let/them/eat/cake wrote:just curious: when someone gets interviewed for a lateral position after several years of actual legal experience at a firm, employers will ask for about your secondary journal experience? or is ur point they will ask about your transcript? and if that's your point, are you sure that after 4-5 years of work they are going to ask for a transcript? it's kind of meaningless at that point. also, i think the whole point of the question was that if you didn't sign the contract, and thus agree to the sanctions, that they can't mark up your transcript....
anyway, i think the sentiment expressed by "your reputation as a lazy quitter no one should hire is permanent" is a bit overblown. i, for one, have no problem with journal work, i don't mind it at all. what i DO mind, is being forced to write a note when i had no interest in doing that. it almost makes me want to quit just out of principle--i can't find one reason why everyone on a secondary journal should be forced to write a note. my time in law school should still be, regardless of my membership on a journal, as much MY TIME as possible. a lot of the way a journal is operated is based on silly precedent of what elder editors had to do/put up with, and i hate arbitrary, useless, inefficient practices.
so yeah, my two cents.
First of all, why would they not ask for a law school transcript? This would only be your second legal job, so I would assume they would still want to see it. Besides, I am pretty sure most employers are going to want everyone's transcript on file. So even if it is not a factor for hiring, they will see it eventually. And if you are still including a line on your resume saying you were on the Journal (and you shouldn't if you quit), they will for sure ask about it. From what I have been told, lateral hire interviews are a LOT more in depth than hiring interviews right out of law school. So they are probably going to get into it.
As for your concern about writing a note, the answer to that is to not be on a journal. That is a big part of the reason I didn't do it. You knew or should have known it was a requirement before you signed up, so I have no sympathy for you.