Student Membership

Journal members are selected from a highly competitive candidates writing program. First year law students ranked in the top third of their class, and select winners of writing and advocacy competitions are extended invitations to participate in the program, which consists of a write-on competition and Bluebook examination. This competitive admittance program ensures a continued high level of quality throughout the American Journal of Trial Advocacy’s writing and editing process.

An invitation to participate in a Writing Program for membership on the American Journal of Trial Advocacy is an honor extended to eligible Cumberland students who earn the privilege to write for membership. The Journal offers two annual Writing Programs, one in the summer and one in January.

The Summer Writing Program is conducted in June and July for Cumberland students who complete their first year in the top one-third of their class. Additionally, the Journal offers candidacy for the summer program (provided they finish their first year with a minimum 3.0 GPA) to: (1) the top student(s) from each section of Cumberland’s LLR Program, (2) the top four finalists of the Parham H. Williams Freshman Trial Competition, and (3) the top four finalists of the Donworth Freshman Moot Court Competition

Important: First year law students who think they might be eligible should submit their summer contact information to the Journal by the first of June to avoid delays in receiving an invitation to participate in the writing program. Review our Summer Writing Program Schedule and fill out our Summer Contact form.

Additionally, a January Writing Program is conducted for Second-year students who move into the top one-third of their class after their third semester. Emails and letters will be sent to eligible students as soon as class rankings are released each January. (Some students who transfer into Cumberland after their first year may be eligible and should contact the Journal to see if they qualify.)