Read this page in its entirety. The deadlines listed are firm.

Journals are committed to making the write-on process accessible. The University of Michigan Law journals provide accommodations in accordance with ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. To request an accommodation, please email Jessica Pasquale at hanesjl@umich.edu.

In order to allow sufficient time to review requests, students should submit their requests no later than July 1 and are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. If students have questions about their accommodation request, they should reach out to Jessica.

Decisions to grant reasonable accommodations are made through consultation with the Office of Student Life and SSD. Jessica and the Office of Student Life will ensure that the identity of all entrants is preserved; no student on a journal will receive personal identifying information about any student requesting accommodation. The journals at Michigan strongly encourage all students who need accommodation to participate in the writing competition and to submit their requests to Jessica. If students with disabilities have any questions about life working on a journal, they are encouraged to reach out to an editor or attend one of the information sessions.

Students with unavoidable religious conflicts during the competition should email Jessica Pasquale (hanesjl@umich.edu) to request an accommodation.

Important dates

 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Registration opens at 10:00 pm EDT.

 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Registration to apply to the Journals closes at 4:00 pm EDT.

 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Applications open at 8:00 am EDT. Application materials will be available on each Journal's page of the site.

Law Review ONLY: Application materials will be available on the MLR Canvas site. If you registered to apply to Law Review, you will be granted access prior to this date.

 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Applications for Michigan Law Review ONLY must be uploaded to the MLR Canvas site by 4:00 pm EDT.

 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Applications for all remaining Journals must be uploaded to this application site by 4:00 pm EDT.

Go to the Registration and Application Website

REGISTRATION OPENS: 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 8, 2021

  • Use the "Ticket Registration" tab on the left menu to register and receive a Competition ID Number (also known as a Ticket Number). The system should send you a confirmation email with your TN once you complete the process.
     
  • You MUST retain a copy of the confirmation email. You will need to produce this confirmation if there is a problem with your application.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 4:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, June 28, 2021

  • It is critically important that you allow at least ONE HOUR to fill in and submit your registration form to ensure no personal or technical errors cause you to miss the deadline.

APPLICATIONS OPEN: 8:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday, July 1, 2021

  • Application materials for all journals will be available on their individual informational sites.
     
  • Use the "Submit writing competition materials" tab on the left menu when you are ready to upload your application materials. For each journal you are required to submit multiple PDF files that must be uploaded individually. Refer to each journal's application materials for specific requirements.
     
  • Prior to the deadline it is possible to edit the files you upload by replacing the existing file with a new version. The version in the system at the deadline will be the one submitted.

DEADLINE FOR MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW ONLY: 4:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, July 19, 2021

  • ALL of the required files for the Michigan Law Review application must be uploaded to Canvas and received by 4:00 p.m. EDT on July 19, 2021. You will be required to submit multiple PDF files that must be uploaded individually. The system shuts down at 4:00 p.m. EDT exactly and partial applications are not accepted. This is a firm deadline. No exceptions will be made. Make note of time zone differences if you are not in the Eastern time zone when uploading your materials.

DEADLINE FOR ALL OTHER JOURNALS: 4:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 22, 2021

  • ALL of the required files for all  journal applications must be uploaded and received by 4:00 p.m. EDT on July 22, 2021. You will be required to submit multiple PDF files that must be uploaded individually. The system shuts down at 4:00 p.m. EDT exactly and partial applications are not accepted. This is a firm deadline. No exceptions will be made. Make note of time zone differences if you are not in the Eastern time zone when uploading your materials.
     
  • It is critically important that you allow at least ONE HOUR per journal to upload your application files, to ensure no personal or technical errors cause you to miss the deadline.

Creating a PDF Submission

The process will vary based on the application used to generate the PDF. At a minimum, make sure the "Author" field is blank for the specific PDF document. Follow the instructions below to strip the metadata before you convert each of your documents to a PDF format.

By default, Microsoft Word saves certain metadata within your document, including the author's name. To ensure the confidentiality of your application, it is important that you remove all identifying characteristics from your application materials. Thus, please follow the steps below carefully. Before beginning, please make sure you have a current backup of your files on external media (e.g., a USB thumb drive).

For questions about the application website or materials, contact Jessica Pasquale at hanesjl@umich.edu.

If you believe there is a problem with the application website, contact Rich Savitski at rsavitsk@umich.edu or Callie Masten at cmasten@umich.edu.

Contact IT Support

Preparing Your Document

  • Creating a PDF

    To convert a document to PDF 

    Windows: 

    1. In Word, click File | Save As...
    2. Choose PDF (*.pdf...).

    Mac:

    DO NOT SAVE YOUR DOCUMENT AS A PDF USING THE WORD "SAVE AS" MENU IN MACOS. Doing so may not remove your personal information completely.

    1. In Word, click File | Print...
    2. Click the PDF button at the bottom, and choose Save as PDF...
    3. Ensure that the "Author" field does not contain your name.  If it does, delete it.
    4. Click Save.

    Once the PDF has been created, open it to check if your personal information has been removed successfully.

    Examples:

    • (Mac/Win) Acrobat Reader:
      Open the File, then click File | Properties...
    • (Mac) Preview:
      Open the File, then click Tools | Show Inspector...

    You should not see your name or other personally identifying information listed. If you see your name appear in the location field (in Adobe on a Mac), this is OK since the location changes based on where the file is stored.​​

  • Removing Personal Data: (Windows) Microsoft Word 2010
    1. Open the Microsoft Word file and click File.
    2. Click the Info tab.
    3. Under Prepare for Sharing click Check for Issues.
    4. Click Inspect Document.
    5. In the "Document Inspector" dialog box, select the check boxes to choose the types of hidden content that you want to be inspected. (Document Properties and Personal Information must be selected.)
    6. Click Inspect.
    7. Click Remove All.
    8. Click Reinspect.
    9. Click Inspect again to confirm that Word doesn't find any more personal information in the document.
    10. Click Close.
    11. Save the document.
  • Removing Personal Data: (Windows) Microsoft Word 2013 or 2016 (365)
    1. Open the Microsoft Word file and click File.
    2. Click the Info tab.
    3. Next to "Inspect Document," click Check for Issues.
    4. Click Inspect Document.
    5. In the "Document Inspector" dialog box, select the check boxes to choose the types of hidden content that you want to be inspected. (Document Properties and Personal Information must be selected.)
    6. Click Inspect.
    7. Click Remove All.
    8. Click Reinspect.
    9. Click Inspect again to confirm that Word doesn't find any more personal information in the document.
    10. Click Close.
    11. Save the document.
  • Removing Personal Data: (Mac) Microsoft Word 2011
    1. Open the Microsoft Word file and go to the Word menu. 
    2. Click Preferences.
    3. Click on Security.
    4. Select Remove personal information from this file on the save and Warn before printing, saving or sending a file that contains tracked changes or comments.
    5. Click OK.
    6. Save the document.
  • Removing Personal Data: (Mac) Microsoft Word 2016 (365)
    1. In Word, click Tools.
    2. Click Protect Document...
    3. Under the "Privacy" heading, select Remove personal information from this file on save.
    4. Click OK
    5. Click the Word menu, then Preferences...
    6. Click Security & Privacy
    7. Under the "Document-specific settings" heading, select Warn before printing, closing or sending file with tracked changes or comments.
    8. Close this window.
    9. Save the document.