Law Review Board Turnover Dates:

Kaimipono Wenger writes:

Colleagues are talking about it in the hallway. How many boards have switched over? Where exactly are the windows, and when exactly is the "sweet spot" for sending a piece out?

I'm hoping to solicit some responses from our readers, in the comments to this post, to help provide our readers with the information that may help them answer those questions. Are you affiliated with a law review? Has your board turned over? If so, please indicate this in the comments. If enough readers comment, we may be able to collect some useful information. (I believe this could be useful both for the authors, who will send their pieces out at the best time, and for the editors, who will hopefully see fewer premature articles).

Details -- "the West Dakota Law Review board turns over on March 1" -- are particularly appreciated. Thanks!

If you have answers, please go to Prof. Wenger's post and add a comment there. (Please don't post the comments here, since the comments are most useful if they're all gathered in one place.) Thanks!

SMU Law Review turns over April 2.
2.28.2006 8:41am
Michigan Law Review officially turns over March 13, but Articles Editors are already reading new submissions.
2.28.2006 9:19am
Cornell Law Review:
Turned over last weekend, is in transition now, articles editors are reading submissions
2.28.2006 9:29am
Arizona State, March 1.
2.28.2006 9:36am
Sasha (mail):
Um, Eugene says: "Please don't post the comments here, since the comments are most useful if they're all gathered in one place."
2.28.2006 9:51am
Law Girl:
Northwestern turned over Feb. 11.
2.28.2006 10:15am
I knew it... one wayward commenter, and the dam would break.

Further evidence that going to a "top 15" law school doesn't mean that you're able to read, comprehend, and follow directions.
2.28.2006 10:22am
SG (mail):
Temple Law Review just announced the new ed board yesterday, but the board transitions throughout the semester with new ed Board members taking on new tasks piecemeal in order for the old ed board to pass along as much institutional memory as we can.
2.28.2006 10:29am
Curses, you fools!

2.28.2006 10:57am
Six of One (mail):
Eugene should ask David Bernstein how to turn off the comments feature! :)
2.28.2006 10:59am
Um, does anyone else find the following sentence slightly annoying: "Where exactly are the windows, and when exactly is the "sweet spot" for sending a piece out?"

Is this a polite way to say: "When's the best time to game the system so that the newbie incoming editors, who don't yet realize that my article isn't good enough to appear in their journal, will nevertheless give it a spot it doesn't deserve?"

Just sayin'...
2.28.2006 11:00am
No, I didn't have that reaction at all, A.S.

What a strange, seemingly arbitrary snark.
2.28.2006 11:11am
Bob Bobstein (mail):
It's almost lunchtime! You know what sounds good? A pork roll egg and cheese.
2.28.2006 11:15am
I agree with Plainsman.

"When are my chances the best" is a legitimate question for anyone to ask, regardless of the merits of their writing. When the boards turn over, usually all of the article slots in the following year's volume are open, and they immediately begin getting snapped up.

A.S.'s comment only makes sense if one thinks that the "sweet spot" is advantageous to authors because the new editors are rushed and confused and not as good at judging article quality as they would be later on. I don't think that's the case at all... or at least I don't think that's what Prof. Wenger perceives the situation to be. It's about applying for space when the space is open, not about trying to blow something by the editors.
2.28.2006 11:31am
OK, my apologies... (I was a Notes editor, not an Articles editor - wasn't as much competition for spots there!)
2.28.2006 11:41am
ed johnson (mail) (www):
OK, W.B., instead of "the new editors are rushed and confused and not as good at judging article quality," how about "the new editors are inexperienced and prone to fill up their space too quickly when they should have waited for better articles?"
2.28.2006 1:26pm
My experience with my law review was that the articles editors' choices were just as bad at the end of the cycle as they were at the beginning. They knew how many spaces they had to fill, at what pace the articles would come in, etc. Any benefits that the editors gained from the experience of a couple of months were cancelled out by the fact that by mid-summer the selection of available articles has been picked over.

It's a debatable point, I suppose.
2.28.2006 1:44pm
In defense of the above posts that failed to follow directions to the link (I posted one of them from one of the "top 15 schools" under a different name): I blame my failure to read the instructions carefully on being in class and browsing the web during a prof's tangent, seeing the post, jumping right into comments, and just going with the flow.

Turning off the comments option would've been a good move. It was a riveting post, shame on me for not hanging on every word.
2.28.2006 4:32pm
Law Girl:
My appologies. I posted without reading the previous comments.
2.28.2006 6:51pm