Our Vol. 30 summer editing staff application can be accessed here and will close on May 1, 2024.
Our Vol. 29 staff editor application is currently closed.
The Volume 30 application form can be found here, and will reopen for the fall 2024 semester later this year. All, including Texas Law 1Ls and 2Ls, are encouraged to apply! Please email with any questions.


The Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights (formerly Texas Forum on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights) offers membership by application process to incoming and current law students, including LLM students. The Journal is an excellent source of information on current issues in civil liberties and civil rights law. The Journal is also available on Westlaw, Lexis, and HeinOnline. Additionally, the Journal holds an annual conference and other events related to civil liberties and civil rights.

Interested students can apply at the beginnings of the fall and spring semesters, as well as through the summer write-on. The Journal requires editors to pay annual dues. Details on deadlines will be made available. The application is below.


There are three primary phases to our staff editing process each semester. We have relatively light editing responsibilities for our staff editors as compared to our journals, and no set hours requirement. It’s all about getting the work done. We typically have many 1L members.

Staff Training. We host a mandatory staff training for all staff editors, to include all aspects of editing such as bluebooking and MOUSing. This is typically about an hour and a half to two hours.
Staff Edits. On one day, typically on a weekend, early in the semester, each Article Editor assembles their staff editors to pull sources and generally check whether those sources support the content. In total, staff editing may take around four hours, but staff editors should check with their Article Editor for specific scheduling and timing.
Staff Assignments. During about four weeks during the semester, each staff editor is assigned a different editing partner. That partnership is assigned a selection of footnotes and/or above-the-line sections to MOUS and/or bluebook and/or readthroughs. The partnership schedules a meet-up that meets their schedules. In total each week, staff assignments may take around three hours, but staff editors should check with their Article Editor for specific scheduling, assignments and timing.