Anonymous User wrote:disco_barred wrote:shmoo597 wrote:I'm curious then...how much of a boost is law review? I get the other journals are mostly crap, but can you expect a substantial boost with law review? Or is even that relatively minimal in the scheme of things (grades, WE, etc).
LR is an enormous boost. It's a bit hard to quantify, as LR types often also have strong grades, but employers and judges definitely like to see LR, and it definitely stands head and shoulders above secondary journals.
That might be an over-exaggeration. Grades trump everything (for biglaw at least). If you have an applicant below median and on law review vs. an applicant in the top 10% but no journal, the top 10% kid without the journal will get the job.
No shit. But if you have two candidates with ~top 25% grades, one with LR and one without, both will likely apply to similar firms and the kid with LR is going to get a lot more CBs/offers, based on my experience. LR, as I and others have said multiple times on this forum, tends not to dramatically change the firms at which you stand a chance - but it will make you do better at the firms you were already qualified for. Nobody gets CBs/Offers from all (or even a majority in most cases) of the firms for which their grades make them "qualified" - and LR, all else being equal, really helps in that regard.