Magnifique1908 wrote:Explain what? Networking and connections from LR is based on commonalities right? You're talking about having a connection with people who also did LR? Correct me if I misunderstood. You can also network and form connections with the same caliber of attorneys based on undergrad institutions, work experience, choice in practice area, other extracurricular organizations (such as affinity groups).
Commonality is part of it. So why would you throw away that network? It's not like it means you can't have all the others—it just gives you something else to work with. Law Review also made me work side-by-side a lot of the smartest people at my school. It definitely helped grow some friendships with people who are probably going to go on to do some incredible things.
Magnifique1908 wrote:One would have to give examples of the opportunities on BOTH SIDES of the argument. I can only give a sample of people that I know that went to certain prestigious firms, made partner, made a zillion bucks, went in-house, etc. that weren't on LR and you can only give your personal sample of people who did the same, better, or worse who were on LR. That's futile in my opinion. The fact is that there are people from both groups who have great opportunities and hit the upper echelon of our profession. Of course no one can prove how life would have panned out had they turned down LR or accepted it.
And I can show how well off some TTT graduates are.
You made a claim that some people have equal opportunities, whether they do Law Review or not. I was just curious how you could confidently make that claim.
In the end, I think it makes sense for the vast, vast majority of people. In the broad view of things, it's really not that much more work. There is pretty much no chance that it will actually hurt your career, and there is a decent chance that it could end up really helping. You, personally, didn't think the extra work was worth the potential career benefits. That's fine and your choice.