Working for the McGill Law Journal is an invaluable complement to one's legal education. The experience allows law students to be exposed to legal scholarship of the highest caliber and to interact with some of the keenest legal minds in the country and around the world. Members also obtain academic credit for their work.
The Journal is wholly student-run and independent of the Faculty of Law. Our members thus have very significant responsibilities in upholding the quality of the scholarship published in the Journal. For that reason, we seek to select disciplined students who have a marked interest in legal scholarship and who will fully involve themselves in the Journal.
Students may join the Journal after their first or second year at the McGill Faculty of Law. The selection process is competitive and involves both an application package as well as an interview. The application package is completed during the summer and the interviews take place at the beginning of September.
Two types of positions are available to students seeking to join the Journal.
Editors are fully implicated in both the selection of articles as well as their preparation for publication, both of which are challenging exercises requiring a critical eye and an attention to detail. Editors, working in English and/or French, evaluate articles submitted to the Journal in order to determine whether they are acceptable for publication. Once articles are accepted, editors correct textual grammar, spelling, and syntax, and work with the author to improve the text's structure and flow. They also check footnotes to ensure accuracy and edit footnotes to ensure compliance with the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (Cite Guide). Editors are also encouraged to participate in special projects. For example, they may participate in a variety of Special Committees that are set up to address ongoing policy issues at the Journal.
Managers become acquainted with the particular challenges of running a small business. They are responsible for all the business affairs of the Journal and handle, among other things, finances, marketing, solicitation of advertisers, and public relations. They are responsible for planning events like the Annual Lecture. They may also be involved in special projects, many of which differ according to the yearly needs of the Journal
Working for the Journal hones skills that are highly valuable for whatever career path one chooses. The Journal also provides a very social experience that gives members a great opportunity to develop enduring friendships.