There are two methods of obtaining membership: Grading On and through the Summer Writing Competition.
(1) 1RD and 2ED students will receive an invitation for automatic membership if the finish in the top 5% of their respective class after the first semester of their 1RD or 2ED year.
(2) 1RD and 2ED students will receive an invitation for automatic membership if they finish in the top 5% of their respective class after the second semester of their 1RD or 2ED year.
(2) 2RD and 3ED students who are not already members of any law review will receive an invitation for automatic membership if they are in the top 5% of their respective class after the first semester of their 2RD or 3ED year. These students, however, are not eligible for Administrative Board positions.
(3) Students who transfer from ED to RD will receive an invitation for automatic membership if they fall within the top 5% of the RD upon transferring.
Summer Write On Competition
(1) Once you have completed your 1L year, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Journal’s Summer Write On Competition.
(2) Look for announcements towards the end of the Spring semester to learn more about that year’s competition and deadlines.
(3) To be eligible for Journal membership, a student must have a cumulative grade point average greater than or equal to 2.7 and must participate in the writing competition offered to his or her Eligible Group (as defined in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law Handbook).
(4) The summer writing will consist of a closed research packet. Each student will be required to submit an entry in compliance with materials given and instructions supplied therein. The structure and requirements of the paper fall under the discretion of the Journal‘s external managing editor.
- Andre & Blaustein, LLP
- Archer & Greiner
- Ashby & Geddes, P.A.
- Ballard Spahr LLP
- Bayard, P.A.
- Blank Rome LLP
- Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow
- Cozen O’Conner, P.C.
- Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
- Duane Morris LLP
- Ferry, Joseph & Pearce, P.A.
- Fox Rothschild LLP
- Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, P.A.
- Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- Heckler & Frabizzio
- Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.
- Landis Rath & Cobb LLP
- Lynch, Cox, Gilman & Mahan, P.S.C.
- Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar
- Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson, P.A.
- Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
- Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
- Morris James LLP
- Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
- Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
- Potter, Anderson & Corroon LLP
- Prickett, Jones & Elliott, P.A.
- Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
- Reed Smith
- Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
- Saul Ewing LLP
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- Smith, Katzenstein & Furlow LLP
- Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
- Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Members of the Journal are responsible for four types of assignments:
1. Read Against – This is a comparison of an edited article in its revised state to insure all changes/corrections have been made.
2. Source Collection – This is a compilation of all the cases, statutes, law review articles, books, etc. which we collect for editing and cite checking purposes for all of our published articles.
3. Substantive Edit – This is a comprehensive edit of an article based on those sources collected in the source collection. It involves editing every aspect of the article, from Bluebooking to context and grammar.
4. Unreported – Only a select number of Delaware Court of Chancery opinions are published in the A.2d. We publish the most important of those not reported in the A.2d in each of our issues. An unreported assignment involves adding key numbers and head-notes and a summary of the case.
The Journal is a law review publication with over 30 years of experience and recognition in the legal community. It is read nationally and internationally and has been cited by the judiciary and several prestigious law reviews. According to a Washington and Lee University, the Journal is currently ranked 136th out of 681 student-edited specialized journals, 4th in “Commercial Law” and “Corporations and Associations,” outranking similarly focused law reviews and journals at schools such as Harvard, NYU, and Fordham. Student members are awarded one credit for each semester of participation on the Journal, as well as one credit for a required writing assignment. This assignment also satisfies the writing requirement for Delaware Law. Members who are selected to Board positions receive two credits each semester in their third year. Membership on the Journal is listed as an “honor” on your resume and can be noted in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
All members have an equal opportunity to compete for publication, and a published article is an achievement that can be listed on your resume, a cover letter, and in Martindale-Hubbell, SSRN, LexisNexis and Westlaw. Imagine presenting a prospective employer with a copy of the Journal with YOUR published article contained inside in response to a request for a writing sample. You may know all of these things already—what you may not know is that the majority of employers who recruit students in the fall require or strongly prefer students with Journal experience. Wouldn’t it be nice to list the Journal on your resume this August?
The Journal does have a pronounced corporate focus, but this should not deter those students with a non-corporate career goal from participating in our Summer Writing Competition. More than half the Journal’s members each year have no intention of practicing in the corporate arena. Additionally, Journal alumni practice in almost every area of law (see martinedale.com, search keyword “Delaware Journal of Corporate Law”). The Journal recognizes the diversity of its members and is flexible in its scope concerning its student authors. In the last two years, staff members have written about issue as broad as employment law, intellectual property, consumer bankruptcy, and criminal law. Because business is so pervasive in our economy, corporate law becomes intertwined with almost all other aspects of the law. While its corporate focus is what makes the Journal so valuable to its readers, its flexibility is what makes it so valuable to the student members and authors. In addition, the corporate knowledge gained through membership on the Journal will come in quite handy in Business Organizations and on the Bar (it isn’t too soon to be thinking about that!).
Delaware has carefully constructed its laws to encourage businesses to incorporate here. As a result, the majority of Fortune 500 companies have incorporated in Delaware. Due to the high rate of incorporation and the complexity of the Delaware General Corporation law, many of these corporations look to the Delaware Court of Chancery—internationally recognized as corporate law experts—for dispute resolution. As noted by The Honorable Collins J. Seitz, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in his introduction in the first issue of the Journal in 1976:
The corporate law focus of this law review is most appropriate for a journal published in Delaware. It concerns an area of the law in which almost every practicing attorney is in some way interested and which touches the affairs of almost every citizen in some manner. The publication of this new journal will provide an opportunity, in this pervasive field, for suggesting new approaches to old by yet unsolved problems and for developing techniques to deal with new problems emerging from the changeable fabric of our economic life.Hon. Collins J. Seitz, Introduction, 1 DEL. J. CORP. L. ix (1976).
To understand the law, an attorney must be able to express the law in a skillful and intelligent manner. Consequently, employers typically review two things when deciding whether to interview an applicant: grades and journal membership. The legal profession has a competitive job market, and you want to make yourself stand out in every way possible. It is necessary to distinguish yourself from the substantial pool of qualified candidates. Therefore, joining a journal will make you a strong applicant.
Journal membership is one of the most important factors in finding a job. Although membership on a journal is not an absolute prerequisite for employment, employers will expect a skillful and intelligent writer. Journal membership will provide you with those skills. As such, many employers use membership on the Journal as a screening tool. Being a member of the Journal will also open doors to alumni who are willing to help you secure a job in your field of interest.
The Journal is Delaware Law’s original law review. There is no significance to the title “Journal” other than that it is the name they chose. Nevertheless, attorneys and employers across the country know the name the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. Membership on the Journal is instantly recognized by employers and extremely helpful in securing employment after (or before) graduation.
Many evening students hold full-time jobs and are successful members of the Journal. We have members of the staff and board who have families, full-time jobs and attend classes at night. They would love to speak with you about their experience! Full-time students on the Journal also hold part-time jobs. Many opportunities for part-time employment are offered by Journal alumni who are flexible and understanding.
Litigation involves months, or even years, of research and writing before stepping into a courtroom. Membership on a journal develops skills that are essential to a successful litigation practice. Many members of the Journal participate in Moot Court and ITAP. A significant amount of litigators in the areas largest law firms are Journal alumni.
A significant portion of Journal members are interested in areas of law outside of corporate
law. Membership on the Journal is less about subject matter and more about securing the
substantial opportunities accompanying membership. All major employers understand the
significance of Journal membership on an applicant’s resume. Although seeking
employment outside of the regional area normally would be difficult, the Journal is
recognized and acclaimed nationally.