Even though the winner gets his/her note published, I'm definitely disinclined to do little more than the bare minimum on my note.
Quote from: nbf on June 29, 2007, 11:07:04 PMEven though the winner gets his/her note published, I'm definitely disinclined to do little more than the bare minimum on my note.The winner gets the note they wrote in 1 week published? That doesn't sound right at all. All the casenotes I graded for law review were crap, even the good ones. Writing something to be published is an endeavor that doesn't get completed in one week.
Some schools give more than 400 pages of reading
Prof. Volokh's book, Academic Legal Writing, is the most popular guide to this. You can also look through your law school's review and see what types of student notes get published. The team that publishes those student notes typically designs the competition material, so you get an idea of what type of student writing is "publishable."My advice for someone who really, really wants to do well:1. Start by reading student notes published by your school's journals in the last couple years.2. Read Volokh's book, especially the chapter on the law review competition.3. Read the bluebook, tab it up, learn to love it.4. Read the packet carefully. The ability to follow the rules exactly is one of things being tested, and the easiest way to lose valuable points that might get you on the review is to start breaking rules.5. Start early. Many schools have it due before people start working, so treat it like a job.6. Don't work too hard. Kind of counterintuitive, but it's a tough, long slog to do this, and it's right after finals. So make sure you don't burn yourself out working for two days straight and then don't have the energy to edit it and clean it up enough, or start cutting corners and violate rules.