Law review is essentially a requirement for academia or clerkships, but it is also an extreme boost for anyone applying to any private sector job as well. While I'm not very well informed on firm practices, I think that some of the more prestigious vault firms may only hire J.Ds with experience on Law Review.
Law Review starts in the fall of 2L year for those who succeeded in "writing on" after the spring of 1L. From the Texas Law Review website: http://www.utexas.edu/law/journals/tlr/membership
Review membership requires a four-semester commitment that begins in the fall semester of the second year of law school. There are three basic types of membership obligations:
• A note submission of publishable quality
• Periodic administrative duty, including Blue Book Cite Checks (BBCCs), Bookpulls, Changereading, Proofreading, and Cleanups (CUs)
• Office duty—one week per semester
Secondary journal membership, while also a good thing to have on the resume, is almost never held to be as prestigious as law review. Maybe if you were the Head Editor of the secondary journal, but I'm not even sure if that would even match LR. I don't think this is necessarily fair, but that is the way it goes.
When I first visited and took a UT tour back last January, I talked to a 2L on a secondary journal (he was on the Entertainment Law journal, if I remember correctly). He says that his time commitment was about 40 hours per semester, while the time commitment for some of his friends on Law Review was closer to 50 or 60 hours per semester. It sounds like a huge time suck, to be honest. But oh does it sound like a worthwhile one.
Another interesting bit of info from the TLR site:
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NOTABLE FACTS & FIGURES
The Texas Law Review:
• is published seven times per year
• contains in excess of 2,000 pages in each volume
• is composed of approximately 100 members each year
• annually hosts a symposium highlighting leading scholars in a selected field of the law
100 members per year...I don't know if that means 100 members per class year (< 25% of each class) or 100 members in any given year (< 12.5% of each class). Any current UT students care to shed light on this? RatRatRat? CountB?