The Advantages of Joining Law Review, Part II

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In Part I of this article, three practicing attorneys discussed the many unique advantages and opportunities they've enjoyed as results of successfully serving on law journals during law school. Click here to read Part I.
The Advantages of Joining Law Review, Part II

District Judge Dana M. Sabraw, who sits on the bench of the United States District Court, Southern District, in San Diego, CA, says that though it's not a prerequisite, he often seeks out law clerks with law review experience for several reasons. First, he believes that handling law review tasks is ''a good indicator that a person can write well, which is extremely important since lengthy and detailed opinions are issued at the district court level.'' Second, law review membership implies that individuals ''knew how to write well before joining the law review and that they've since improved their proofreading and cite skills.'' Finally, Judge Sabraw says students who serve on law review are usually ''highly motivated people who work hard, try to excel in school, and are always looking for excellence in what they do.'' Like most jurists, Judge Sabraw served on law review while he was in law school.

In contrast to judges and practicing attorneys who are quick to note the positive work ethics of students with law review experience, current law students addressing the advantages of serving on law review often accentuate the stimulating legal environment that surrounds them on a daily basis. Ian Millhiser, a 2L serving on the Duke Law Journal, said he especially values two aspects of his membership on law review. ''I like the camaraderie of being part of a community 'in the trenches together,' and I appreciate the chance to review many of the articles that come in which address some of the hottest ideas in current legal scholarship.''

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