Associate Selection

The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business prides itself in selecting the most qualified and highly motivated candidates after vetting them through a rigorous evaluation of their qualifications.

Global participates in the University of Richmond School of Law’s Unified Bluebook Exam and Unified Case Note Competition.  University of Richmond School of Law students who successfully completed both Unified Bluebook Exam and Unified Case Note Competition are interviewed by members of the Executive Board.  The Global interview process is meant to serve two purposes:  first, to educate applicants about Global’s unique position in the academic discussion of issues at the intersection of international law and business; and, second, to evaluate the applicant’s interest in these subject areas, desire to learn more about international law, and motivation to be a member of a detail-oriented team of second- and third-year law students.

University of Richmond School of Law Unified Bluebook Exam

The Unified Bluebook Exam is designed to evaluate a student’s ability to effectively apply the rules of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citations to a series of questions created by a Panel of Editors representing each of the University of Richmond School of Law’s four journals.  The questions require students to develop a mastery of the primary rules set by The Bluebook and a working knowledge of some of the lesser used rules.  The ability to efficiently and effectively work thorough the questions presented on Unified Bluebook Exam provide a strong indicator of the student’s attention to detail, commitment to rigorous legal writing, and comfort preparing legal citations.

In the past, the Unified Bluebook Exam was administered over a 72-hour period and consisted of eight questions ranging over 30 pages of text.  Currently, the Unified Bluebook Exam consists of [two] questions.

The Panel of Editors administers the Unified Bluebook Exam each academic year. Every journal grades the Unified Bluebook Exam differently, and factors the Unified Bluebook Exam differently into its associate selection process. Successful completion of the Unified Bluebook Competition is, however, required for acceptance onto any of the University of Richmond School of Law’s four journals.

University of Richmond School of Law Unified Case Note Competition

The Unified Case Note Competition challenges students to prepare a comment analyzing a timely legal issue selected by the Panel of Editors in an academically rigorous manner using research sources also selected by the Panel of Editors.  The Unified Case Note Competition is designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to effectively review and analyze a broad array of primary and secondary legal sources and integrate them into a well-composed, academically rigorous, and legally persuasive comment.

Each of the University of Richmond School of Law’s journals grades and evaluates each student comment.  Each of the journals uses its own individual criteria for evaluating the student comment.  Therefore, one journal may give more weight to a particular aspect than another.  For the most part, however, primary emphasis is placed on the student’s analytical and writing skills.  The student’s ability to effectively prepare legal citations according to The Bluebook also thoroughly evaluated.