ELPR extends membership invitations to approximately thirty-nine members of the first-year class. ELPR requires that all prospective members participate in the Joint Journal writing competition in the spring of their first year or, if the candidate is a joint degree student, in the spring of the year preceding his or her second-to-last year of law school. Transfer students are also eligible to compete for membership on ELPR. The competition begins after the last first-year final examination is completed. Upon acceptance of a membership invitation, the student becomes a staff member.
Membership on ELPR is a two-year commitment. Early in the spring semester, the outgoing Editorial Board members select their successors after all second-year staff members interested in Editorial Board positions have completed the Editorial Board competition.