Law Review Write-On Competitions:

Many law reviews hold their write-on competitions at the start of the summer after the first year of law school. A few tips on what you (or your friends who are finishing up their first year) can do now to prepare, borrowed from my Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers and Getting on Law Review:

1. Many law reviews grade you in part on your knowledge of proper citation style. (Some have a separate citation formatting, proofreading, cite-checking, and editing test; many check the accuracy of your footnotes in your write-on paper.) Ask your law review which citation style manual it uses, and whether it has any supplemental instructions explaining how its style deviates from the standard manual. Read the citation style manual several times. Make it your bathroom, bus, or exercise bike reading.