Associate Editors: Second-year Law Students

In March 2017, the Ottawa Law Review (OLR) will select its Associate Editors for the 2017–2018 academic year. Associate Editor positions are reserved for second-year law students, who obtain three-course credits for their work. Students can apply their course credits towards the fall or winter semester.

Associate Editors are responsible for:

  • Editing the text of publications for grammar, style and syntax;
  • Ensuring footnote citations conform to the prescribed standards;
  • Verification of primary and secondary source material;
  • Mentoring Assistant Editors; and,
  • Serving on one of the following committees:
    • Submissions
    • Online Edits
    • Human Resources
    • Communications
    • Business (Finance)
    • Academic and Professional Development
    • Community Development
    • Special Projects

The OLR operates on a rolling cycle. Committee work will take place throughout the academic year, depending on the nature of the committee and task assigned.

There is no bilingual requirement: we are seeking students who can operate in either French or English, or both.


To apply for an Associate Editor position, prospective candidates must submit:

  1. A letter of intent
    • Formal cover letter structure; maximum 1 page, Times New Roman, size 12
    • Please indicate if you are bilingual and able to assist with editing French articles
    • Should outline:
  1. Why you wish to join the Ottawa Law Review as an editor
  2. Core Competencies: research skills, legal writing (including working with footnotes and text editing)
  3. Interpersonal Skills: teamwork, project coordination/management, and effective communication
  1. A resume
  • Maximum two pages
  1. A substantive editing and citation assignment


  1. Text Edits:
    1. Correct all errors in red pen following the proofreading marks at Appendix A of the OLR Style Guide. Indicate proofreading marks in-text and in the right margin (see example on page 15 of the OLR Style Guide)
    2. Where necessary, please provide justification for the correction by indicating the rule from the appropriate authority (McGill Guide, OLR Style Guide, etc.) in the left margin
    3. Focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling and the other editing guidelines indicated in the OLR Style Guide over editing stylistic choices made by the author such as word choice
    4. Follow the hierarchy of editing authorities indicated in the OLR Style Guide

You can find all the necessary editing documents under the Submissions à Resources tab.

  1. Footnote Edits:
    1. Correct all footnotes provided on separate pages at the end of the assignment (no edits to be done in the footnotes of the text)
    2. Highlight in yellow all errors in the footnote provided then reproduce the full, corrected footnote below. Corrected footnotes should be typed.
    3. Do not edit textual components of footnotes, unless indicated in the editing authorities (e.g., the text in parenthetical notations do not have to be edited for punctuation, spelling etc, but parenthetical notations must conform with OLR Style Guide Rule 1.7)
    4. Editors must provide justification for all edits and corrections to footnotes using the McGill Guide or the OLR Style Guide
  2. Scan completed exercise and attach it to your application. Please ensure corrections and justifications are legible


Reference letters, writing samples and any additional materials will not be considered.

Applications are to be submitted as one PDF document. Please send all applications to the attention of Kimberley Pollard, Human Resources Manager, at before 4:00pm on Friday, March 3rd, 2016.

Candidates are not required to have served as an Assistant Editor to be considered for an Associate Editor position. However, Students must serve as an Associate Editor to be considered for a Senior Editor position in their third year of law school.

Any questions related to the application process can be directed to Kimberley Pollard, Senior Editor and Human Resources Manager at


Weight will be given primarily to the substantive exercise (particularly attention to detail), followed by your letter of intent, resume, and overall quality of the application.

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