Can you please tell me more about your experience on the Water Law Review? Is it possible for 1L's to join and if yes, how?
The Water law Review is a write on competition. It has three parts. First part your given an excerpt of an article with all kinds of errors, like misspellings, missing or wrong punctuation and stuff that you have to fix using the Chicago manual of Style (if you don't have one and can afford one get it, otherwise you may have to wait for other people to use the library copy). Then there is a bluebook section where you have to fix or find all kinds of obscure BB cites. Finally there is a written part where you write a case summary or compare/contrast some cases or whatever they decide the writing part is going to be. From everyone who turns in the packet they pick like -7-12 people each semester. You can compete any semester, I did it second part of 1L. I would wait till then to try so your more familiar with the Blue Book. Once your on you can stay on as long as you want, but if you want to run for baord you should make sure you have 2 years on, becuase you will need to be an artcle editor before your can run for EIC.
Once you're on the Water law review you will have 2 atcricles a semester to work on, at least one case note/summery to write, and maybe a book note, court report or something else. You can get published as often as twice in each issue if your stuff is good enough accepted by the board.
Your work on articles will be fixing other peoples articles. You will get like 10-20 pages to edit, and check all the cites for. Checking cites is a pain in the ass and the longest part of working on the WLR. You have to go to the library find the cite the professor used, look it up, make sure its quoted right, make sure the BB cite is right, then make a photo copy of it for each cite (and if our library does not have the book you have to order from interlibrary loan). Sometimes the professors will just leave cites blank and you have to guess from context what the hell they cited to!
For about 20 days, 10 days per article per semester you will be really busy with WLR work as a staff editor. But after your first semester or so you get pretty fast at it. I think I got published like 8 times while I was on the WLR. So you have a chance to get published more than on the main law review (that's the same for all the secondary journals generally more chances to get published by the staff, because they are more student content centered than the main LR which has more article from professors, while WLR has more articles from practicing lawyers and judges on water issues and has court reports which are all written by the staff)