Importance of Journals

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Importance of Journals

Postby DwightSchruteFarms » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:13 am

Hi, I know this may have been addressed already but how important are secondary journals? I recently got onto one of the secondary journals at my school and I am wondering if it is really all that helpful and worth the time commitment.

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GrapeApe
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Re: Importance of Journals

Postby GrapeApe » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:33 am

No.

elliej
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Re: Importance of Journals

Postby elliej » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:11 am

Unless you want to do it for some reason, it's probably not worth it, especially if you already have your interviews lined up through OCI.

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Re: Importance of Journals

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:22 am

It looks good, but i would recommend working as a law clerk somewhere during the semester instead of devoting a lot of time to a journal.

Real world experience part time during the school semester > looking up citations/sources part time during the school semester

A journal is generally better than nothing, however (i.e. nothing aside from law school and law school organizations). The problem is, no one can gauge how much (and a lot of employers really don't care about journals - many prefer them, but it would rarely be a deal breaker).

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Re: Importance of Journals

Postby kalvano » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:40 am

The ranking as I understand them -


1) Law review
2) Moot court
3) Nice internship
4) Secondary journal
5) Wal-Mart greeter

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Re: Importance of Journals

Postby Tsispilos » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:51 am

If you get a high position on the editorial board (EIC, EE, ME) of a secondary journal, it can make a positive difference in 3L OCI.

This is especially true of managing editor, because many people mistake it for editor in chief.




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