LJSJP’s membership consists of second and third-year students attending the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Invitation to join is extended to students based primarily on writing ability and Bluebook proficiency as tested through an annual write-on competition held at the end of each school year. Academic performance is also considered Typically, rising second-year students participate in the write-on competition to earn a place on a journal for their second year of law school. However, rising third-year students are welcome to participate. Students selected through the write-on competition receive invitations during the summer between their first and second (or second and third) year of law school.
Upon acceptance, selected students become Junior Associates and are inducted onto the LJSJP staff at the beginning of the school year. Students continue in the role of Junior Associate throughout the spring semester. Junior Associates are charged with ensuring the authority and accuracy of all cited material in every article published in the LJSJP. Junior Associates also spend their first year of membership researching and composing an article to be considered for publication by the presiding Senior Editorial Board. The majority of the writing process occurs in the spring. At the beginning of Junior Associates’ second year of membership, Junior Associates are promoted to Senior Associate positions, where they guide the new Junior Associate class through the writing process.
Junior Associates may also run for a position on the Senior Editorial Board at the end of their first year of membership. To be selected for a place on the Senior Editorial Board, a Junior Associate must undergo an interview and selection process conducted by the sitting Board Members. The newly elected Board Members spend the rest of their first year of membership training to take charge of the Senior Editorial Board and LJSJP for the following academic year. LJSJP is always advised by a committee composed of LSU Law faculty members but is primarily run by its student board.