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About CommLaw Conspectus

The CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy publishes thoughtful, timely, and useful articles that discuss recent developments in communications law and policy. The field of communications law constantly undergoes rapid changes, and we are dedicated to addressing cutting-edge issues and technologies.

Located in Washington, D.C., CommLaw Conspectus shares a unique relationship with the Federal Communications Commission and other federal policymakers. Members of CommLaw Conspectus also work closely with the Columbus School of Law's Institute for Communications Law Studies. This one-of-a-kind program prepares law students for practice in communications law through seminars, courses, and internships in common carrier, mass media, wireless, and other communications fields.

CommLaw Conspectus is a semiannual publication. A typical issue contains three to four lead articles written by communications law scholars and practitioners and three to four student notes and comments. In addition, we periodically publish essays, book reviews, a bibliography of recent communications law books, and summaries of major communications law cases and FCC dockets.

Student Membership

CommLaw is a student edited journal. Membership is determined solely by students' participation in the Journal Writing Competition. Student's articles submitted through the Journal Writing Competition are judged by CommLaw's editorial staff. The editorial staff considers factors such as legal analysis, argumentation, writing style, and citation format. Students chosen for CommLaw membership serve one year as associates and may serve one year as members of the editorial staff. The governing body of CommLaw is the Executive Editorial Board, which is comprised of eleven editors chosen by the previous years Executive Editorial Board. Members of the Executive Editorial Board are chosen based upon their performance as associates, writing ability, cite checking ability, and commitment to the success of CommLaw.