Now in its third successful year, the Law Review is one of the most successful GULS initiatives going from strength to strength in only a few years.
The student lead initiative is headed by an Editor-in-Chief and eleven sub-editors who are responsible for regularly publishing articles on the website and overseeing the annual publication. As the first of its kind in Scotland, the GULS Law Review has set a precedent for displaying the best student writing and showcasing the sharpest legal minds at the University of Glasgow.
The team of sub-editors source articles on a variety of sections such as Constitutional and Property Law. Through maximising exposure on social media and within the law school, the aim is to attract as many readers to the website as possible. This year a twitter account and LinkedIn page have been added to our already popular Facebook page. Further, Scottish Legal News have written an article of the Law Review’s activities – gaining attention for many academics in the profession. This has ensured any academic articles and submissions are read by several hundred readers each year.
A large task at the start of the academic year was finding someone to write the publication’s foreword. Edinburgh University have recently featured some very prominent figures such as Lord Hope, however with the pool of particularly acclaimed Alumni Glasgow’s Law School have to offer, the Law Review was spoiled for choice. Everyone in the Law Review are very happy to announce that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, former law student here at the University of Glasgow, will be writing the foreword this year. The aim is always to encourage more students to submit articles and get involved in the editing and publishing where possible. With this high-profile and inspirational figure writing the foreword, it is hoped more students will be interested in writing for the Law Review than before.
For the third year in a row, CMS Cameron McKenna has kindly sponsored the Law Review. Without this support it would have been impossible for the Law Review to grow from an idea in 2013 to the fully-fledged publication it is today. As well as offering this sponsorship, CMS has generously offered writers of the best articles submitted over the academic year fast-track positions straight to their assessment centres for an opportunity for a traineeship in their firm. Otherwise, financial prizes are offered for those not interested in following this route.
The Law Review organised a drop in session earlier this semester to allow people to come along and ask questions about submitting articles and find out more about getting involved. This year the important deadline for any articles to be submitted is Friday the 12th of February 2016, with the best articles being chosen for the final hardback copy by Wednesday the 24th of February. The end product is then sent to the printers (with an award ceremony in March for winning writers) and copies of the Law Review are circulated to different law firms and top employers such as Barclays, Ernst and Young and others in the Times Top 100. This is to make sure successful writers get as much exposure as possible.
This provides an excellent opportunity to see your work showcased around Scotland and the rest of the UK which looks great on any students CV also. With the help of professors and staff at the law school of notifying students of this initiative, the Law Review seeks to become even more successful and wide-reaching than before.
To contact the Editor in chief of the Law review