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Osgoode Hall Law Journal

Osgoode Hall Law Journal Editor Recruitment

Why Join the OHLJ?

Student editors will gain exposure to contemporary legal scholarship and will rapidly develop enhanced legal research and writing skills. Editors are responsible for everything from the editorial review of article submissions to the full editing of articles in preparation for publication. Through exposure to scholarly writing, editors will acquire an eye for high quality work and research, which will provide a valuable foundation for their own studies. Students will also find that the editorial board is a collegial, friendly, and non-competitive place where they will form relationships with students from other sections and years, Osgoode faculty, and academics.

Editor Selection Process

All interested first- and second-year students are invited to apply for a position as an associate editor with the OHLJ. The OHLJ selects between 25 to 30 Associate Editors in early September based on the strength of their applications. Prior editing experience is an asset but is not required. To become a Senior Editor, one must first complete a year as an Associate Editor.

We strongly encourage all students to attend our open house during the second week of the fall term (location, time, and date to be announced). Students will have an opportunity to meet editors, get an inside look at what working for the Journal is like, and get helpful and important tips on the application process.

Application Requirements

As an Associate Editor, part of your job will be to assess the quality of scholarly writing. Senior Editors will also have the opportunity to publish in the Journal. Therefore, clear, concise, rigorous, and logical writing is an essential skill for OHLJ editors.

To be considered for the editorial board, your application must include three components: a résumé, a short writing sample (1-2 single-spaced pages), and a personal statement (1 single-spaced page). Please do not include transcripts, LSAT marks, or grades of any kind, as they will not be considered.

Your writing sample may be on the topic of your choice. Its purpose is to showcase the grammatical and spelling accuracy, stylistic elegance, coherence, and cogency of your writing. We will not assess the veracity of its content.

Your personal statement should address the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in becoming an associate editor and how can you contribute to the OHLJ as an associate editor? Include editing and research experience; technical, publishing or computer experience; or any other relevant skills you have.
  2. Being an associate editor means working as part of a team. Do you enjoy being involved in collaborative projects? Please describe any such experiences.
  3. What do you think are the most important elements to consider when assessing the quality of an article submitted for publication? No research is required. We are interested in hearing what you think makes an academic article good or bad.

Application materials must be submitted by email and must be in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format. Applications are accepted in early September of each year. Further information about the application process will be available in August of each year. If you have questions about the OHLJ, please email them to journal@osgoode.yorku.ca or visit our website on the Osgoode Digital Commons.