Academics

Bar Exam Preparation Teams Pages

Second- and third-year students who are interested in receiving news, reminders, and resources related to preparing for a bar exam are encouraged to join the Bar Prep July 2022 or the Bar Prep July 2023 Teams pages.

Please submit this form to join.

Contact: Professor Katie Pagel

Information for 3Ls Planning to Take a Bar Exam

If you plan to take a bar exam this July, please fill out this form. This form will allow you to sign up for a number of things, including extended access to Eckstein Hall, summer parking, lockers, and access to the July 2022 Bar Prep Teams page. If you have questions about taking a bar exam this July, Professor Pagel is available to meet with you to discuss your bar prep plans. 

If you’d like to make an appointment with Professor Pagel, you can email her at kathleen.pagel@marquette.edu.

Contact: Professor Katie Pagel

Marquette Law Review Write-on Competition Information

Note: If you attended the interest meeting on April 12, you are up-to-date (i.e., there is no new information hiding in this post). This is meant for students who were unable to attend the interest meeting but are interested in learning about the Write-on Competition. 

Write-on Competition Timeline

  • Step 1: Register on TWEN (available now) before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June ­12, at which point enrollment will close.
    • The Marquette Law Review Vol. 106 Write-On Competition Westlaw Web Course (TWEN) will contain all materials, instructions, and the platform for submission.
  • Step 2: Receive anonymous number and additional instructions for the competition. 
  • Step 3: The 2022 Writing Competition will begin at 8:00 a.m. on ­­­­­June 15, and end at 8:00 p.m. on June 26th. 
  • You must turn in your submission by 8:00 p.m. on June 26 for your materials to be graded. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Step 4: Marquette Law Review Editorial Board members will grade your competition materials. You will receive notice of your result within a reasonable time after your submission. 

Write-on Competition Details

There are two key components of the Write-on Competition: 

  • (1) Issue Analysis: A concise, analytical treatment of a relevant legal issue addressed in cases and legal scholarship provided to you.  Your Issue Analysis will not be a reiteration of case law. Rather, it will analyze the issue and provide a reasoned explanation as to which legal result you think is justified. More specific information will be provided prior to the Write-on Competition’s start date.
  • (2) Bluebook Editing Exercise: An exercise in identifying and correcting errors in citation, formatting, grammar, and punctuation according to the Bluebook and the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style (TLR) (no need to buy the TLR––we will provide the passages to you).

How to Prepare for the Competition

  • Finish final exams (you shouldn't "worry" about this until after finals)
  • Read the examples that will be posted on the TWEN page before the competition. 
    • These examples will walk you through content, structure, format, and citation form.
  • Browse through published Marquette Law Review articles and comments.
  • Review the contents of the Bluebook. 
  • Submitting a technically perfect Issue Analysis may give you an advantage in the competition, and basic familiarity with the Bluebook will make the editing exercise easier.  Have your copy of the Bluebook ready for the competition.

If you have questions regarding the Write-on Competition, please contact Joe Franke at joe.franke@marquette.edu

Contact: Matthew Kass

Summer and Post-graduation Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw Access

Continuing students: You will have automatic, unrestricted access to your Bloomberg Law and Lexis accounts this summer. There is no need to register and you do not need to limit use of these two accounts to academic purposes during the summer months. (You must limit use of your Lexis account to academic purposes during the regular academic school year.) You will also have access to your Westlaw account this summer, including Practical Law, but must continue to limit use of this account to non-commercial purposes. Non-commercial purposes include coursework, Research Assistant assignments, law review or journal work, moot court research, unpaid non-profit public interest work, clinical work for credit, and internships/externships for credit through the law school. You can continue to access other databases, such as Fastcase and HeinOnline, as you would during the fall and spring semesters.

Graduating students: Your unrestricted Bloomberg Law access continues for six months after you graduate. Unrestricted access to Lexis continues through December 2022, and your post-graduation Westlaw access will continue for 18 months (up to 60 hours of Westlaw use per month compared to the 180 hour monthly cap in place for active student accounts). Watch for an email to your @marquette.edu account from the law library in late May with additional information about this extended database access and more. 

Your access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw is tied to the graduation date in your account profiles for each system.

All: Employers or organizations with which you volunteer or intern might require or prefer that you use firm/organization accounts rather than database access through academic accounts. Please understand and comply with relevant practices and policies. Importantly, you must not share your Marquette-affiliated account credentials or access with anyone, including classmates or colleagues at work who have their own accounts.

Questions? Please contact us. Reference assistance and research consultations are available to you throughout the summer and beyond; just contact the Reference Desk to get started. We're happy to help!

Contact: Elana Olson

Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review Write-on Competition

Are you passionate about civil rights and social justice? Then the Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review wants you! MBSWLR is a student-run journal, publishing articles devoted to public interest, international and domestic civil rights, and social justice perspectives on employee benefits, disability, elder, health, poverty, and social insurance law.

Membership on the Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review ​is open to all to second year (2L) and third year (3L) law students, based on their individual performance in our annual Write-on Competition, consisting of a Decisional Analysis and Bluebook exercise.

This year, our annual Write-on Competition for Volume 24 will begin on Sunday, June 5, 2022, and end on Friday, July 1, 2022. Membership decisions will be extended to students within one week of the MBSWLR Executive Board receiving your competition materials.  

Membership on MBSWLR provides the unique occasion for students to advance their writing, editing, researching, and analytical skills. Experience serving on such a Law Review increases employment opportunities and provides members with the valuable opportunity to work with fellow students, law school faculty, and legal scholars. And most of all – we have fun!

If you are interested in participating in the Write-on Competition, please email Samantha Jozwiak at samantha.jozwiak@marquette.edu before noon on Saturday, June 4, 2022, to register for the competition.

Not sure if you want to compete yet? Come learn more about joining the Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review at our virtual event on Wednesday, May 18, at 6 p.m. Email Samantha Jozwiak at samantha.jozwiak@marquette.edu to RSVP to the event and receive the invite.

Contact: Samantha Jozwiak