Law Review: Will It Open Doors for Your Career?

Vol. 42 No. 7


G.M. Filisko is a lawyer and freelance writer in Chicago.

Compare Danielle Blevins and Shannon Kelly, who were polar opposites when it came to law review.

Blevins believes her work as publicity and website editor for the Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa bolsters her credibility today in her role at a crisis communications firm in Washington, D.C. “Today everybody seems to have a law degree,” she explained. “But I can say, ‘I don’t just have a degree. I was on law review. I worked hard.’ It gives me that validation that I know what I’m talking about.”

Kelly, however, made a calculated decision to forego law review at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu. “I thought very hard about whether I wanted to apply,” recalled the business and product development staffer at in Calabasas, California. “I made the decision not to and never looked back. Instead, I packed my last two years with activities that would nonetheless set me apart from other applicants in the job market.”

There’s no universal right answer when it comes to whether to pursue law review. But there is a right answer for you. Here, we cover the pros and cons of law review. And for those who determine law review is worth their effort, we offer tips for getting on and maximizing your law review experience.

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