NoleinNY wrote:Judge Philip Banks wrote:Hey NoleinNY - just wanted to say congrats on finishing up 1L! Must feel nice. How's the write-on competition going so far for you? Did you do anything to prepare for it?
Thanks! The write-on is OK... It's not fun, but you gotta do it if you want to get on. I'm also trying out for Byrne, and I'd rather get that. I didn't really prepare for write-on. Not much you could do to prepare for it besides paying attention in Legal Research and Writing class haha.
I have heard some people read Volokh's Academic Legal Writing and/or the Bluebook at some point before the competition - you think that is overboard? The few 1Ls I know at LLS didn't do any prep, either, for what it's worth.
So you are doing both the Byrne tryouts AND the write-on at the same time?? That seems pretty hard haha. I was looking at the Byrne tryout requirements that are publicly available, and it seems pretty tough. How do they really expect anyone to be able to competently and meaningfully take part in the tryouts when you haven't had any training in those activities, such as closing arguments or direct/cross examinations (or are there instructions that explain everything?)? This is especially in comparison to the write-on, where you should essentially learn much of what it takes to successfully compete in a required class (LRW)...