Monday, March 29, 2010

Keep Your Head Up, Kid

Enough people forwarded us this thread (autoadmit.com: standard disclaimers apply). One day, friend, you will look back on this moment, and laugh. Until then, just think about what you will do with your free time for the next few years. It's gonna be alright.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there any way to either see my actual tryout scores or appeal the process?

I followed the instructions to the letter, so I know it can't have been something stupid. I applied the Bluebook rules diligently and proofread my Bluebooking section several times. My writing portion was coherent and proofread several times. I submitted two clear personal statements answering the prompts and providing solid anecdotes regarding my experience in each field.

Other people are telling me they left several sections blank or did not even do personal statements.

Anonymous said...

Personal statements don't do anything unless you're on the edge. I would just submit an email to the EIC of each journal you applied to, giving them your tryout # and nicely asking for a re-grade. Not sure if that'll work. Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

^ Thanks. I will do that.

Anonymous said...

Appeal? Your materials were probably read by numerous people on both journals you applied to, and twice managed to fall below the relevant standard. What do you think requesting a re-grade will accomplish besides pissing people off and making for awkward conversations?

Anonymous said...

You used supra for cases, didn't you?

Anonymous said...

'Appeal? Your materials were probably read by numerous people on both journals you applied to, and twice managed to fall below the relevant standard.'

This presumes facts not in evidence - that graders know their heads from their arses.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there usually a second round for journals that didn't receive enough applicants? You might have made some stupid mistakes, or you might have just applied to very competitive journals.

Anonymous said...

"You used supra for cases, didn't you?"

I did not.

Anonymous said...

I'll just add this:

I read some awful tryouts, missing easy spelling errors or other easy corrections in addition to an inability to bluebook. I'll excuse some tougher BB edits, but some corrections are so glaring that not getting them repeatedly just means that you either a) didn't get it or b) didn't give a shit. Either way, it's a headache I'd rather avoid down the road when I have to fix your work. Sorry for sounding harsh, but thats the reality of it.

Seriously, spelling corrections you should get perfect.

Anonymous said...

were we supposed to actually read the tryouts? i thought it was supposed to be like exam grading -- ie, random.

Anonymous said...

i feel like you have to do REALLY poorly to not make any journal. especially if you applied to JOLT, VaSE or VELJ

Anonymous said...

Hey 1:51, your tryout was pretty poor too. Stop being an unsympathetic jerk.

Anonymous said...

"Seriously, spelling corrections you should get perfect."

Especially in this spellcheck-deprived era.