Now it's time for the write-on competition

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Now it's time for the write-on competition

Postby thuggishruggishbone » Fri May 07, 2010 4:19 pm

How are you guys preparing? Memorizing the bluebook?

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Re: Now it's time for the write-on competition

Postby Leeroy Jenkins » Fri May 07, 2010 4:20 pm

why the fuck would you memorize the bluebook when you can use it during the comp

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Re: Now it's time for the write-on competition

Postby 270910 » Fri May 07, 2010 4:20 pm

*cowers in the corner*

What if I don't wanna :(

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Re: Now it's time for the write-on competition

Postby eth3n » Fri May 07, 2010 4:38 pm

disco_barred wrote:*cowers in the corner*

What if I don't wanna :(

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Re: Now it's time for the write-on competition

Postby steve_nash » Fri May 07, 2010 8:48 pm

As a law review editor, let me give you some unasked for advice:

1) do not memorize the Bluebook;
2) you do not need to prepare for the competition;
3) if you do feel the need, read the section of Eugene Volokh's Academic Legal Writing on write-on competitions;
4) edit, edit, edit once you write the note;
5) don't be afraid to question the assumptions of the majority and dissents in the cases -- don't leave your analytical mind at the door;
6) stay away from legalese; and
7) focus particularly on the beginning and the end -- the beginning may win or lose your case with the staff member reading your casenote. If you have lots of typos (or even one!) on the first page, your credibility is damaged. Remember: the law review staff has spent a whole year being anal about typos, citations, and other small grammatical errors.

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Re: Now it's time for the write-on competition

Postby eth3n » Fri May 07, 2010 8:54 pm

steve_nash wrote:As a law review editor, let me give you some unasked for advice:

1) do not memorize the Bluebook;
2) you do not need to prepare for the competition;
3) if you do feel the need, read the section of Eugene Volokh's Academic Legal Writing on write-on competitions;
4) edit, edit, edit once you write the note;
5) don't be afraid to question the assumptions of the majority and dissents in the cases -- don't leave your analytical mind at the door;
6) stay away from legalese; and
7) focus particularly on the beginning and the end -- the beginning may win or lose your case with the staff member reading your casenote. If you have lots of typos (or even one!) on the first page, your credibility is damaged. Remember: the law review staff has spent a whole year being anal about typos, citations, and other small grammatical errors.


appreciate the advice




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