Diary of a 1L
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Sunday, May 23, 2004
9:14 PM

I'm so tired of filling out these journal applications, even though I've barely started. "Why do you want to be on our journal?" You tell me! I don't think "to pad my resume" is an acceptable answer. Maybe this is one of those things where I have to ignore conventional wisdom and blaze my own trail. Maybe I should start my own journal! Or maybe I should spend the time that I would have spent working on a journal writing my own law articles and trying to get them published. I looked at a reference book that listed all the law journals and the percentage of unsolicited articles that get published. For some of them, it's very high! It seems like if you just write the article and send it somewhere, you have a good shot at getting published, period, especially with a non-refereed journal. My research project that I started last week made it clear how easy it is to have 10000 words to say on a statutory subject once you delve into the case law and legislative history.

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