prezidentv8 wrote:paralegal wrote:prezidentv8 -
Wanted to thank you as well for your comments re academics and grades....both you and Masochistic have been really generous - making yourselves available to post on our class thread...
Fo sho.ObviouslyMasochistic wrote:paralegal wrote:Masochistic -
How does one get on the "Duke Law Journal"? How intense is the competition? Is it based on a writing competition...and/or is it based on grades? What exactly is the process...and when does it occur? What about the other supplemental journals?
"Duke Law Journal" is highly regarded here at the (Vault 25) firm where I work...
To get onto any of Duke's nine journals, you must compete in the casenote competition. Luckily for you, I just went through this a couple of weeks ago, so it's very fresh in my mind.
Sometime in April during your 1L year, the journals will hold a joint meeting and explain the casenote competition to you. Shortly after that meeting, you will receive the instructions for the competition. Basically, they send you a case citation; it's up to you to decide what aspects of the case to write about. Your casenote can only be 14 pages long [[BUT - 10 point font!]] and is due a couple of weeks after spring exams (was due May 18 this year).
You submit your casenote online along with your preferences of which journals you would like to join. Duke has 6 "exclusive" journals and 3 "non-exclusive" journals. You can be on only 1 exclusive journal and as many non-exclusive journals as you'd like. So you rank the 6 journals in order of your preference. Most everyone puts DLJ first, I think.
Each journal has different grading criteria to determine who they want. DLJ takes 13 people on grades alone, 13 people on casenote alone, and 13 people based on a combination of the two. Other journals weigh grades and casenote scores in different ways to decide who to invite to their journal.
We hear back in late July about what journals picked us. At that point, we can accept or decline their invitations to join.
I think that's the basic jist of the casenote competition; if I left something out that you would like answered, let me know!
Oh, FYI, the case for this year's competition is here: http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threa ... snyder.pdf
Give it a read, or at least the facts, it's pretty fantastic.
Yeah I was going to answer but you beat me to it. Solid explanation, I added one comment re: font size. Also, the facts of that case and a few of the cited cases are AWESOME.
I was too chicken to go down to size 10 font! Stuck with 12 just because I was worried the small font would piss off the readers.
Also, just found this on my hard drive, not sure if the formatting with work, but let's give it a go.
(The numbers are the number of students taken each year by the journal; the letters are abbreviations for the journals, look them up if confused)
Second-year students. ALR selects rising second-year students on the
basis of their casenote scores (45%) and grades (50%). A statement of
interest indicating personal experience with Alaska accounts for the
remaining 5% of the selection criteria, however students should submit a
personal statement only if they have an interest in or tie to Alaska.
Second-year students. DELPF selects rising second-year students on the
basis of their casenote or legal writing sample scores (50%), statements of
interest (30%), and grades (20%).
Second-year students. DFLSC selects rising second-year students on the
basis of their casenote scores (40%), statements of interest (40%), and
Second-year students. DJCIL selects rising second-year students on the
basis of their casenote scores (60%), grades (20%), and statements of
DJCLPP Second-year students. DJCLPP selects up to twenty rising second-year
students on the basis of casenote scores (60%) and grades (40%). 17
Second-year students. DJGLP selects thirteen rising second-year students
each year on the basis of their casenote scores (50%) and a brief
confidential statement of interest (30%), and first-year grades (20%).
Second-year students. DLJ selects 14 members (1/3) on the basis of GPA
alone, then, 14 members (1/3) on the basis of casenote score alone, and
finally, 14 members (1/3) on a combination of GPA and casenote score.
Second-year students. DLTR selects rising second-year students on the
basis of their casenote scores (60%), grades (25%), and statements of
Second-year students. Each year L&CP invites 19 rising second years to
join the journal through the case note competition. The two students with
the overall highest case note scores, as determined by L&CP, are first
eligible to receive invitations based solely on their case note scores. Then
students are selected based on a combination of first year grades (60%)
and their case note scores (40%). L&CP also selects up to two rising thirdyear
students on the basis of their GPAs alone. The 3Ls invited are those
with the next highest GPAs who are not already on an exclusive journal.
L&CP also selects up to two transfer students.