In the fall of my sophomore year, I founded the Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Law Review to provide a forum for students to discuss legal issues—to create a publication and a community for students interested in law. In the two years since, our organization has become a pillar of the Hopkins pre-law community, and I would like to take this moment to reflect on how far we have come.
Last year, we launched both our website and our journal. On JHULR Online, we published numerous pieces written by our staff writers, covering topics from gerrymandering to high profile mergers. In the spring, we released the first edition of our journal, comprised of exceptional undergraduate scholarship from universities across the country, including Harvard College, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California, and our own Johns Hopkins. The product of months of hard work, our journal would not have been possible without the dedication of our contributors and editorial team. Their commitment and enthusiasm make me hopeful that there will be many JHULR editions yet to come.
In addition to our website and journal, we have sought to build a stronger Johns Hopkins pre-law community through campus events and programming. Last fall, we teamed up with the African Student Association for an event on the Rwandan Genocide and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Then, in April, we held our first annual gala, featuring a panel of prominent Baltimore attorneys. Our gala was the first event in my three years at Hopkins that allowed students to engage with influential lawyers and fellow pre-law students; it was a special and rewarding night, and hopefully the first of many. Through these events and others, we have emphasized the need for, and helped fill the void of, a pre-law community on campus. Now, as I near my own graduation this December, I am certain that our organization will continue to grow. With excitement and confidence, I will soon pass the baton.
Finally, and as always, I would like to thank our writers and editors, advisors, and all those who have continuously supported us. They are the reason why the JHULR exists.
Editor in Chief