Ripple6783 wrote:Is there really a firm job that someone who can grade onto law review couldn't get without doing law review?
This is a good question that I wish we had more data for.
It can be a bit of insurance. What if you get no-offered due to economic circumstances after your 2L summer? Instead of applying for other positions as top 3% and no LR as you did at OCI, you're now hitting the streets perhaps ranked lower and no LR (thus, without it being obvious from your grades that you would have graded on).
My suggestion would be to take advantage of every opportunity during the three years of law school to set up a career afterward. This doesn't mean to automatically jump on LR, but if you don't, I would make sure you have a plan to set yourself up for later. This could mean externships, volunteering, mock trial, moot court, getting published on your own, whatever. This would also help answer the interview question of why one didn't do LR ("moar Skyrim time" unfortunately isn't appreciated
I've encountered LR snobs in the field. They're rare and not worth doing LR to impress, but I have had a couple of work situations where the attorney heard "law review" and immediately though I was qualified (joke's on them). It's not as big a deal when going against them but rather when trying to work for and/or with them.