joecane wrote: christmas mouse wrote:
missinglink wrote:I still can't believe how unbelievably short my school's journal competition packet is, especially compared to some schools. The facts, statutes, and cases span 8 whole pages, and the memo is word-limited to 2200 words.
8 pages? That is so beyond amazing to the point where I can't even begin to try and wrap my head around it. Our packet is around 100 pages and we only had 48 hours to to finish.
Competition ends in 4 hours, which means I have been awake for 41 of the past 44 hours.
Amazed how fast this year went, and somewhat disheartened that the years are probably going to continue moving faster and faster until i become my grandfather. lame. That was a nice whine session. Good luck to everyone still working!
I have 200 pages of source material and an 18 page blue book exercise. 4 days to complete.
Those kinds of competitions just make no sense to me. They are not about quality writing, editing, etc. but about who can pull the highest karat gold out of their ass, when everyone knows they can only make shit.
Grade-based competitions don't make sense either. Journal is most like legal writing classes, which typically don't count much a semester GPA. Add in the fact that people get screwed in the curve system. And sometimes (legitimately, multiple professors have noted this) grade-based competition winners are shitty journal workers because they don't actually give a damn about journal. They just wanted the title for their resume.
6 page BlueBook exercise, 2 page personal statement, and 82 pages of material we are allowed to use for a 6-8 page comment. That's all. And when it's due, we'll have had over 2 weeks to do it.