Law School Reviews

Written by Jared Vincenti
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Every law school has its own review, which is a publication of legal articles written by students, professors, alumni, and outside professionals. Many larger law schools even have more than one review publication, so that each publication has the ability to focus on a specific branch of law. Usually, these journals are divided thematically, so that there might be an entertainment law review, a business law review, and so forth.

Writing for a Law Review

Aside from academic achievements in the classroom, there are a few things you can do in law school to increase your chances of being hired after graduating. Since writing for the law review is not mandatory, publication is often prized and competitive. A typical law review will receive far more submissions than it can print, and only the best articles make it to the final edition.

Even if you are not a law student, you can publish legal articles in law reviews. These articles may be reviews of recent topics of interest in law, explanations of new or complicated legal procedures, or even opinion pieces on controversial subjects. With practicing lawyers, legal scholars, and others submitting to law reviews, it is indeed an accomplishment for a student to publish an article.

Even more esteemed than being published is to be on the review board. The review board reads all of the submissions to the review, and then decides which are going to be used in the next issue. Getting a seat on the review board is very competitive, and usually depends on having a strong academic record and excellent writing and editing skills.


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