Write-On Competition

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Why Join NSLJ?

  • Small and selective group
  • Involved in a constantly evolving and dynamic area of law
  • Publication opportunities for student notes in our journal or on our website
  • Proximity to Washington, D.C. allows for interaction with big names in the field
  • Relatively new publication, offering exciting opportunities to shape our long-term future

NSLJ Fast Facts

  • One of the top three student-run law journals in the nation focused on national security

  • Both digital and print issue published each fall and spring

  • Engaging events that complement our written publication, such as our symposium on cybersecurity, featuring Mr. Kiran Raj, the former Deputy General Counsel for Cybersecurity at DHS, Mr. Scott Ferber, Counsel for Cyber Investigations at DOJ’s National Security Division, and Mr.Gerry Stegmaier, a Partner in the Information and Innovation Group at Reed Smith LLP.


How To Join

The George Mason Antonin Scalia Law School’s Write-On Competition runs most years from mid May to early June.

Write-On: Submit the completed Write-On Packet, including a signed Grade Release Form, and the optional resume and statement of interest (recommended for all 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Es).

Comment-On: Submit a paper of publishable quality on a national security law topic (2Ls and 3Es only) [Learn more]

More Details

The National Security Law Journal (“NSLJ”) is participating in this year’s write-on competition for George Mason Law students seeking journal membership. All students applying for membership on NSLJ must have at least one full academic year remaining in law school, including all first-year students (1Ds & 1Es), all second-year students (2Ds & 2Es), and third-year evening students (3Es) graduating next May or beyond. To be eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 as determined by the GMUSL Records Office at the end of spring semester.

Our Editorial Board will review each submission. There is neither a minimum nor a maximum number of positions available to students competing in the write-on competition, so we encourage all eligible students to participate.

Your write-on packet will be graded blindly. A score will be calculated based on the quality of your response to the write-on topic and your answers to Bluebook exercises.

Applicants with the highest scores will receive the strongest consideration for membership. Applicants may also submit an optional résumé and statement of interest. This portion of the application is optional, and you will not be penalized if you choose not to submit a response. However, this is an opportunity for you to tell us what interests you in the National Security Law Journal. Your response can help distinguish you as a potential Candidate Member and will be taken into consideration when extending offers. The statement of interest, if submitted, should be 250 words or less. For your résumé and statement of interest, please do not include your name or other identifying information on either document. This policy is to ensure the blind grading system is not compromised.

Please note that whatever materials you choose to include should be submitted in electronic format, just like the rest of your packet.

Our Process

The NSLJ Editorial Board will review each submission, and we take the blind grading process seriously. Our Managing Editor is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the blind grading process and distributing application packets to the review teams anonymously. He or she does not participate as a reviewer.

Separate teams will review the comments, Bluebook exercises, and optional materials for each applicant.  An applicant’s identity will only be revealed after we have calculated a final weighted score for the entire application packet.

Again, there is neither a minimum nor a maximum number of positions available to students competing in the write-on competition, so we encourage all eligible students to participate. Students selected for candidate membership will usually be contacted in early July.


The write-on process itself is managed by the George Mason Law Review; please visit their website for further details concerning their deadline each academic year.

Be sure to review the submission instructions contained in the Write-On Packet very carefully. Unfortunately, students who do not comply with the submission instructions, or fail to submit their application on time will not be considered for candidate membership.

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If you have any questions, please contact our Managing Editor at admin@nslj.org. Good luck!