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. Details will be made available.


There are three primary phases to our staff editing process each semester. Note that this may be in addition to other journal responsibilities, including but not limited to any blog post, conference volunteering or note writing requirements.

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 or two days, 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 four to six 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.

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