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About the Seventh Circuit Review

Purpose

The Seventh Circuit Review is a semiannual, online journal dedicated to the analysis of recent opinions published by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Seventh Circuit Review seeks to keep the legal community abreast of developments and trends within the Seventh Circuit and their impact on contemporary jurisprudence. The articles appearing within the Seventh Circuit Review are written and edited by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law students enrolled in the Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar.

The Seventh Circuit Review Honors Seminar

In this seminar, students author, edit, and publish the Seventh Circuit Review. The Review is entirely student written and edited. During each semester, students identify cases recently decided by the Seventh Circuit to be included in the Review, prepare initial drafts of case comments or case notes based on in-depth analysis of the identified cases and background research, edit these drafts, prepare final, publishable articles, integrate the individual articles into the online journal, and "defend" their case analysis at a semester-end roundtable. Each seminar student is an editor of the Review and responsible for extensive editing of other articles. Substantial assistance is provided by the seminar teaching assistant, who acts as the executive editor.

The areas of case law that will be covered in each journal issue will vary, depending on those areas of law represented in the court's recently published opinions, and may include:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • antitrust
  • bankruptcy
  • civil procedure
  • civil rights
  • constitutional law
  • copyright
  • corporations
  • criminal law and procedure
  • environmental
  • ERISA
  • employment law
  • evidence
  • immigration
  • insurance
  • products liability
  • public welfare
  • securities

This is an honors seminar. To enroll, students must meet one of the following criteria: (1) cumulative GPA in previous legal writing courses of 3.5 and class rank at the time of registration within top 50% of class, (2) recommendation of Legal Writing 1 and 2 professor and/or Legal Writing 4 professor, (3) Law Review Membership, (4) Moot Court Honor Society membership, or (5) approval of the course instructor.