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Sure, they put out calls for submissions all the time.  Secondary journals, especially on very specific topics, sometimes are really scrounging for papers, and will consider a lot of student comments.

This is all true. However, a big obstacle is the length issue. Comments/ notes are typically too short to be considered articles and too long to be published as case notes. Be willing to expand/ adjust your paper. 

Here's what you need to know:

Patience, persistence, and an ability to take yourself lightly while taking your work seriously will get you through law school in one, mentally healthy piece.

General Board / Re: Basic Legal Question
« on: August 07, 2007, 10:19:51 AM »
It's not simple. It's nonsensical. Also, I'm not sure if there are many Canadians who visit this board. And I KNOW you don't want an American law student to take a shot at a question about Canadian law. Trust me on that.

Transferring / Re: $250 Registration Cancellation Fee
« on: July 31, 2007, 04:31:07 PM »
Send them another polite letter telling them where they can look for that $250.

Socratic Method / Re: Con Law Question
« on: July 31, 2007, 01:35:31 PM »
Oh no. It appears I'm developing a reputation of some kind. . .

The case that comes to mind is Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503. The wearing of anti-war armbands by public school students was considered akin to "pure speach." That case discusses the "context" issues you brought up, such as time, place, etc.

My understanding is that, if an action is labeled "conduct," it is afforded no First Amendment protection at all (aside form assembly or religious conduct). So, no statute could be facially unconstitutional solely for banning a certain type of conduct, unless it infringed on a liberty interest or implicated equal protection issues. So, the answer to 3(a) is that a challenge to a statute that banned face painting except among certain groups is that it could be struck down on equal protection grounds if the painting was considered conduct and not speech. But, if the painting is considered speech (as it is likely to be), there are at least two ways to challenge the statute-- equal protection and First Amendment grounds.

I'm not sure I understand what you're getting at in number 3. If face painting is determined to be conduct, and not speech, then you are left with equal protection arguments, and those are almost always losers unless race or ethnicity are implicated.

But, personally, I think such a statute would be a violation of a non-football-game-attending person's right to liberty. I would lose that one every time too.

General Board / Re: How to improve writing?
« on: July 31, 2007, 09:57:48 AM »
The best way to improve your writing is to increase your reading. You have to love to read before you become a truly good writer.

Disagree.  Reading is not the same as writing.  Reading involves recognition, whereas writing involves mostly "reproduction".  One cannot reproduce sometimes, even things he has perfectly memorized.  For example, one can easily distinguish between British and American accent, but often cannot produce both.

I disagree with this disagreement. I submit that writing is simply an extension of reading. And your example about accents is inapplicable because speech is a very different process than thought. Reading and writing occur entirely in our minds. The paper is just recording that process.

Reading a book about writing may be useful, and I can see why an engineer would be inclined to do so (since they learn everything mechanically). However, I am absolutely certain that the best way to improve your prose is to read, enjoy, and reflect upon the prose of others. Don't set out to "learn" how to write better; set out to experience great writing.

General Board / Re: Definitions you wished you knew going into 1L
« on: July 30, 2007, 03:01:13 PM »

General Board / Re: Definitions you wished you knew going into 1L
« on: July 30, 2007, 02:15:02 PM »
Excellent topic.

Look these up in a law dictionary, for starters:


2L job search / Re: not picked for screening interviews
« on: July 30, 2007, 11:45:55 AM »
How old are you?

General Board / Re: Question Members
« on: July 30, 2007, 10:01:09 AM »
Did you all buy the pocket size Blacks Law Dictionary, or did you buy the bigger book

The newest edition is included in your free Westlaw access. If you don't want to use the computer, buy the full, unabridged volume.

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