ineptimusprime wrote:At my law school, you can't just grade on to law review -- it's a mixed grades/write-on score combo. For the secondary journal it's all based on the write-on score. I REALLY don't want to do law review or my school's secondary journal, but I still can't seem to justify not doing the write-on. Call it law school guilt or whatever you want to call it.
I'm pretty put off by the personalities of all the law review types at my school, but the journal guys and gals don't seem so bad. That said, I can't imagine paying dues for an unpaid part-time job which basically consists of X-treme bluebooking (maybe that's not what journal staffs actually do, but that's the image I have). My grades are alright (inside top 20%, ~18%), but my worst grade was in LRW. I really hate the nitpickery of even normal citations in regular writing assignments (REALLY, I can't italicize the damn comma?)
I also have the option to continue working for pay at a small firm in the vicinity through my 2L school year, and doing law review would either make that impossible or really limited.
In short, help me justify not doing the write-on. Am I really setting myself back if I don't do a journal?
just do law review. its the worst thing ever. but there are some benefits that make it worth it.
Also, I can guarantee you that the law review types that you hate only make up a portion of the staff and board. There's a whole contingent of law review members that you don't know about and have never seen before because they are never at the school and avoid other law reviewers (and other law students) like the plague.