Write on competitions

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mileslibertatis
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Write on competitions

Postby mileslibertatis » Fri May 18, 2012 5:16 pm

I just finished the thousand page monster that Harvard sent me, and I am finishing Columbia's currently.

Anyone know if most transfers do these competitions or any information about success?

I also want to reiterate how ridiculously time consuming Harvard's competition is. It is quite demoralizing to think it was all for nothing.

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Re: Write on comeptitions

Postby concurrent fork » Fri May 18, 2012 6:10 pm

There are several threads on this if you do a search. Very low success rate for HLS (no one managed to write on in my cycle).

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Re: Write on comeptitions

Postby mileslibertatis » Fri May 18, 2012 6:46 pm

Heh. Searching TLS forums has been a frustrating process. I'll give it a whirl later.

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Re: Write on comeptitions

Postby Skyblaze » Sat May 19, 2012 12:27 pm

My searches have seemed to show that not many people manage to write on unless there is a separate write-on competition for transfers. My last final was on May 16th so I was still working on that during most of Harvard's write on. Now that you say its crazy huge I'm glad I didn't do anything stupid like try to start their write on the minute my final ended. I was already pretty darn demoralized.

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Re: Write on comeptitions

Postby Coolgrnmen » Sun May 20, 2012 12:08 am

mileslibertatis wrote:Heh. Searching TLS forums has been a frustrating process. I'll give it a whirl later.


You just did a 1000 page write-on for Harvard...searching TLS can't be THAT much more frustrating :lol:

It looks like you are doing write-ons outta my league, but when I transferred to BU they had a separate write-on for transfers and most transfers made some form of journal.

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Re: Write on comeptitions

Postby mileslibertatis » Sun May 20, 2012 1:32 am

The packet for Harvard was about a thousand pages. The subcite was 28 pages on about half the page, and my case comment ended up around 17 pages. The rest was source material.

And yeah, I started on it last Friday when I got it, wrapped it up Thursday afternoon and then did the entire Columbia one in a day. This was possible in part because Columbia's entire packet was only 139 pages, about half of which was administrative materials.

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Re: Write on comeptitions

Postby Skyblaze » Sun May 20, 2012 1:54 am

Haha, you're more of a man (or woman) than me. That's epic. After 9 months of grinding I just said forget it. I wish you the best of luck!

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby mileslibertatis » Sun May 20, 2012 12:38 pm

I just searched through some old threads. General consternation, not a lot of good information. One interesting tidbit I picked up was the sentiment that it is impossible to do both the Columbia and Harvard competitions. Someone said it would be silly to try to do CLS's in "half the time" as everyone else.

That does not bode well for my 24-hour blitz. But if I am offered a spot, I will dutifully return here and inform everyone.

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby NC1 » Sun May 20, 2012 1:19 pm

How does this work? I haven't even applied for transfer yet. I'm assuming I have no chance to write-on now. (Haven't decided on whether or not to do it yet).

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby mileslibertatis » Sun May 20, 2012 2:30 pm

Columbia and Harvard are over. Columbia has a publishable notes program to write on as well. None of my other targets have had their competitions yet.

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby NC1 » Sun May 20, 2012 3:34 pm

mileslibertatis wrote:Columbia and Harvard are over. Columbia has a publishable notes program to write on as well. None of my other targets have had their competitions yet.

That early? Even for transfers? That's crazy given the deadlines. I wasn't going to get my application out (if I did itt) until next week.

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby CanadianWolf » Sun May 20, 2012 4:07 pm

I believe that both law schools allow/require transfer applicants to compete for their law reviews even though an admission decision has not yet been made.

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby concurrent fork » Sun May 20, 2012 5:06 pm

NC1 wrote:
mileslibertatis wrote:Columbia and Harvard are over. Columbia has a publishable notes program to write on as well. None of my other targets have had their competitions yet.

That early? Even for transfers? That's crazy given the deadlines. I wasn't going to get my application out (if I did itt) until next week.

Yes. However, all of the secondary journals are walk-on. So transfers can still join a journal even if they do not participate in the writing competition.

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby mileslibertatis » Sun May 20, 2012 7:20 pm

You can compete in the competition before applying. I sent in my applications without my final grades because I am an impatient troll.

Do secondary journals have any cred in terms of resume/job stuff?

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby CanadianWolf » Sun May 20, 2012 7:23 pm

Secondary journals are important if it is in a specific area of law in which you have a demonstrated interest.

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Re: Write on comeptitions

Postby Sapientia » Sun May 20, 2012 7:55 pm

Skyblaze wrote:Haha, you're more of a man (or woman) than me. That's epic. After 9 months of grinding I just said forget it. I wish you the best of luck!


Same here. I thought I was a gunner, but holy hell. Good luck

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby concurrent fork » Fri May 25, 2012 8:46 pm

mileslibertatis wrote:Do secondary journals have any cred in terms of resume/job stuff?

At the top schools, yes. Certain secondary journals at H and Y are cited more frequently than some of the T30 flagship law reviews (Harvard JOLT is a good example). Interviewers often recognize these journals and they might score you some points or at least provide a topic for conversation.

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Re: Write on competitions

Postby mileslibertatis » Fri May 25, 2012 8:51 pm

Good to know. Getting in to Harvard but not making LR would be slightly bittersweet. But also kind of a relief.




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