FlanAl wrote:How required is a journal? Do you know anyone not doing jd/mba who isn't on one? I don't know what people on journals do or how it actually helps you but I feel compelled to do it, mostly because everyone else is.
Anecdotally, being on a journal is very important for getting a job, and not much else. What you do is write a twenty-five-page student note (a boring research paper no one but one editor will ever read) and do some editing on three articles for publication (grammar, spelling, punctuation, cite-checking, and Bluebooking). After the August Job Fair, I think our friends on the Law Review were swimming in callbacks while those on ILJ and JLPP were begging for scraps. I know a couple non-JD/MBAs who aren't on journals, voluntarily or otherwise. One of them did very well for himself (SA/job at Latham in California), I'm not sure about the other.
timeandspace11 wrote:Do you think having a masters degree can make you more competitive in the admissions process? I know it cant make up for a low gpa or a low lsat score, but can it give you a slight edge among those with similar scores?
Yes. It's a soft; all softs push you over another candidate with similar scores. But your LSDAS GPA and LSAT score are still 90% of your application.
unlicensedpotato wrote:thanks FlanAl. Haha i love the avatar/name. That agrees with my thoughts. If I was willing to totally commit to New York, I think Cornell would be the better option. However, I am also interested in Texas, and I think UVA would have better placement there.
Then UVA's the right answer. Especially given you'd be paying sticker at both and Cornell is more expensive.