There’s a new publication on campus titled The Law Review. The journal is made for students, by students.
Created by the political science department, it includes student-written pieces about the law.
“It’s an academic journal comprised of undergraduate academic essays from political science related courses,” said Kyle O’Mara, a junior political science major.
Faculty supervisor of The Law Review, political science professor Jesse Donahue, came up with the idea when she realized many of SVSU political science majors attend law school post-undergraduate graduation.
She said students are required to write legal briefs and law papers in many of the political science courses offered at the University.
Donahue said he encourages students to get involved and submit their papers to the journal if they’re political science students or just took a political science course.
“We welcome papers about the law from all students on campus,” Donahue said. “But students should get involved in it if they want to go to law school.”
The first edition of The Law Review is set to arrive on campus newsstands in early April. The journal will then be published annually.
Donahue selected three students majoring in political science to be a part of and edit The Law Review. The editors are upperclassmen Kyle O’Mara, Patrick Martin and Larissa Skalecki.
As editorial staff, their job is to decide which papers to include in the journal and to edit the essays grammatically.
“My primary responsibilities as an editor are to evaluate submitted essays and help determine which will be accepted for publication,” said Skalecki, a senior.
Editors’ duties also include meeting with the writers of the essays to proofread and make changes.
“As an editor, I work with the respective authors to edit the essays for readability and length,” O’Mara said.
Students who are interested in getting their paper considered for publication for the 2013 edition of The Law Review are asked to submit two copies of their piece of writing by emailing them to Donahue.
The deadline to submit papers for the journal is Oct. 30.
Donahue said she asks students to leave out their name on one of the two copies submitted.
“One of copies should not have the student’s name because our editors read the papers without knowing who wrote them,” she said.
The other copy should include the student’s name, the title of the paper and the name of the professor who created the assignment.
Students at the University are allowed to submit up to three essays per year for each issue.
For more information on The Law Review, people are encouraged to email Donahue at email@example.com.