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Southeastern Environmental Law Journal

Student Notes

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As a member of SELJ, students have the opportunity to sharpen their writing skills and learn more about environmental law while researching a particular issue in the area. SELJ is unique in that it publishes up to two Student Notes per issue (four per year) selected from its own membership. This gives University of South Carolina Law students an excellent opportunity to be published, which is not only a great honor, but also a talking point with any perspective employer. Additionally, SELJ members often use this as a way to complete their 30-page paper required for graduation from the School of Law.

SELJ does not accept notes from current students at schools other than the University of South Carolina. The typical length for a note is 30-60 pages, although SELJ only requires that the Student Note submitted for fulfillment of the SELJ requirement be 15 pages. Note, however, that the USC School of Law paper graduation requirement is a 30-page paper.

2L Member Editors are expected to complete a Student Note during either the Fall or Spring semester of their 2L year. This note must be on one of the environmental law topics provided by the Research Editor or another topic approved by the Research Editor.

Each 2L is assigned to one Student Note Editor. The Student Note Editor is a 3L who guides the Member Editor in selecting a topic, making deadlines, and editing the Note if the ME is chosen for publication. If a Note is selected for publication, the Member must make sources available for editing; the paper is then treated as an article and subjected to a similar, but expedited edit process.