I haven't participated in the transfer write-on comp for CLR nor know the answers to the questions you ask, but from what I understand the packet is smaller and not meant to take as much time to complete as the one handed out at the end of the 1L year.If the transfer write-on comp has the same three components (case note, bluebooking, diversity statement), nothing is preventing you from doing the diversity statement now. The CLR staff actually suggests this to the 1Ls during the orientation meeting. Your transfer PS will probably be a good start.Also, if you have interest in any of the secondary journals, then keep those in mind as well. They're always welcoming of new members. Occasionally there's a chance to be an editor depending on how the journal is staffed or if someone drops a commitment to another journal after they find out that they wrote onto CLR.
As for the diversity statement, it's basically what you bring to the table that makes you unique. It could the the socioeconomic, racial or ethic component that most people would probably think of, but it doesn't have to be. It could also be an intellectual or academic accomplishment. If you worked before school, those skills and accomplishments are also fair game. If you've studied or worked abroad, that could be the source of a diversity statement.
If goaliechica is around, she could probably give you more solid advice or suggestions. Unlike myself (who would rather work for my secondary journal than CLR), goalie bothered with the competition.
No. There are no competitions for the other journals. That's what I meant by "They're always welcoming of new members." I more meant to point out that if you're interested in doing journal work and would also like to have some editor responsibility, there may be space. For the journal that I'm part of, the outgoing EIC was a transfer and this coming year one of the executive editors was a transfer. And for my journal, you can't have an exec board position w/o having previously been on the editorial board.quI'll give you another reason that a secondary journal may be a good thing to look into. It's a good way for transfers to meet people.