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The Associate Editor position is a three-credit course for second-year law students. Associate Editors can apply the credits towards the Fall or Winter semester; however, Associate Editors work throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.
Associate Editors are responsible for:
- Editing the text of publications for grammar, style, and syntax;
- Ensuring footnote citation conform to the prescribed standards;
- Verifying primary and secondary source material;
- Serving on a committee; and
- Mentoring Assistant Editors.
Candidates are not required to have served as an Assistant Editor to be considered for an Associate Editor position. While the OLR is a bilingual academic journal, we do not require our editors to be bilingual. The OLR seeks students who speak French, English, or both.
Any question related to the application process can be directed to Mr. Cody Watson, Human Resources Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for an Associate Editor position, please submit:
- Cover Letter
- Maximum of one page
- Must indicate:
- Why you wish to join the OLR as an Associate Editor;
- Core competencies (i.e. research skills, legal writing, etc.);
- Interpersonal skills (i.e. leadership, teamwork, etc.); and
- Whether you are sufficiently bilingual to edit in French.
- Maximum of two pages
- Maximum of two pages
- Substantive editing and citation exercise (Download here)
- Text edits
- Correct all errors in red pen on the document itself.
- Where necessary, please justify the correction by indicating the rule from the appropriate authority (McGill Guide, OLR Style Guide, etc.) in the left margin.
- Focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and other editing guidelines indicated in the OLR Style Guide. Do not focus on editing the author’s stylistic choices, such as word choice or passive voice.
- Footnote edits
- Correct all footnotes on a separate document (do not edit the footnotes as they appear in the original text)
- Highlight all of the errors in yellow then reproduce the full, corrected footnote below. Corrected footnotes should be typed.
- Editors must justify all footnote edits using the McGill Guide or the OLR Style Guide.
- Text edits
Please scan your completed exercise and attach it to your application. Please ensure that all corrections and justifications are legible.
Please email your application package as a single PDF document to the attention of Mr. Cody Watson, Human Resources Manager at email@example.com before 4:00PM on Friday, March 8, 2019.
Reference letters, writing samples, and any additional materials will not be considered.
Method of Evaluation
Weight will be given primarily to the substantive exercise and feedback received from work performed as an Assistant Editor (if applicable), followed by the cover letter, resume, and overall quality of the application.
The Senior Editor position is a six-credit course for third-year law students (three-credits per semester). Only students who served as Associate Editors will be considered for Senior Editor positions.
Senior Editors are responsible for:
- Pre-screening submission and voting on which to publish 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 throughout the academic year.
Please see the Senior Board positions available for 2019–2020 here.
To apply for a Senior Editor position, please submit:
- Personal statement, which answers the following questions:
- Why you would like to be a member of the OLR Senior Board?
- What special qualifications or particular interests do you have that you would bring to the Senior Board (i.e. previous organizational or leadership experience, major research projects, publications, etc.)?
- What is one strength and weakness about the OLR?
- What are your top three Senior Board positions? (You do not have to describe why).
- Please indicated if you are sufficiently bilingual to edit in French.
- Resume (maximum of two pages).
Please email your application in PDF format to the attention of Mr. Cody Watson, Human Resources Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org before 4:00PM on Friday, March 8, 2019.
The 2019–2020 Senior Board will be selected by the outgoing Senior Board on March 11, 2019. Successful candidates will be notified shortly thereafter.
Candidates can apply either to Editor-in-Chief (Administration) or Editor-in-Chief (Articles), but not both.
To apply for an Editor-in-Chief position, in addition to a Personal Statement and Resume, candidates must:
- Participate in a substantive exercise during the week of March 18, 2019 (specific times to be scheduled at a later date).
- Provide a 500-word platform outlining what the candidate would like to accomplish as Editor-in-Chief and outlining his or her strategic vision for the OLR.
Please submit platforms to the attention of Mr. Cody Watson, Human Resources Manager, at email@example.com before 4:00PM on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
Senior Board Elections
Once the Senior Board has been selected for the 2019–2020 academic year, elections will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Both the incoming and outgoing Senior Boards will elect the three Editors-in-Chief, along with the remaining Senior Board positions. Candidates should prepare a short (three minute) presentation about themselves and why they should be selected for the position. Editor-in-Chief candidates should be prepared to answer two or three interview-style questions.
Method of Evaluation
Weight will be given primarily to editorial and committee work performed as an Associate Editor, followed by the personal statement, resume, and speech.