Anonymous User wrote:Ty, ty. I'm just poking fun since you came off as a bit....hostile/entitled in your first post. No worries though brother.
To answer your question, journal is useful b/c it's another indicator firms can rely on. It's hard to cull through the thousands of applications and candidates, and firms use indicators like these as short-hand for potential for success.
Might be accurate, might not. But that's how it is. Thus, it's prudent for students to do their research and be aware of what firms are looking for. A basic level of diligence would reveal that journal is important and one should work hard to get on the main one or at least a journal.
Remember that it doesn't matter what you think of your professional development strategy. What matters is what the hiring committee thinks. That ship has sailed for you w/ regards to the journal, but I would keep that in the back of your head in the future.
Major assumption noted in bold that is actually refuted by my earlier posts. Note that I repeatedly stated a clear level of awareness of the imputed significance of journal. That it is something we're all told to aspire to, that it is important, that employers like it. Did anyone tell you that being on the main journal was going to triple or quadruple your chances of a big firm callback, even over someone with better grades than you? I certainly was never told it carries that kind of weight. "Firms like it, firms care about it, they were all on journal themselves." I've heard all that stuff. I never heard that you will be utterly outboxed, even over others with shittier grades and interviewing skills.
And if I sound entitled, that's because I bring everything I was told firms care about (grades, interpersonal, writing), with the exception of main journal - not due to inability but due to a focus on becoming a practitioner, not an epic bluebook user. I'm the person they claim they are looking for. Anyone who doesn't believe that about themselves, I have some thoughts about why you too lack the results you hoped for. And before anyone gets the idea that I expressed such disdain for journal in an interview, my posts should indicate a level of sensitivity to the importance of appearances, even if I check that sense at the login page to online forums.
Anyway, of the three callbacks I've got banked, I plan on getting two offers. Entitled to, even.