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The hours spent researching and writing papers sometimes produce more than a grade for some law students. Their work could be among the pieces selected for publication in one of the journals put out by the nine law schools in Texas, giving them a wider readership than just their instructors and another accomplishment to put on their resum�s. In addition, students, in many cases, can serve as editors. Each law school in Texas has a journal, with submissions written by practicing attorneys, judges, professors, or students. Many of the schools have additional journals on more specialized topics, some of them online. In addition, there are journals sponsored by other groups, such as the American Bar Association or a State Bar of Texas section, which are staffed by students or accept student submissions. The University of Texas School of Law has 12 publications, including specific journals that cover criminal law, property and business law, and journals that focus on the legal system’s impact on certain groups, such as women and minorities. Among the law publications at the University of Houston Law Center are journals on health law and international law. At Texas Tech University School of Law, students are required to submit a paper for possible publication in the Texas Tech Law Review or the Journal of Texas Administrative Law, which is sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. About a dozen of the 35 or so papers submitted annually make it to publication. Some of the journals are influenced by the geography and culture of Texas. St. Mary’s University School of Law has The Scholar, a quarterly law review focusing on minority issues. Southern Methodist University School of Law puts out NAFTA: Law and the Business Review of the Americas. Students at South Texas College of Law can write about international trade law in Currents: International Trade Law Journal. Whatever the topic, Nancy Rapoport, the University of Houston law school dean, considers working for a law journal an invaluable experience. “I learned so much working as an editor,” she says. “I still enjoy writing for them.” And it never hurts to be a published author. “It gets your name out there,” says John Veilleux, director of communications and marketing for Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. “When you interview, people ask what have you done. It shows you’re the type of student who can get published.” Here is a sampling of the opportunities that students have to write or edit: Baylor University School of Law Students edit the quarterly Baylor Law Review and also have the opportunity to write for it. There usually are several articles in each edition from students, says Jami Symank, the law review’s business manager. Associate law Professor Larry Bates, the faculty supervisor for the law review, says the publication concentrates on articles that will be useful to Texas lawyers in particular. “It’s an incredible experience,” he says of the chance to work on a law publication. “You learn a lot about writing and how to manage people.” St. Mary’s University School of Law There are two publications put out by students, the quarterly St. Mary’s Law Journal and The Scholar, which concentrates on issues that affect minorities, says Diane Pipes, executive director of public relations for the university. The founders of The Scholar say in a message to readers in their first publication last year that they were inspired to begin the journal partly in reaction to Hopwood v. University of Texas. The Scholar came out once last year and is tentatively scheduled to be published twice this year, says Victoria Mather, associate dean for academic and student affairs. About 20 students will work on the publication, while approximately 50 will put in time on St. Mary’s Law Journal, she says. South Texas College of Law This institution puts out three scholarly publications — The South Texas Law Review, Currents: International Trade Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel Review. South Texas Law Review, which covers a wide range of issues, is a quarterly, while Currents comes out twice a year. Currents, with a subscription list of about 300, has both a business and legal readership, says Cheryl McEntire, communications director for the college. Southern Methodist University School of Law Students can work on five quarterly journals published by the school, including the SMU Law Review and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, which concentrates on issues involving aviation and space. Those with an interest in the North American Free Trade Agreement can help edit NAFTA: Law and Business Review of the Americas, a journal co-sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice. The International Lawyer, the official publication of the ABA’s Section of International Law and Practice, also deals with trade, as well as finance and dispute resolution, among other topics. Also published at SMU is the Computer Law Review & Technology Journal, a quarterly journal of the Computer Section of the State Bar of Texas that is edited by students. Christine Szaj, associate dean for administration and executive editor of The International Lawyer, says, “Serving on a journal is traditionally viewed very favorably by a potential employer. To be on a journal is still one of those prize plums that gives them valuable experience.” Working on a law journal also puts students on the cutting edge, where they’re the first to read about new developments and to be involved in current issues, Szaj says. A well-edited journal is a boost to a law school, she adds. “It’s good for the school,” Szaj says. “The quality of your school is reflected in the quality of your journal.” Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law The Thurgood Marshall Law Review, which is edited by students, contains articles and book reviews. It also contains case notes and comments authored by students. The topics for the journal, which comes out at least once a year, are selected by the student board, says the law school’s Rhona Goffney. Texas Tech University School of Law Law students are required to submit a paper to the Texas Tech Law Review, a quarterly that is edited by students, according to Tech’s Donna Jones. Articles in the review are written by legal scholars and practicing attorneys, while students write case notes or comments on a variety of subjects, she says. Beginning last year, the State Bar of Texas began sponsoring the Texas Tech Journal of Texas Administrative Law, another student-run publication, Jones says, adding that it’s slated to come out twice a year. Texas Wesleyan University School of Law The Texas Wesleyan Law Review is run completely by students, Veilleux says, and they also can submit articles on whatever subject interests them for possible publication. The review comes out twice a year. University of Houston Law Center Students have the chance to work for the Houston Law Review and three specialty journals. These publications are edited by students, giving them an invaluable experience, Rapoport says. In addition, they also can write for them. The Houston Law Review has quarterly issues, as well as a symposium issue, and covers current legal issues. The Houston Journal of International Law comes out at least three times a year. The Houston Business and Tax Law Journal is an electronic publication that is slated to have its first annual printed version out next spring. It covers topics such as bankruptcy, antitrust law, and mergers and acquisitions. “It publishes articles on the Web to get them out quickly,” says Mary Anne Bobinski, the associate dean for academic affairs. The other specialty publication is the Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy, which comes out twice a year and has student editors and peer-reviewed articles. University of Texas School of Law When Susana Aleman graduated from the University of Texas in 1984, the law school had four journals. Today, there are 12. The proliferation of journals came about, in part, because more students want to specialize in certain areas of the law, rather than be generalists, says Aleman, now the assistant dean for student affairs. In addition, some of the journals evolved from student groups with an interest in a particular subject, she says. Whichever one they work on, the experience is worthwhile, Aleman says. “The students gain a lot of experience in research, editing, and writing,” she says. “These are skills needed by a lawyer.” The publications, which are edited by students, are published one to seven times a year. They include the Texas Law Review, the American Journal of Criminal Law and The Review of Litigation, which looks at major cases in all areas of the law. Some of the journals are sponsored by a State Bar section. Those include the Texas Environmental Law Journal, Texas Forum on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and Texas Journal of Business Law. One of the newer journals, the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, also is sponsored by its State Bar section. Other journals are Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Texas International Law Journal, Texas Journal of Women and the Law, and Texas Review of Law and Politics.

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