kurama20 wrote:thesealocust wrote:kurama20 wrote:Yeah but I was told that if you do it that way you don't have to do the write on competition that is actually right after finals--meaning some serious burnout. Not having to deal with that has to lessen the stress level somewhat. Also I was told that you can "note on" after 1L, whereas with the write on you have to do it as a 1L. There obviously both really hard, but you don't have to face that condensed time commitment that the write on requires.
1) The writing competition is in late February and/or early march
2) The way the 'note on' process works, you can do it any time you want to. That being said, the odds of a 1L coming up with a topic, writing a paper, getting it edited, submitting it, having it reviewed, and being selected for publication before February are close enough to 0 that I think it's fair to just call it impossible.
3) Keep in mind that people on law review have to write/submit a note, which means that the competition for being published already includes every member of law review.
1. Thats even WORSE. That's actually while you are still studying for your 1L classes and exams. That's incredibly stressful and a huge extra burden. 2Ls and 3Ls told me that that's one of the main reasons why many people in the past didn't even attempt the write on comp.
2. That was my exact point. You aren't forced into doing it 1L year, you have more than a damn week to do it.
3. Never disagreed that it was tough, but the nature of the time frame makes it somewhat less stressful.
The problem with noting on is that you don't get a boost for OCI which is the main benefit of Law Review (aside from the pool table and free sodas). Having the writing competition during late February is far less stressful than having it after finals when you're burnt out from studying. In late February you aren't really focusing on finals given that school has only been in session for about a month.
As far as competition with people on Law Review for notes, it seems that there are a decent number of notes from people who aren't on Law Review. Everybody on Law Review doesn't always submit their note for publication, rather they just have to write a note. Some people assuredly mail it in on their note and don't really intend to have it published.