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Writing on to law review is both a first and second year event. For ILs, there is a short write-on competition, usually in the spring. You write a casenote on comment on a topic of the editorial board's choosing. They give you all the cases and footnotes and you just have to organize it and write it. TRUST ME, you want to get on this way. For those who do not get on in the short write-on competition, there is a long write-on in the fall of your second year.