i managed to stuff a seven-page essay (typed, single-spaced) onto a single sheet of paper in a space 8 inches by 10 inches (the size of a double-sided 5x8 note card) by reducing it to 6 point type, using a variable-width font rather than a monospace font, reducing the space between lines, using abbreviations (h8 for Henry VIII, for example), reducing the standard indent for paragraphs from 1/3" to 1/5", and using two columns rather than making it all one column (reducing the amount of space wasted at the end of paragraphs).
in 40 minutes i get to copy the essay into the bluebook. the only question in my mind now is whether or not i can write that fast.
i still have the text in the pagemaker file, so when i get home i'll post the essay (complete with abbreviations) and see if anybody care (ha!).