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Why You Should Become a Part of the WASLR Team

The Western Australian Student Law Review is now more than two years old with three volumes to show for it. We have a lot of exciting plans for 2019—starting with recruiting some new members. We are looking for two junior editors and two senior editors. Read on to learn about the positions and the value of being a member of our editorial team.  

What’s the difference between a junior editor and a senior editor?

We have a three main stages of editing an article. First, a junior editor edits the article for AGLC compliance, heading consistency, and spelling and grammatical errors. Second, a senior editor conducts a more in-depth edit of the article, checking the junior editor’s work and adding to it, making sure the legal propositions and arguments are sound, making suggestions and comments to the author, and making amendments with respect to grammar and phrasing. Third, the article is checked over by a second senior editor.

Being a senior editor involves a larger time commitment. Senior editors are expected to have completed most of their core law units and be comfortable querying and critiquing the substance of an article. Senior editors take on responsibility for individual articles and are also responsible for corresponding with authors and giving feedback to junior editors on the junior editors’ work. Junior editors are an integral part of our team, but the time commitment is lower and expectations are modified to accommodate for the fact that you are expected to be in the early years of your law degree with less experience and knowledge than a senior editor.

Why become an editor?

  • CV value. While we expect you’ll bring a genuine love of editing and the law to the team, being an editor for an academic journal is great for your CV. Among other things, it demonstrates and develops the ‘attention to detail’ that employers are so keen on.

  • Skill development. Editing articles with the WASLR is a fantastic way to improve your AGLC knowledge, legal writing and editing skills, attention to detail, time management skills, communication skills, and teamwork skills. In my experience, the more time you spend reading and working on law-related papers, the better your own work and law school assignments will be.

  • Networking. The WASLR team meets monthly and is made up of students from all different law schools, just like our authors. It’s a great way to meet your peers.

  • If you love the law, you’ll probably love being an editor. It’s an opportunity to read about areas of the law that you otherwise might not and learn new things. I have had an incredible time working with the WASLR since founding it and it’s incredibly rewarding to see everyone’s hard work come together in a published volume available via AustLII at the end of each year.

How to apply:

Please email a concise cover letter (no more than one page), CV and academic transcript to executiveofficer@wastudentlawreview.com. Applications are due by 9.00 am on Monday, 25 February.

We expect different things in applications depending on whether you’re applying to become a junior or senior editor. For junior editors, we don’t necessarily expect you to have legal experience or law extracurriculars, but we’re looking for people with the following:

  • time management skills;

  • reliability;

  • communication skills;

  • attention to detail; and

  • enthusiasm for the role.

For senior editors, we are looking for:

  • legal/extracurricular experience (editorial experience is great but not necessary);

  • high academic achievement in your law degree;

  • attention to detail;

  • time management skills;

  • communication skills;

  • reliability; and

  • enthusiasm for the role.

If you have any further queries about applications, please contact executiveofficer@wastudentlawreview.com.

Claudia Carr