Associate Editor Responsibilities
Associate Editors have three primary responsibilities. First, they write a publishable quality article, called a “Note" or "Comment,” during their first year on Jurimetrics. Associate Editors may write their Note or Comment on a topic of their choosing, but are heavily encouraged to choose a topic that involves the intersection between law, science, and technology.
A Note is a piece of academic writing that analyzes or critiques a recent case or piece of legislation, and its impact on a specific area of law (involving science and/or technology). A Comment is a student-authored piece of legal writing which discusses and analyzes in depth an original legal issue or problem involving science and/or technology. A Comment should advance a particular area of legal scholarship beyond its current state, make a detailed argument, and provide persuasive evidence for each of its conclusions.
Each Associate Editor shall submit drafts of his note/comment throughout the fall and early spring semester, according to a schedule circulated by the Senior Notes & Comments Editors. Each Associate Editor works with a faculty member who has expertise relevant to the area of the Associate Editor’s article. Associate Editors will also receive individualized feedback from a designated Note & Comment Editor—a second-year member of the Jurimetrics editorial staff. Additionally, Associate Editors may seek out editing help from other resources (e.g., a writing instructor).
Second, Associate Editors shall participate in the production of Jurimetrics by cite checking articles that have been chosen for publication. When articles are submitted, it is the responsibility of the Editorial Board to determine whether the length, topic, and quality are appropriate for publication in Jurimetrics. After articles have been accepted for publication and edited for style and content, Associate Editors ensure that the citations are accurate and support the propositions for which they are cited. This includes locating and pulling sources and performing cite checks in accordance with instructions provided by the Editor-in-Chief and the Senior Executive Editors.
Third, all Associate Editors will serve on a committee. Each committee is chaired by a Third-Year Editor. Each committee has a defined purpose and initial action items to address. These committees meet between 1–3 times a semester to discuss progress that has been achieved, identify action items, and distribute work.
Currently, there are four Jurimetrics Committees:
- Social – responsible for planning the Jurimetrics banquet and any Jurimetrics-related social events.
- Write-On – responsible for helping to facilitate the Write-On Competition and related grading process.
- Media/Communications – responsible for drafting the Jurimetrics newsletters, which include breakdowns of recently published issues, upcoming LSI events, Jurimetrics-specific job/externship opportunities, and info about the Jurimetrics banquet.
- Alumni Outreach – responsible for working to build out the LSI/Jurimetrics alumni database.
Additionally, Associate Editors attend a series of seminars in the fall and early spring to acclimate to Jurimetrics, to assist them with the publication process, learn how to use their journal experience in future jobs, and to network with attorneys in science and technology-related fields.