What exactly is law review and how hard is it to get?

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joetheplumber
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What exactly is law review and how hard is it to get?

Postby joetheplumber » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:20 pm

So what exactly do you do if you make law review? I have a feeling it involves just writing about a particular part of the law and stuff. How many people apply for it and how much time do you have to put into law review? Won't it take over your life and 2L grades? If only 10% of the class makes law review, then 90% are without it which means not making law review shouldn't be too bad for employments since the majority will not have it. The 10% can go into big law then.

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Re: What exactly is law review and how hard is it to get?

Postby lobolawyer » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:26 pm

joetheplumber wrote:So what exactly do you do if you make law review? I have a feeling it involves just writing about a particular part of the law and stuff. How many people apply for it and how much time do you have to put into law review? Won't it take over your life and 2L grades? If only 10% of the class makes law review, then 90% are without it which means not making law review shouldn't be too bad for employments since the majority will not have it. The 10% can go into big law then.


To answer your questions in order:
You slave away as a Bluebook imbecile, circle jerk yourself silly, and write a comment/note. Many will try, few will win. It takes over parts of your life, but by 2L school has probably consumed you anyways, so it really won't matter. You might be fine w/o out it, really depends. During OCI at my school, people who were on journal got the vast majority of interviews/jerbs.

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bk1
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Re: What exactly is law review and how hard is it to get?

Postby bk1 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:40 pm

Law review usually means the flagship journal at any given law school. It is student run and student edited. Most of the articles are written by law professors. As lobolawyer noted, most of your time is spent bluebooking but you also write 1 comment/note (which or may not get published). Most people I have talked to have said that it sucks balls and is generally an awful experience that takes tons of time, but they do it to help out their resume.

There are jobs other than biglaw and some biglaw firms are more selective than others. LR will help for clerkships and possibly for firms that are more selective.

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commoner
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Re: What exactly is law review and how hard is it to get?

Postby commoner » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:47 pm

In other words, you will feel like this about law review people:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brj2UkUPjCI




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