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Sapere aude - dare to be wise
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Posted 1:15 PM by Kelly
Law Review

I am up to my ears in law review.
The first third of my law review note was due last month, the next portion is due a week from yesterday, and the final product is due March 8th.

I'm a procrastinator extraordinaire. It may be the classic rationalization, but I work better under pressure. I have been working on my note, but I have much work to do before it is an acceptable (and perhaps publishable) product.

Yesterday I received a new editing assignment. Editing articles and notes of other contributors is the main function of 2L members of law reviews. (Aside from writing your own note). I actually don't mind the editing, but the problem is that they always seem to come at the worst time. This edit is due, of course, on the same day as my next note draft. Ugh.

Why did I decide to join the law review? Many reasons. I knew almost nothing about law school when I entered last fall. I had never even heard of law review. But friends and classmates soon clued me in to this opportunity.

It is a chance to improve your writing skills, hone your editing skills (and BlueBook knowledge!), and develop relationships with other members of the law review. (Mostly by commiseration).

Many law firms often either require or prefer that their prospective associates be members of the law review. Why do some firms place such importance on this? Some think it's snobbery. Firms will tell you it is a way to ensure future associates have decent writing skills, can work under pressure, can juggle many different obligations, and have had some experience working with others toward a common goal.

Read one student's reasons for why law review is pointless. And another view that it is an opportunity.

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