You’ll have to explain what “writing onto the law review” means for the non-legal-minded people like myself.
Law review staff consist of two groups — those who “graded” on (i.e., usually those first-year law students — a certain percentage — who received the highest GPA in their first year courses), and those who “write” on — a second group of first-year students who didn’t make the cut-off point for “grading” on, but who compete in a closed-brief writing assignment that is blind-graded. Those who do best on the writing assignment earn the remaining slots on the law review staff.
I have no idea what “writting onto the law review” means either. But I do know that liberal law schools like Harvard started placing blacks on law review that hadn’t earned it as part of their in-house affirmative action programs. And that ... coincidentially... Barak Obama magically made law review there soon afterwards (the first black to do so).
Most spots on the law review (a legal journal published by the school) are given to first year student with the highest GPA...However, the school I attended reserved 2 spots for folks who didn’t have high GPAs but wrote outstanding articles. It was my and several of my friends’ suspicion that the “write on” spots were reserved for minorities.
Wasn’t always the case, but the only african americans to be selected to the law review in the 3 years I was there “wrote on.” They never graded on.