az21833 wrote:went with Citi. liked their colors more
on a separate note is two journals, an SPO and an affinity group overkill as a 1L? My understanding is 1L time commitment to each of these is relatively limited and I'd rather cast a wide net to see what really grabs my interest in determining which organizations I'd like to take more involved 2L roles with - thanks!
also, does anybody have any input regarding the reputation of the secondary journals around campus? Should we just choose whatever sounds cool (e.g. Sports Law) or are there secondary considerations to be aware of that you could share?
Re: the journals, it depends more in terms of what you're looking for in an org. Are you interested in a more start-up feel (HNLR-Harvard Negotiation Law Review) or larger/more established(JOLT-Journal of Law & Tech or ILR-International Law Journal)? If you're really skewed towards public interest work, you'll find likeminded individuals on HRJ(Human Rights Journal). If you care about the environment, the Environmental Law Journal. If you're conservative, Fed Soc and its corresponding journal will be a place to find likeminded individuals as well, etc. Ardent feminist? Consider HLG(law & gender). If you're hoping to rise to leadership, what are you interested in being in charge of? Selecting articles? Running the entire thing? Editing? Each journal has a different administrative structure and the type of work you'll do in positions with identical titles will vary depending on the journal.
None of this is consequential in terms of interviewing or your resume, but I found it to be a worthwhile practice in skill development for a certain organization structure/size I was looking for. I was friends with EICs of several secondary journals and their experiences were all really different.
If you do 2 journals, don't pick any journals that require multiple subcites (I think ILJ does, but I'm not sure). There is one rising 3L who is the EIC of 2 journals, but she's one of those workaholic types who actually likes staying in on weekends nights doing work. I do think it's better to take it easy on activities first semester, however, until you get grades back. I did 1 journal (subcited), 1 SPO, and 1 affinity org (this is not a real time commitment, this is free food) first semester and found that to be about right.