Mitigating no journal

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estopped
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Mitigating no journal

Postby estopped » Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:55 am

Does taking a clinic or practicum that has a 10 hour or so work requirement mitigate not doing journal at all? It is litigation based and his writing requirements, like memos and motions and things. I stupidly did not finish write-on and have been kicking myself in the ass ever since. GULC student here, trying to hit biglaw.

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Re: Mitigating no journal

Postby BarbellDreams » Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:23 pm

No one is gonna be able to answer this question.

Taking a clinic > doing nothing. Doing more relevant work to put on your resume > doing less. Its that simple. Some employers are hard-nosed journal or bust, but for those that aren't you want to have as much experience as possible so take every clinic, mock trial, moot court, internship you can.

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Re: Mitigating no journal

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:17 pm

Does being number one in your class get you out off having to do journal ?

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Re: Mitigating no journal

Postby Lawquacious » Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:46 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Does being number one in your class get you out off having to do journal ?


Obviously, no one is forced to be on a journal (assuming they can make it on upon trying out), but even for someone at top of the class law review could be important for certain positions. Also, anyone who is that good at law school will probably WANT to be on law review or a journal, if for no other reason that they understand it can be required for certain positions. Frankly, a lot of what an associate does in biglaw is likely to resemble the tedious detail work that is often involved in being on a journal in any case.

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Re: Mitigating no journal

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:23 pm

Lawquacious wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Does being number one in your class get you out off having to do journal ?


Obviously, no one is forced to be on a journal (assuming they can make it on upon trying out), but even for someone at top of the class law review could be important for certain positions. Also, anyone who is that good at law school will probably WANT to be on law review or a journal, if for no other reason that they understand it can be required for certain positions. Frankly, a lot of what an associate does in biglaw is likely to resemble the tedious detail work that is often involved in being on a journal in any case.


Yea but tedious detail work doesn't require practice to get good at does it?

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Re: Mitigating no journal

Postby Detrox » Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:26 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Lawquacious wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Does being number one in your class get you out off having to do journal ?


Obviously, no one is forced to be on a journal (assuming they can make it on upon trying out), but even for someone at top of the class law review could be important for certain positions. Also, anyone who is that good at law school will probably WANT to be on law review or a journal, if for no other reason that they understand it can be required for certain positions. Frankly, a lot of what an associate does in biglaw is likely to resemble the tedious detail work that is often involved in being on a journal in any case.


Yea but tedious detail work doesn't require practice to get good at does it?


Maybe not but it shows you're willing to commit to it. People at law firms have been on journals, they know its not fun and they know why people don't want to do it. That's why they want to see it.




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