Working for the McGill Law Journal is an invaluable complement to a student’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 significant responsibilities in upholding the quality of the scholarship published in the Journal. Therefore, we seek to select disciplined students who have a marked interest in legal scholarship and who will involve themselves fully 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 and an interview. The application package is completed during the spring, and the interviews take place at the end of March.
Two types of positions are available to students seeking to join the Journal:
Editors are fully involved in the selection of articles and their preparation for publication, both of which are challenging exercises requiring a critical eye and attention to detail. Both French and English editors 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 also contribute to the life of the Journal by participating as members of internal committees addressing ongoing issues or implementing specific projects.
Managers become acquainted with the particular challenges of running a small business. They are responsible for all of the business affairs of the Journal and handle, among other matters, finances, marketing, solicitation of advertisers, and public relations. They are responsible for planning events, such as the Annual Lecture, the French Conference, Coffeehouse, and various recruitment initiatives. They may also be involved in special projects depending on the needs of the Journal. The Journal managers hone their time- and project- management skills, in addition to their attention to detail. These assets are highly valuable for whatever career path they ultimately choose.
If you are interested in joining the McGill Law Journal team:
Recruitment takes place each year from January-March and consists of an application and interview process. Students request an application through a Google Form, in which they specify the position they would like to apply for (French Editor, English Editor, or Manager), whether they wish to apply for more than one position, and the week they would like to begin their application. Each applicant has 14 days to complete the application.
You must be able to commit to two full consecutive academic years:
- 2Ls who are completing their degree in 4 years
- Members will not be able to go on exchange during their tenure
Weekly Time Commitment:
Junior Editors: 8-10 hours/week
Junior Managers: Variable (5-8 hours/week)
Junior work is credited!
Junior Editors: 3 credits per year
Junior Managers: 2 credits per year
Request an application package by completing this form.
You may apply for multiple positions, but you must complete an application for each position
- January 23 – February 6
Request Deadline: January 22 at 8 pm
- February 6 – February 20
Request Deadline: February 5 at 8 pm
- February 20 – March 6
Request Deadline: February 19 at 8 pm
1 – Request a recruitment package using this link.
2 – Specify which position(s) you are applying for. Specify the 2-week period during which you would like to complete your package.
3 – On the first day of the 2-week period, receive your instructions via email at 12:00 pm.
4 – During the selected 2-week period, complete the package.
5 – Before 12:00 pm on the last day of the selected two-week period, submit your completed package through email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your full name and position(s) applied for.
6 – Interview (if applicable).
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.