Senior Editors: Third-Year Law Students

In March 2018, the Ottawa Law Review (OLR) will select its Senior Editors for the 2018–2019 academic year. Senior Editor positions are reserved for third-year law students, who will obtain six-course credits for their work (three-course credits per semester).

Senior Editors are responsible for:

  • Pre-screening submissions and voting on which will be published based on peer review;
  • Attending weekly Senior Board meetings;
  • Editing accepted submissions for grammar, style, and syntax;
  • Ensuring citations conform to the prescribed standards;
  • Researching primary and secondary source material;
  • Mentoring Assistant and Associate Editors; and
  • Managing a committee of Associate Editors.

Please see the Senior Board positions available for 2018–2019: available positions

The OLR accepts submissions on a rolling basis and committee work will take place throughout the academic year, depending on the nature of the committee and tasks.

We are seeking students who can operate in either French or English, or both.


Students must have served as Associate Editors and be entering their third year in law school to be considered for a Senior Editor position.

To apply for a Senior Editor position, Associate Editors must submit:

  1. A one-page personal statement (Times New Roman, size 12), which answers the following questions:
    1. Why would you like to be a member of the OLR Senior Board?
    2. What special qualifications or particular interests do you have that you would bring to the Board? (i.e. previous organizational or leadership experience, major research projects, publications, etc.)
    3. What is one strength and one weakness about how the OLR operates?
    4. What are your top three choices for positions within the Senior Board? *You do not have to list why.
  2. A resume (maximum two pages).

*Candidates should also indicate in their personal statements if they are bilingual and able to fully function in both English and French.

Applications are to be submitted as one PDF document. Please send all applications to the attention of Phedely Ariste, Senior Editor and Human Resources Manager, at before 4:00pm on Friday March 9, 2018.

The 2018–2019 Senior Board will be selected on March 12, 2018. Successful candidates will be notified shortly after.

Editor-in-Chief Positions

Members of the 2018–2019 Senior Board wishing to run for one of the Editor-in-Chief positions must participate in a substantive exercise on March 16, 2018. These students must also provide a 500-word platform outlining what the candidate would like to accomplish as Editor-in-Chief and where they see the OLR going in the future. These platforms must be submitted to the attention of Phedely Ariste, Senior Editor and Human Resources Manager, at by 4:00pm on Monday March 26, 2018. There will also be an editing assignment to complete prior to election day. More information will be provided once candidates have indicated their interest in applying for the position.

Please note

Once the Senior Editors are chosen for the 2018–2019 academic year, elections will tentatively take place on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:00am. Both the incoming and outgoing Boards will elect the three Editors-in-Chief, along with the remaining positions, by anonymous ballot. Candidates should prepare a short (three minute) presentation about themselves and why they should be selected for that position. Editor-in-Chief candidates should be prepared to answer two or three interview-style questions.

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


The Senior Board will select the next cohort of Senior Editors based on their personal statement and the quality of their editorial and committee work.




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