I give tours here at YLS, and one of the questions I get from prospective & admitted students once in a while is "What *don't* you like about the school?"
Usually, I say something like, "Well, the undergrads take over the dining hall most days, making the wait to get a tasty chicken wrap sandwich unbearable [even though we can cut in line in front of them at the check-out, until a couple classmates - including one commenter below - pointed it out to me, I had thought that no such privilege exists in the service lines]."
As of today, I have a new answer, which I should have been using all along: I HATE source citing. For the (luckily) uninitiated, source citing involves verifying the validity of each and every source used by an article's author for content accuracy, and then making sure the citation's format has been properly Bluebooked (so-called because of the ridiculously-detailed set of rules established by various law journal editorial boards and collected for our reference in the Bluebook). It really, truly sucks. I'm not kidding that today I heard a serious conversation about which commas in a particular citation should be italicized - to think that that bit of knowledge may have pushed some other piece of info out of my brain is just frightening.
I'm a pretty detail-oriented person, but my goodness - beyond the basic ability of a reader to track down a source, I could not care less about whether there's a uniform system of citation of legal scholarship, and certainly, I didn't care to spend even a small part of the last four hours of my day today making sure that some author has accurately formatted, according to Rule 18.5, the citation for the TV series 'Queer Eye.' [Some nice person at Cornell has given a quick overview of the basic citation rules here, if you want to torture yourself some time.]
I'm working on two journals this semester, and in general I like the other aspects of journal work: reviewing submissions and discussing whether they should be published, and even hunting for books in the depths of the library. But source citing would be the end of me, if it weren't for the presence of some good friends (to distract from the boring work) and yummy treats (to bribe us & keep up working). It's looking more and more likely that I won't even bother trying to join the Yale Law Journal (the only journal here that makes you apply for membership, through a competitive process)...there are much more interesting things to spend my time on around here.