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Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation

Joining JELL

Why should you join a journal?

  • The experience is highly prized by future employers.
  • Journal work improves skills used by all lawyers and law clerks such as attention to detail, careful editing, ensuring adequate and relevant support for a proposition, and carefully critiquing other ideas.
  • Learn which writing styles and techniques work and which do not.
  • You get at least one credit per semester, allowing you to take a lighter load at some point (say, when you're working on your comprehensive paper).
  • You have a better chance of being published while a student: JELL keeps some spots open for student articles, and your experience will help you understand what a journal looks for in a publishable piece.
  • Leadership positions on journal managing boards are highly valued by law firms, non-profits, and judges because they teach personal responsibility, good time-management skills, and the ability to meet deadlines.

Why is JELL the right journal for you?

  • If you are an environmental law student, JELL is a must.
  • This is your chance to be exposed to the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources law, network with people in the field, and build your resume.
  • We edit as a group one night per week, with the following benefits:

    • You know in advance approximately how much time JELL will take each week, no marathon editing sessions that dominate your free time for weeks out of the semester.
    • You will not go stir crazy editing by yourself.
    • Everyone has equal work; those who finish early help those who are still working.
    • If you have a question about a citation, the managing editors and your fellow staff editors are right there to help you.
    • It is a chance for the whole journal to check in, so staff editors are kept up to date and have a chance to ask questions.
    • It is a chance to actually get to know your fellow editors.
    • It is fun!
  • JELL reserves spots for articles written by staff. Staff editors are expected to produce a publishable piece relating to environmental law. This requirement is a great way to finish your writing requirement in your second year and a chance to be published.
  • With at least ten managing board positions, and only fifteen to twenty staff editors, you have a great chance to take a leadership post in your second year on the journal.

How to join JELL and new staff editor responsibilities.

If you have questions or just want to know more about JELL, please email or come into our office in the journal suites. 

  • How to apply:

    • Participate in the joint JELL/OLR/ORIL journal competition in the summer.
    • Select JELL on your preference sheet.
    • It is just that easy!
  • Responsibilities:

    • All staff editors are required to participate in weekly editing sessions, generally from two to three hours long. Editing sessions include "hard edits" (checking the article and citations at the beginning of the editing process for substantive and formal accuracy) and "second pages" (reading the final article aloud to one another at the end of the editing process to fix any remaining errors before publication).
    • Staff editors are also responsible for "pulling" sources before each "hard edit," which generally takes one to two hours the week before editing.
    • JELL will hold a training session in the first few weeks of fall semester to teach you the basics of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation and The Chicago Manual of Style.
    • Staff editors also assist with the Duck Dash and symposium, represent JELL by tabling at the PIELC, compete in our annual Editor's Cup tournament, and perform other tasks as needed.