Candidacy Honors Program
Students with all types of interests are encouraged to participate in the JITPL Candidacy Honors Program because the scope of JITPL reaches all facets of law. Past candidates have written on diverse subjects such as identity theft, social networking, email privacy, cyber terrorism, financial privacy and security, global commerce, e-discovery, and other issues related to health, real estate, tax, criminal and environmental law, just to name a few. Overall, JITPL’s goal is for each candidate to produce a work of publishable quality that will serve as a marketing tool and provide a competitive edge in securing employment for the candidate. Successful completion of the JITPL Candidacy Honors Program shows fellow classmates, professors, and employers the student’s dedication to the study of law and commitment to excellence.
In order to participate in the JITPL Candidacy Honors Program, a student must make a commitment of two consecutive semesters. The first semester consists of writing a persuasive comment or case note on a topic of the candidate’s choosing. Each candidate will be assigned to a member from the JITPL executive editorial board, who will serve to guide and encourage the candidate throughout the semester and comment or case note writing process. At the end of the semester, the comment or case note will be evaluated upon the candidate’s ability to engage in legal analysis and to write clearly, logically, and persuasively.
Upon successful completion of the first semester of the JITPL Candidacy Honors Program, the student will become a JITPL Staff Editor. Production assignments are integral to JITPL’s publication process and these assignments refine a candidate’s research, editing, cite-checking, and proofreading skills. Additionally, upon acceptance of the candidate’s comment or case note, he or she will have the opportunity to publish his or her article in one of the most well respected law journals in the world. A unique feature of JITPL is that there is no limit as to how many candidates JITPL chooses to publish from each candidacy class.
There are two ways to receive an invitation to join the JITPL Candidacy Honors Program: “grade on” or “write on.” Students who have completed between 25 and 38 course hours and have ranks that are within the top 25% of their class are eligible to “grade on” to the Journal. Students who have completed between 25 and 38 course hours and have ranks that fall within the range of 26% to 50% are eligible to “write on” to the Journal. The “write-on” program is hosted by all three JMLS journals and requires a student to write a short law review comment that analyzes a specific closed research problem. The student’s comment will then be reviewed by the JITPL executive editorial board and those students who successfully complete the “write-on” will receive invitations to participate in the JITPL Candidacy Honors Program.