I'll bite, since it's clear that I will not be making LR or moot court next year. What are my other options besides a secondary journal? Sit around and study more? Externship? Killself?
Also, for those of us out there who are completely clueless about the process (read: me) - how does getting onto a secondary journal even work? Are they competitive to get onto?
Little more info: each journal, including law review has a write on packet that you can start working on as soon as your last final ends. If you complete the law review packet, you can submit it to LR and a secondary journal. If you feel up to it, each journal then has its own write on packet. For instance, you can do the LR packet, submit to to LR and the maritime journal. Then you can do the IP packet and the Sports Law Journal packet. You have the chance of writing onto 4 journals then. You could theoretically attempt to write onto all of the journals, but I have no idea who would do that to themselves.
To write on you have to write a case note. You'll get plenty of information about what that is as the semester winds down.
As far as competitiveness, it varies depending on all the quality of the other submissions. Someone told me that the overall number of submissions was down last year, so there was a better chance of getting on any journal. But I don't have actual confirmation of that information.
Honestly, I don't feel like the journal affected my grades last semester. I was done with all my journal work for the semester by October (I think), so it had no effect on my end of semester studying.