pjo wrote:I saw on here that you list two alternative journals when you enter the write on competition for LR. Are all the secondary journals just write on? How does this work, how difficult is to to get on a secondary journal? Any journals more/less difficult to write onto?
There's a single "unified journal tryout" for LR and secondary journals. Here's how it works:
1) You rank the two secondary journals you'd like to be on.
2) You do the write-on.
3) You submit a shitload of copies of your write-on answer. These are distributed between the LR and the two journals you picked.
4) You find out what secondary journals, if any, you made it on.
5) You find out much later if you made LR, and can quit the journal you made if you don't want to do both.
How difficult it is depends on how many people bid on a particular journal. I think there's some snowball effect here, since some people will go "hey what journal are you going to try out for" and someone goes "I'm gonna try out for Virginia Journal of Bird Law cause nobody tried out for it last year" and folks talk and then suddenly 2/3 of the class is bidding on the Bird Law journal in the hopes of making a journal.
I think the journal bidding system is one of the worst things, if not the
worst thing, about UVA as a law school. I hated it and loathed it, and it ended up playing a huge role in me deciding not to stay at UVA once I had the chance to leave. The journal system is the one thing about UVA I am truly bitter about (if you can't tell) and if I could recommend they change just one thing, it would be to make the journal competition a lot better.
pjo wrote:Also... any suggestions for places with good bar food/BBQ etc? I know there's a buffalo wild wings near by but are there any "home-town" places that students prefer?
I knew a lot of students that preferred BWW and Chipotle since they're affordable and a short walk from campus. There are a number of bars with good food down along the Corner (by the main UG grounds) though.