Is Law Journal Worth It?

Is Law Review worth it? That is really a loaded question and depends on the career path you want to follow. I will start off by saying that it is a lot of work. This is what makes your 2L year so busy. Besides multiple cite-checks, you also typically have to write your own article that is anywhere from 40-80 pages. Again, a lot of work. So, is it worth your time (and sanity)? 
Note: Typically your schools main law journal (as opposed to specific types of law journals) look better on resumes, but are also much harder to make. 
You want to go in to big law:
Yes - it is worth it. As you know, big law is extremely competitive. These are some of the highest paying jobs for lawyers. If you have a good GPA, you need to have some way to stand out. 

Employers often expect participation in moot court, law journal, and executive boards. If you want to compete for these jobs and get interviews you should at least try out for law journal. It is a huge resume builder and can help you get a job over someone who did not participate in law journal. 

You don't know what you want to do:
 Yes - it is probably worth it. If you don't know exactly what kind of law you want to go into, this can help give you opportunities in the future. Participating in law journal helps you stand out from your classmates and will help you land the job you really want. 

When in doubt - do it. If you decide later that you want to go into a field that it may not have been necessary for, it will only help you with writing skills and citation checks. 
You want to go into public interest, family law, or healthcare law
It might be worth it - but is not necessarily. For these types of fields, it may be more beneficial to you to participate in the journals that specify in these types of law. They are typically less work and often deal with topics that may be of more interest to you.

 I also recommend that instead of doing a journal, instead do experiential learning related to the topic you are interested in. Experiential learning often includes representing low income clients in that sector of the law (for instance, health law represents clients by helping them find healthcare services). 

You are already participating in executive board or moot court:
You will be very busy - but it may still be worth it. Again, depending on the type of law you want to pursue, the more you have on your resume, the better. I know it sounds like a lot if you are involved in other activities, but it is manageable. 

If you are really concerned with time management maybe consider a specific journal that is less work but still good writing and citing practice. 

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