spondee wrote:After grading write-on entries, I was most surprised how many people clearly blew off or completed last minute the Bluebooking, proofreading, and other finishing details. Those people didn't write onto LR, no matter how novel or clever their comment was.
Yeah I am pretty sure the only reason I wrote-on was because I spent much, much more time on the Bluebooking portion of the competition than probably anyone else. For the earlier poster who was looking for tips on how to do well for write-on, this is pretty much it. Everyone's comment is going to look the same, most likely, and even if your idea or analysis is inventive/creative, how are graders supposed to really measure that anyway? Yeah it's nice, but it's much easier to weed people out by just counting up Bluebooking errors.
EDIT: BTW, the above is actually advice from a 2L/3L who posted earlier in this thread. It made complete sense to me so I decided to follow it and it ended up paying off.
So yeah, in a nutshell: make sure your comment is well-organized and free of error, then make sure your Bluebooking is as close to perfect as possible.