Membership

How can I become a member of the Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal?

Students who have completed their respective program’s first-year course load can obtain membership on the Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal (EELPJ) by grading on, applying on, or writing on, as described below:

Grade-On: One way to obtain membership is by grading on.  Those of you who successfully grade on will receive your invitation after first year grades have been submitted and approved by the administration.  We anticipate that invitations will go out in mid-June. 

Apply-On:  The EELPJ allows students in the top 50th percentile of their class, after first year grades have been submitted and approved by the administration, to submit an application for membership.  We anticipate that applications will go out in mid-June.  Participants of our application process are expected to make a commitment to join the EELPJ if an offer is made.  The application includes an essay in which the applicant expresses their interest in Energy and Environmental Law and an editing assignment that allows prospective members to demonstrate their ability to perform the work required of journal members.

Write-On Competition: Another way to become a member of the EELPJ is to submit a writing sample during the annual write-on Competition.  The 2012 Write-On Competition begins on Saturday, June 16, 2012 and ends Thursday, July 5, 2012.  For further details on the latest/last competition visit http://www.houstonlawreview.org/about/write-on-competition.

What can I expect to do as a member of the Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal?

Membership on the EELPJ requires the fulfillment of the following:
Journal Writing Requirement: As 2L’s, members of the EELPJ must complete two recent developments that are deemed publishable by the Chief Recent Developments Editor and Board of Editors.  After the successful submission of two publishable recent developments, the member has satisfied the Journal Writing Requirement.  

Member on Duty Hours (“MODs”): The successful publication of the Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal requires a large team effort.  As such, 2L members are required to spend a certain number of hours per semester in the office, during which time you will complete a variety of tasks.

Cite Checks: An additional benefit for EELPJ members is the dramatic improvement in their editing skills.  This is largely accomplished through the cite check process, which entails a comprehensive edit of articles that will be published by the Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal.  2L members are directly responsible for ensuring the substantive and technical quality of published articles.