Membership on the Nebraska Law Review is often regarded as one of the highest honors achievable in law school. Candidate members are selected for membership by Nebraska Law Review members based on their performance in an annual writing competition that usually takes place at the end of the spring semester.
To become full members, candidates must complete two requirements. First, candidates must satisfactorily complete all "spading" assignments. Spading involves checking the accuracy of the text and footnotes of articles scheduled for publication in the Nebraska Law Review. Satisfactory completion of spading includes accuracy and thoroughness as well as completing all assignments by the deadline.
The second requirement for achieving full membership is the "writing requirement." To fulfill this requirement, each candidate member must submit an article suitable for publication in the Nebraska Law Review to the Executive Board of Editors. The article is called a case note/comment and generally analyzes a single case or statute. Each candidate member is guided through the writing process by an assigned mentor who is a full member.