Nebby wrote:To the rising 2Ls planning on writing a note: I recommend not taking a seminar in the fall. Writing a note and seminar paper at the same time was horrible.
Also, if you're writing a note you want published, then you're going to have to put in the work. I recommend treating it like a class. I set aside 4 hours every Monday to research starting in September, and it made the writing so much easier by putting in the work early.
I think this is case by case: I would advise researching the evaluation method of a seminar before committing too it rather than ruling them out altogether. Just to illustrate another data point out there, not all seminars have extended papers--some are take-home exams, others just small assignments throughout the semester, and you can usually tell by glancing at the syllabus what the work product will be (for example, my fall 2L seminar was a take-home exam and very little reading). One other twist--if you take a seminar with a prof you trust, they may permit your seminar paper and note to be on the same subject, which might be technically a violation of some policy but I know several friends who got it approved and its a nice two for one.
Re: the note, I'd second nebby about the importance of putting in the work, but I think the most important element of publication is novelty/preemption: you can brute force hundreds of hours but still fail to publish if you don't meet that primary criteria. I spent much of the fall refining my topic and research and basically wrote the entire thing in late december and january, missing tons of fall deadlines along the way, but got published because I took the time to find an area that hadn't been fully explored--and a subject I was actually still interested in, hating your note is not a great sign-- instead of putting too much emphasis on what the note editors wanted when.