In the bleak midwinter . . .
A little inside baseball discussion for the professoriate: it seems that law review submission time is upon us.
Many of us are trying to put the finishing touches on articles during the winter teaching break. And, according to ExpressO, a number of highly-regarded reviews that have been closed to submissions are opening themselves again in the very near future. Therefore, I think it’s safe to say a tsunami of footnotes is bearing down upon many law review offices.
For the relatively new, untenured among us – oh say, for instance, me – this is an especially important moment, and it’s important to get it right. The pressure can make us a little loopy. Last week I sat listening to the lovely Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter, and when it got to the verse, “What have I to offer, poor as I am?” the image that flashed in my mind was me, face smudged with dirt, sending out a crinkled copy of my current draft article.
A wonderful professor of mine – then untenured, now safely ensconced in the tenured embrace of the Ivy league – once dressed for Halloween as ‘Notenuratu,’ a vampire-like creature whose cape was covered with pages of his draft articles.
But how, exactly, does one get the submission process right? It’s a question that I suspect takes up a lot of chat time among us junior scholars. Do you have a submission strategy? Want to share it? Pretty please?