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Making Law Review: The Expert's Guide to Mastering the Write-on Competition
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2009
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Making Law Review: The Expert's Guide to Mastering the Write-on Competition I can't say that I made law review because of this book, but this and Academic Legal Writing were an excellent combination that really put me in an ideal position. We had a week-long writing competition right after exams, and thankfully I had already skimmed these two books beforehand.

and p.s. I purely "wrote on" at a top 5 school, with heavy competition thanks to the crash of the legal economy, so if your dream is to be on your schools law review and you don't have great grades, don't give up!! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
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This book is worth a read if you attempting to get on law review. However, the best advice within the book is mostly just common sense. For me, the only points the book made that were helpful was

1. Law Review is great to help a so-so GPA in the job market,
2. Follow the instructions of the competition exactly,
3. If you are writing a memo, then make sure your submission is in a memo format,
4. Attend the law review informational at your school
5. Expect to focus a majority of your free time on the competition.

This last point was the most critical, in combination with something that was said to me by a law review member during the informational given at my school: Alternate days between writing and site editing (if you have to edit cites, which is common). My school's competition ran 10 days and I spent 8 of them (4 on cites and 4 on paper) working on the paper and editing citations with the blue book. Alternating the days allowed me to clear my head and put down the paper for 24 hours at a time. DO NOT get too wrapped up in the author's assertion you need to work full time on this paper like a job. I am a night student who works full time and has a wife and two children. I resolved to only write from 8PM until 1AM or so, sometimes later. In short, you can do it with other things going on but you will still have to focus significant amounts of time.

Good luck and buy this book as it may give you the slight edge needed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2011
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I had disappointing grades my first year of law school. After shaking it off, I decided to try out for the write-on competition anyway. At my school, grades are still a significant factor in making Law Review, but as the saying goes, "You can't win if you don't play."

This book is marvelous. The author begins with his own story of mediocre performance in school, but concludes by stating he was editor-in-chief of the University of Washington's Law Review. How he did it, of course, is the rest of the book.

While I ended up not making Law Review because my grades were not good enough, I was fortunate to get on my second-choice journal, which I suspect happened because of the methodical, meticulous Bluebooking I learned to do from this book. At least, the editor-in-chief alluded to that when she called to invite me to the Editorial Board!

Law Review is the goal of most people writing-on, but the value of being on a good journal can't be overlooked, especially in today's soft legal market. Purchase this book, and you won't be disappointed.
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It takes a lot of devoted time and effort to write on to a journal. Reading this book did not help at all. This book offers no secrets or helpful strategies.
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on February 21, 2014
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This is a great book for anyone who wants to get onto law review or even write an academic paper in law school. I felt it was helpful in choosing a topic for my paper and I would suggest it to anyone new to the legal field.
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on November 24, 2014
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Completely useless. You're time is better spent focusing on citations than reading this book.
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