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Summer Resources Guide: Participate in Write-On Competition

Law librarians are available all summer long, 9 AM - 5 PM. Contact us at for assistance. Please note that most other law school departments will be closed on Fridays throughout the summer.

Things to Do Before Competition Registration Opens

1. Complete the Procertas Bluebooking Modules 1 & 2 (list of all skills covered in each training module). Also suggest completing Bluebooking Module 3 if time allows.

  • 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.

2. Watch the recording of the Ready, Set, Write-on session held on April 11, 2023.

       Slides from the presentation:

3. Watch the recording of the Competition Teams Information Session (held April 13, 2023)

4. Watch How to Write a Casenote/Bluebooking Crash Course (held May 12, 2023)

5. Check out the Bluebooking Resources tab for more resources to get you ready for the Editing Test portion of the competition.

Casenote Examples

Casenote Examples from Villanova Journals and Law Review:

Note that the published casenotes are full casenotes--for the Write-On Competition you are asked to draft only the Background and Critical Analysis sections.

Writing Resources

How Students Benefit From Journal Membership

Timeline for the Competition

Ready, Set, Write-On Session: April 11, 2023 @ 3:15 PM, Room 302 (View Recording)

  • Representatives from the journals will provide an overview of both the law review and the write-on competition which is how staff writers are selected for journal membership
  • Will provide details about all components of the competition, due dates and other relevant information

Write-On Registration: April 11th  - April 20th

  • You must register during this time period to participate in the competition
  • You will be assigned a number to ensure your submissions are anonymous. The numbers are assigned manually so registrations received after business hours will be processed the following morning--please do not resubmit the registration form multiple times. 
  • You'll be enrolled in a Blackboard course after registration--materials for the competition will be posted there once the competition starts (see dates below)

Watch Competition Teams Information Session (held April 13, 2023)

  • Representatives from the Journals, Moot Court, and Trial Team discussed their organizations, their summer competitions and their membership selection process.

Watch How to Write a Casenote/Bluebooking Crash Course (held May 12, 2023)

  • The session will be hosted by Villanova Law Review's Executive Editor, Maddy Fitzgerald, Villanova Law Review's Managing Editor of Research and Writing, Anthony Passela, and Villanova Law Review's Managing Editor of Operations, Lizzie Klink. The session will give students an idea of what submissions should include and tips for managing content on a digital platform.

    In addition to the "How to" session, there will be a Q&A after the meeting to answer any questions you might have about writing a casenote or the summer competition generally. 

  • See slides below

May 14th @ 9 AM; Competition Begins

  • Blackboard page will appear at this time

Write-on Competition Due Dates:

  • May 21, 2023 @ 3 PM: Editing portion of the Writing Competition DUE

  • May 28, 2023 @ 3 PM: Abbreviated Casenote portion of the Writing Competition DUE


Please contact the competition email:

More about the selection process for the Law Review and the other two journals can be found in the Student Handbook

Bluebooking Resources

See the Bluebooking Resources tab for additional materials