Student Law Journals
This week’s podcast discusses law journals. All law schools have opportunities for students to work on and contribute to a number of student-edited publications. The one usually considered most “prestigious” is the law school’s Law Review (which typically has scholarly pieces discussing legal issues written by professors and legal experts), although there are also a variety of other journals students can join, dealing with specific areas of the law (i.e., sports law, business law, international law). No matter the type of journal you choose, though, taking part in one can definitely help you during and after law school.
Our first guest, Cliff Ennico, is the author of the book Make Law Review. He says that being part of Law Review gives students insight to and training for the hard work that is still ahead in law school, and also as a new law associate. Although Ennico warms that you will likely spend more time with your fellow journal editors than your best friend, he says the experience is absolutely worth it. He also gives tips from his book on writing a case comment and explains how these skills can help either in your attempt to become part of a law journal or succeed in your current journal endeavors.
One of the two law review editors we spoke with for the podcast, Farhang Heydari, is editor-in-chief for the Columbia Law Review. Heydari believes that it is important for students to be part of any journal (not just the Law Review) because it allows them to develop a great set of skills through journal work that they don’t normally pick up in the classroom. He also says the responsibilities you are given as a journal staff member is a definitely a unique aspect of being in law school that students should embrace.
Finally, our third guest is Omar Ochoa, editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Ochoa says that one of the great aspects of being part of any journal is that it will introduce you to students you may not have met otherwise, which will in turn give you great networking skills and the ability to call upon them when you enter the legal field. Ochoa also says one of the biggest benefits of being part of a journal is being able to sharpen your writing skills, which is a great ability to have when you enter the legal sphere, and believes that being part of a journal can give you an edge when applying for law jobs or judicial clerkships.
Cliff Ennico – Author of Make Law Review
Farhang Heydari – Editor-in-Chief of Columbia Law School Law Review
Omar Ochoa – Editor-in-Chief of Texas Law Review at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law