cway wrote:Thanks for the info in this thread. Very helpful!
0L here. Why is BSA so highly competitive and desirable? (Sincerely not trying to be a smartass.) It just seems pretty bland - and yet several people ITT have put it in the same bucket as HLR. Is it particularly prestigious, or does it just require a large time commitment like HLR? I feel like I'm missing something.
I think it works a little both ways. To some degree, you are right in that it doesn't seem like a big deal; at the same time, however, there are a number of positive things to be said for it. It does require a big time commitment, just like the other two major players that people try to join at the end of 1L: HLAB and HLR.
On the positive side of things, BSAs get to work a lot on legal writing skills with the work that goes into coaching the 1L sections and even helping run the Ames competitions. Not only that, but their experience is more on the practical side of legal writing instead of the theory-based articles seen on law review. Additionally, BSA has been around for quite some time and so there is a network of alumni there to tap into and establish a connection with more so than just going to HLS. As a result, BSA can be a desirable thing.
I think the only true negative for BSA is the fact that not a lot of people (re: employers) outside of the HLS community know what a BSA does. Everybody knows what law review is, or even a clinic like HLAB. BSA is a bit harder to really explain, at least in just a resume alone.
In any case, everybody I know that did BSA all seemed to have a good experience out of it and while it might not be as "desirable" as HLR, it can be very competitive to join.