AI am a 2L at a lower-ranked school in California. I only have one semester worth of credits to take during my 3L year, which means I would graduate after next fall. However, if I make it on Law Review through the write-on competition, Law Review requires you to have two semesters left in order to join. Is it worth it to drop down to part time in order to stretch out two more semesters, which means I could add Law Review to my resume?
I am already on a Moot Court team and have three work experiences under my belt (including last summer). What do you think?
QLaw Review is a plus—especially if you’re at a lower-ranked school. So, if you can afford to do it (and it’s not a major headache), I’d stick around another semester and do the Law Review thing.
Having said that, if you plan to work for a small firm or as a solo practitioner, it doesn’t really matter. But let’s face it: law is a snotty profession, so the snottier the street cred, the better.
Unfortunately, moot court doesn’t mean much in the real world. In all my years of practicing law, I never heard someone say, “We should hire this guy, he’s on the moot court team.”