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Things to Do Before Competition Registration Opens
Don't have a Procertas account or forget your password? Request one here.
Exercises don't have to be completed all at once, you can work on them over time and also refer back to them during the actual competition.
Annotated Write-On Casenote
Example from a previous year with notes designating each required portion of the casenote and tips for formatting titles, footnotes, and other aspects of the assignment.
Casenote Examples from Villanova Journals and Law Review:
Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review by
Call Number: 5th Edition available on Reserve (ask at Circulation Desk)
Older editions available on the 2nd Floor at KF250 .V6 2010. Required text for Separation of Powers course (Prof. Samahon)
Scholarly Writing for Law Students, Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers, 4th by
Call Number: On Reserve (ask at Circulation Desk): KF250 .F34 2017
Publication Date: 2017
Older editions on 2nd Floor at: KF250 .F34
Grammar, Punctuation, and Style: A Quick Guide for Lawyers and Other Writers by
Call Number: 2nd Floor at: KF250 .C87 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Softbound - New, softbound print book.
The Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers by
Call Number: 2nd Floor at: KF250 .E84 2011
Publication Date: 2012
The Grammar and Writing Handbook shows you precisely which rules need to be followed, how to choose the correct words, and the most effective way to structure every sentence to help you compose more persuasive, stronger material that's flawlessly written. The book includes a brief history of the English language, as well as comprehensive information on every thing from singular vs. plural, to composing a legal memorandum.
Plain English for Lawyers by
Call Number: 1st Floor Reserves: KF250 .W9 2019
Publication Date: 2019
How Students Benefit From Journal Membership
Timeline for the Competition
Competition Information Session:
- Watch recording from April 14th session
- Representatives from all journals as well as Moot Court, Trial Team and Sports Law Negotiation Teams will be there to walk you through their summer competitions.
Write-on Registration: Closed April 21st at midnight.
- You must register during this time period to participate in the competition.
- You'll be enrolled in Blackboard course after registration--materials for the competition will be posted there once the competition starts (see dates below)
How to Write a Casenote Session (recording)
- Journal members reviewed the parts of a casenote and addressed formatting and citation requirements.
Write-on Competition: Begins May 10th and ends on May 31st
Questions? Please contact the competition email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More about the selection process for the Law Review and the other two journals can be found in the Student Handbook.
Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style by
Call Number: Reserve, ask at Circulation Desk: KF250 .M48 2017
Publication Date: 2017
Also available in the Journals office.
Legal Citation in a Nutshell
Call Number: Reserve Study, ask at Circulation Desk
Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook by
Call Number: Reserve, ask for it at Circulation Desk
Publication Date: 2020
This survival manual teaches how to understand and master the essential rules for legal practitioners. Rules are fully described and illustrated using: Clear explanations and illustrations of the basic components of legal citations; Step-by-step instructions for building citations to the most common authorities cited by legal practitioners. Includes tips, hints, and cautions to help users avoid common citation errors.