Each year the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law collaborates with the other journals at Vanderbilt Law School in hosting the 1L Write-On Competition. The competition takes place following the conclusion of 1L spring semester exams.
The Write-On Competition consists of three parts: (1) a Bluebook exercise, where participants are asked to complete a multiple choice quiz about bluebook citations using the Bluebook; (2) an Editing exercise, where participants are asked to edit an excerpt using the Chicago Manual of Style rules provided; and (3) a closed-universe Mini-Note, where participants are provided with an issue and several sources, and are asked to write an original piece on the topic between 2,000 and 3,000 words.
Members are selected through a blind grading process and are invited to join the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law in the summer after 1L year. Journal membership brings with it a two‑year commitment to fulfill various responsibilities and duties, including:
Serving as a Staff Editor as a 2L;
Writing a Note of publishable quality during 2L year;
Completing several cite-checking and proofreading assignments each semester as a 2L;
Attending symposia and other journal-sponsored events; and
Serving as a Staff or Executive Editor as a 3L.
The resources provided on this page are intended to support 1Ls in their preparation for this important event. Students who transfer to Vanderbilt Law School and wish to join the Journal are selected for membership through a similar process in the summer following 1L year.
Journal members receive one (1) extracurricular credit for two semesters of participation in the 2L year. This credit is awarded in the 2L Spring semester. One (1) additional extracurricular credit is awarded in both the fall and spring semesters of the 3L year, for a total of three (3) credits for four semesters of participation. Four semesters of participation are required and credits that have been awarded may be rescinded for lack of participation.
For specified Board positions, one (1) additional extracurricular credit for two semesters of participation is awarded in the 3L year, for an overall total of four (4) extracurricular credits. This credit is awarded in the 3L spring semester.