Buffalo Human Rights Law Review

Admission to the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review

The Buffalo Human Rights Law Review(BHRLR) strives to be one of the preeminent publications in the field of human rights. In furtherance of this endeavor, the BHRLR is supported by an Editorial Board of Advisors composed of internationally recognized scholars and actors in human rights.

The BHRLR prides itself on maintaining the highest level of integrity and objectivity in its selection process. As a result, admission to the Buffalo Law Review is open to the entire student body and is based upon the following:

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First-Year BHRLR Admission Criteria

If you are a first-year law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, you are eligible to gain admission to the BHRLR as a first-year Clerk. Clerks are competitively selected based upon a detailed letter of interest and a resume, to be submitted in the Fall of your first year to the BHRLR in 523 O'Brian Hall, or by email at bhrlr@buffalo.edu. Please include in your letter of interest your various experiences and interests related to human rights and international law. We accept roughly 20-25 clerks, although this number varies according to the best discretion of the leadership and the projected need. Students who have clerked for the BHRLR during their first year have the option to remain on the journal. They will progress to the Associate Editor position during their second year. Note: These students do NOT need to submit a Casenote.

Second-Year BHRLR Admission Criteria

If you are an entering second-year law student at the School of Law, you are eligible to gain admission to the BHRLR only through completing the Casenote Competition in your first year. Students in a four-year program (joint-degree or part-time) must write the Casenote during their first year. These four-year students may defer membership for one year.

Every year approximately 20 new members are selected, although this number may vary. Selection of new BHRLR Associate Editors is determined solely on the basis of Casenote scores. The Casenote competition is anonymously graded by the Review's Casenote Editor.

What is the Casenote Competition?

The Casenote Competition is an annual writing competition conducted by members of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review in conjunction with the Buffalo Law Review. Students may write their Casenote during spring break or following the spring examination period.

The Casenote Competition will be run based on the format and rules traditionally used by the Buffalo Law Review, but the particular scoring and selection criteria differs from that of the Buffalo Law Review. The Casenote is graded by the BHRLR Casenote Editor on the basis of 100 points, allocated as follows:

Points Description  
25 1. Use of Authority/Research  
25 2. Bluebook Form  
25 3. Substance/Analysis

(a) Depth and logic of thought and analysis

(b) Precision of assertions and analysis

25 4. Form and Writing Style

(a) Order and organization

(b) Diction, syntax and grammar

(c) Cogency

(d) Overall effectiveness of expression


What is the Purpose of the Competition?

The purpose of the Casenote Competition is to test the skills and competencies that are most frequently used in the execution of journal duties. The Casenote Competition is designed to determine how well you write, how well you follow directions, how patient you are, if you can work well under a deadline, and if you pay attention to detail.

The Benefits of BHRLR membership:

Working on BHRLR is a good opportunity to sharpen your research and writing skills, to learn the Bluebook, and to have your own work published. Because of the skills it teaches, membership on a Law Review is highly regarded by various employers. Further, if you are interested in human rights and international law, membership on the BHRLR strengthens your exposure to and understanding of international human rights issues.

The benefits of joining the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review extend well beyond top-paying jobs at major firms and prestigious judicial clerkships, NGOs and international fellowships and opportunities. Members of the BHRLR spend many hours working together and as a result they form a vital part of the international network at the law school. In conjunction with the Buffalo Human Rights Center, members of the BHRLR usually overlap with other international initiatives and opportunities at the law school. In short, serving as a member of the BHRLR not only enhances your professional opportunities and abilities, it is an opportunity to make many new friends that share an interest in applying an international perspective to their legal careers.