1. A cruel and unusual punishment for masochistic first-year law students interested in furthering their competitive instincts in another academic venue.
2. The method by which egomaniacal law professors can get away with lazy academic work and/or inattention to detail.
Law reviews and student law journals feast on first-years willing to put in the requisite hours to subcite. Subciting entails verifying both the technical and substantive aspects of citations.