Friday, August 03, 2012
"Reaching the Merits"
There, in the holy of holies, adorned with wisps of emergent satori, is the lama.
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The problem is that most articles editors say that cover letters are irrelevant and that they never read them. So if you're asking us for the best cover letter, no responses may in fact be our "Zen" answer.
(Incidentally, you might also find that you get more of a response if the reader knows what the post is about in the first paragraph, above the break. If you make readers work their way through a lot of writing before you get to the point, relatively few readers will still be reading by then.)
Posted by: Orin Kerr | Aug 3, 2012 6:01:09 PM
It's in the nature of shaggy-dog stories to be shaggy, but the argument got woolly as well.
I'll have more organized thoughts on legal academia's neglect of juries, and the complexity of "fact-finding," in a later post.
Posted by: Jim von der Heydt | Aug 3, 2012 9:14:46 PM
"relatively few readers will still be reading by then"
Yes, those are the ones I was writing for. The others will ignore the post (with, apparently, one exception).
In the same way, editors that value the cover letter will value a good one, and editors that don't will ignore one. It's hard to see the merit in ignoring the former, even if there are fewer of them.
Posted by: Jim von der Heydt | Aug 3, 2012 9:19:01 PM
This post is really bad. You are a law student? You need to learn how to state your points succinctly and clearly. Work on that before going into blogging.
Posted by: Prof. | Aug 4, 2012 5:52:50 PM
Jeez, Prof, it's a blog post, not a brief. I hereby advise the readers to chill.
Posted by: Bruce Boyden | Aug 5, 2012 10:46:01 AM
Thank you, Bruce. I thought Prof's comment was "really bad," especially considering his/her choice to post anonymously.
Posted by: Aaron M | Aug 5, 2012 7:48:17 PM