Prospective Members

Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Membership Selection
The Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal Executive Board warmly welcomes membership applications through its 2019 Write-On Competition. Staff editor positions are open to rising full-time 3Ls, 2Ls, and EPT students who have completed the full 1L curriculum, and who are “in good academic standing.”Interested applicants must request an APLPJ exam number from the Registrar in order to submit an application. Please request an APLPJ number no later than Sunday, June 2, 2019 by completing the Request for APLPJ Write-On Competition Number Form. APLPJ will hold applications open from Monday, June 3 until Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Applicants will be required to submit an application package for consideration by APLPJ’s Executive Board.
(1) Letter of Interest (1-3 pages)
This is your chance to show us your interest in the Asia-Pacific Region and why you want to be a part of the academic conversation guiding its future. We understand that anonymity may be jeopardized in this portion of the application, however, please do not feel constrained by this – our team will kindly look upon anyone who applies and eliminate any bias that may possibly exist towards potential candidates.
(2) Sample Technical Edit
This is your canvas and opportunity to stand apart from the competition, show us your grammar, content, and Bluebook editing skills. You will be responsible for grammar corrections, writing revisions, and Bluebooking. You must make the edits using “Track Changes” in Word. You can leave any comments for the “author” that you think necessary.
(3) Bluebooking Exercise 
This portion of the assessment is to refresh you on the Bluebooking rules, comprises 18 questions of heightened difficulty. The goal of this exercise is to accurately and fairly assess your ability to navigate through the Bluebook and prepare a citation developed with a good faith effort. The citations cumulatively test most rules in the Bluebook. The type of citations and sources provided below are similar to the sources commonly encountered below by staff editors. Bluebooking will be critical next year – not only as a staff editor to our publication but also as you write your Second Year Seminar paper/Legal Thesis.
(4) Legal Writing Sample 
We will accept up to 40 pages double-spaced of a legal memorandum (e.g. Lawyering Fundamentals assignment, Appellate Advocacy/Moot Court Brief, Second Year Seminar Paper) substantially written by yourself with little to no outside edits. If you submit a portion of an assignment, please provide a paragraph of context (an Abstract) to help us understand what the portion of the assignment is about. All application materials must be anonymous.
What are the expectations for APLPJ’s staff editors?
Mandatory training sessions will be held on a weekend early in the fall semester. Staff editors should also anticipate dedicating 16 hours during their first month next year to journal obligations, after which you are free to work on edits during your own time. Journal staff receive 1 credit per semester towards their degree and should anticipate adding the APLPJ “class” to their existing schedule once they have received an offer.

Interested in applying? Contact the APLPJ Executive Board for more information at aplpj@hawaii.edu.

Transfer Students
The Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal encourages transfer applicants to apply for membership. If you wish to be considered for membership, you must participate in the write-on competition and submit an application package.