What is the Journal?
WJILDR is a student-run specialty law journal, originally dedicated to exploring provocative international legal issues. In 1995, the Journal expanded its focus to include international dispute resolution. To date, the Journal has published on topics ranging from the global effects of e-commerce to the role of religion in international law. Our authors have included law professors, an Oxford Don, a state Attorney General, a state supreme court Chief Justice, a U.S. senator, and a former President of the International Court of Justice.
Who are the current Editorial Board members?
The Journal Board members are Willamette law students interested in international law and dispute resolution. We are dedicated to producing topical, quality, scholarly work with every issue.
Our Editorial Board members can be found here, all of whom have undergone a rigorous selection process. We encourage all interested Willamette students to pursue Journal membership.
How do I join?
Each year, WJILDR seeks motivated and qualified students to join the Board as Source and Cite Editors through an Edit-On Competition.
Each spring semester, a new editorial board will be voted on. To be on the Editorial Board, you must be a 3L in good academic standing and have participated in WJILDR as a Source and Cite Editor for at least one semester. In certain circumstances, the Editor-in-Chief may be able to make exceptions.
Summer Edit-on Competition
Upcoming second and third year students in good academic standing are invited to participate in a closed universe edit-on competition. This competition usually takes place over a ten-day period in July and applications are submitted anonymously. Invitations are issued shortly thereafter.
What are some benefits to Membership?
There are many benefits to becoming a member of a scholarly journal while in law school. Some examples are listed below.
- Gaining editing skills and careful training in the Harvard Bluebook Citation Style
- Learning about issues in International Law & Dispute Resolution
- Working first-hand on cutting edge legal issues
- Discussing scholarly material with colleagues
- Publishing in an internationally recognized journal
- Acquiring academic credit for your work
- Journal membership helps satisfy the following characteristics for employment
- Cogent legal writing skills
- Top-notch legal research skills
- Attention to detail
- Leadership abilities
- Knowledge of legal citation format
- Interest in advanced legal studies
WJILDR former editors have leveraged their WJILDR training to secure federal district court and international law firm clerkships. Further, with their expanding role in the global economy, Pacific Northwest employers are impressed with international law journal experience and have hired many past members as associates.