utlaw2007 wrote:All that being said, I still think his/her original question is silly. As an 0L, the LAST thing you need to worry about is trying to walk on water so to speak. You'd have an easier chance of scoring over a 170 on the LSAT. I'd direct all of my efforts towrds that goal before trying to write some article for law review before I'd even enrolled in law school.
I don't care if you wrote a masterpiece of genius that has never ever been seen before in the legal field. I'd bet a ton of money that your article would go straight into the trash can before anyone that matters reads it. I know I wouldn't read it.
So if you don't mind using all that time to create trash can filler, knock yourself out and go right ahead.
Let me add a little to this, with the caveat that I am a 0L, but also currently working on my Masters - sub-disciplines of public law and political theory. Depending on the subject matter and how it might relate to other research or some practical application there's no reason a good legal article, qual or quant, couldn't get published in a peer reviewed journal. If the goal is to become a practicing attorney, I don't think being published matters a hill of beans, but if you want academia, or a leg up on academia as an option, then being published won't hurt a bit. I've never heard of a case where an applicant for associate instructor or assistant instructor was denied a position because they were published. I know I've used law journal articles for research in other areas that I'm interested in (not passionate about). For example, if you're interested in polyamory and the law, start with Elizabeth Emens and her work at the University of Chicago and Lenore Weitzman and her work from Yale (I think it was Yale).
If you're passionate about a subject, as opposed to being passionate about learning the practice of law (regardless of how narrow the focus), perhaps a look at academia is best for you. If so, then like the other posters have said, get into a T5-7 and then pursue the subjects your passionate about at a research university. But, please, please, please do not use a plan like this to try to get into a position as an instructor at a law school. There are already enough law professors out there with little to no practical experience in actual practice. Go teach in a Poli-Sci or CrimJus department if you do this.