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Monday, February 08, 2016

The Best Time To Submit Is Precisely 10:40 on Feb. 23

The Yale Law Journal just released some interesting statistics about the submission season for the past 3 years.  Some highlights:

  • In the aggregate, the heaviest week of submissions is Feb. 15-21.  The second heaviest is Feb. 22-28
  • The number of submissions in early- to mid-March is still significant
  • A majority of offers are made in "March or later"
  • Submitting too early can hurt your chances, at least if you are not giving them an exclusive window of a couple of weeks and another journal makes an offer first

So if you don't plan to submit for a few weeks, cease your angsting, at least for now.  (If you really feel the need to angst, head over to the Angsting Thread About Angsting Threads).  

Also relish in the fact that, with 16-20 pieces per Volume, you have about a 0.08%-0.10% chance of landing a spot!  That's better than the Powerball!

And now back to writing about election law.  I'll see you soon.  

[Update: Precisely one minute before I submitted this post, Richard posted a much more thorough and thoughtful analysis of the Yale Law Journal's data. So go to his post if you want some real substance on these issues.] 

Posted by Josh Douglas on February 8, 2016 at 03:40 PM in Law Review Review, Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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