Wasnt really concerned about specializing in any specific field. The elective courses I took were your bread and butter law practice such as: cal civ pro, family law, community property, labor law, immigration, trial practice. I was looking into being a litigator, a trial guy that would handle business, personal injury, and labor disputes.
With regards to law review and moot court, when you get in these programs you always put them on your resume. I participated in some small groups but the important things are LR and MC.
Im not trying to be an asshole and the last thing I would have ever of thought upon graduating is that I would be on TLS forums talking crap on my old law school. However, I feel like I got scammed. 3 yrs of school, so much money, time, stress, mpre, bar exam, moral character application, fees, fees, fees!!! It truly is frustrating bro, I believed that I would have improved by life by going to law school. I was dead wrong.
I know how you are feeling right now, its June and you start school in 2 months. I know your all excited, nervous, and anxious. I felt the same way back in the summer of 2006. But take my word for it because ive done it and im telling you its not pretty on the other side. Back then I believed that law school would be worth the investment and mind you this was before the economy tanked. In the beginning of my 3rd year I learned how truly nasty it was for tier 4 grads, especially tier 4 grads that dont make the top 10%. Pre-crisis it was "possible" to get a mediocre job with good grades and strong connections coming out of a tier 4. However, even before the crash of 2008 many tier 4 grads never found full time legal employment. Many of them would practice part time but since they couldnt get by they drifted off into other fields, many of them being fields they worked in BEFORE they went to law school. Dont be fooled by the anecdotal stories of how "this grad drives a porsche" or how "this other alum is a big crim guy". What you NEED to see is real, hard data of employment stats and salaries. And so you know, law schools blatantly lie about these stats to lure in unsuspecting 0L's.
Today things are outright brutal. Too many law schools and too many JD's getting pumped out every year. For example, my bar number is in the 268,000's. One of my buddies got admitted in dec 2003 and his bar number is at 227,000! That's 40,000 attorneys in 6 years. A 17.6% increase in the amount of California attorneys in 6 yrs? Where is the ABA when you really need them?
Conclusion: too many lawyers, not enough clients. There just is no demand for tier 4 boys in the legal profession.
If you want to talk hit me up on PM and ill give you my info. Ill give you some insight scoops on the class of 09, where they work, and how many of them are languishing with student loans in deferrment or forebearance.