. Be a student currently enrolled at Texas A&M School of Law;
  2. Currently be enrolled and in good standing with Texas A&M School of Law and any other law school the student has attended;
  3. No violations of the Student Honor Code of the Law School or otherwise be the subject of any academic or disciplinary proceeding;
  4. A grade point average within the top fifty percent computed solely on first-year lockstep courses completed at the Law School; and 
  5. A commitment to the Journal for a minimum of three (3) semesters. This commitment can only be completed by graduation.
There are two ways in which an eligible student can become a member of the Journal of Property Law: (1) Grade-on or (2) Write-on.

Grade-on Process:

Invitations to join the Property Journal through the Grade-On Process are offered to all eligible students following the end of the Spring semester. An eligible student becomes a Property Journal Invitee through the Grade-on Process only after the Registrar has posted grades for the semester in which he or she has completed all first-year lockstep courses and computed rank. The time at which an eligible student is offered an invitation is based on his or her status as full-time or part-time; such status will be determined at the time he or she completes the first-year lockstep courses.

An invitation to become a Property Journal Staff Member must be accepted in the semester in which it is extended, unless the invitee requests and is granted a membership deferment by the Faculty Committee.

Each publication at the law school is allotted a number of openings (10% of class) for Candidate Members. At 4, the number is rounded down, & at 5 the number is rounded up. For example, if the class size is 234 members, each publication is allotted 23 grade-on invitation openings; if the class size is 175 students, each publication is allotted 18 openings. The top 20% of students must be extended an invitation to join a publication, but after this, the EIC has discretion to continue extending invitations or not.

Any student who is to receive an invitation from both the Property Journal and the Law Review may receive a joint email containing all documents for both Journals with the understanding that the student may only select one Journal or the other, not both.

The invitations are sent out in rounds. Each round consists of the number of openings that remain for the publication that is most full. Invitations generally expire between twenty-four and seventy-two hours after receipt of the invitation. The window of time used in 2015 was forty-eight (48) hours. For additional information please see the previous year’s grade-on/write-on report sent to the faculty committee. A student who accepts a grade-on spot on either Journal will no longer be eligible to participate in the write-on competition. 

Write-on Competition:

Invitations to participate in the Write-On Competition are offered to all eligible students following the Spring semester only. A qualifying student will be invited to participate in the Write-On Competition only after the registrar has posted grades for the semester in which he or she has completed all first-year lockstep courses. The time at which a law student is offered an invitation is based on his or her status as a full-time or part time; such status will be determined at the time he or she completes the first-year lock step courses.

An invitation to participate in the Write-On Competition must be accepted in the semester in which it is extended, unless the invitee requests and is granted a membership deferment by the Faculty Committee. 

Upon receipt of the list of eligible students from the Registrar and after finalizing the Grade- On acceptances, the EIC’s of both the Property Journal and the Law Review will issue a joint invitation inviting eligible students to participate in the Write-On Competition with the understanding that a student who is selected based on his or her participation will be invited to become a Staff Member of the Property Journal the following semester.

The instruction package includes a closed-universe comment on a recent Supreme Court Decision on which the Participant must write a paper not more than twenty pages in length; a Blue Book citation assignment; an editing assignment; the deadline for submission; and the date by which selections will be made. All documents must be submitted anonymously with each students’ unique identification number. Typically, one publication will take over the creation of the citation/tech edits, and the other publication will take over the creation of the closed-universe comment.

Once all Write-On Competition materials are turned in, the Editors will distribute papers/sections for grading among the Board of Editors, excluding the Executive Editor. Each paper will be graded by two separate Board Members and any paper that has more than a 10 point discrepancy between the two graders must be graded by a third grader. 

The EIC will be responsible for determining how many Write-On participants he or she wants to accept. There is not a predetermined number of candidates. Selections must be based solely on the quality of the submissions. In 2015, there were 15 Write-Ons accepted.

Transfer Student Exceptions:

Transfer students may be eligible to participate in the Write-On Competition as long as the student provides documentation that he or she was ranked in the top 50% of his or her class and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs has verified that the student has completed the equivalent of the first-year, full-time lockstep courses required of all Texas A&M School of Law 1L students. Additionally, the student must have at least 45 credit hours, or the equivalent of three semesters remaining before being able to graduate in order to ensure that the student will have sufficient opportunity to complete all editorial requirements of Property Journal membership.