Law School Extracurriculars and Resume Boosters



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Let’s discuss your options for extracurriculars in law school. And almost as important, which ones will help your resume when it comes time to apply for 1L jobs?

Law Review: Law reviews publish lengthy, comprehensive treatments of subjects (“articles”), generally written by law professors, judges, or legal practitioners, as well as shorter pieces, commonly called “notes” and “comments,” written by law student “members” of the law review.
Law review articles often express the thinking of specialists or experts with regard to problems with current law and potential solutions to those problems. In the United States, law reviews are typically edited by a certain percentage of the top students in the class or students who are selected to join after successfully completing a “write on competition” at the end of their first year of law school.

Moot Court: Moot court involves a simulated appellate court (appellate advocacy). Moot court does not involve actual testimony by witnesses, cross-examination, or the presentation of evidence, but is focused solely on the application of the law to a common set of evidentiary assumptions, facts, and clarifications/corrections to which the competitors are introduced. Participants usually draft memoranda and conduct oral argument.

Mock Trial: Mock trial is usually a student run competition in law school. It is similar to a moot court, but mock trials simulate lower-court trials, while moot court simulates appellate court hearings. Students participate in rehearsed trials to learn about the legal system in a competitive manner. Students portray the attorneys and usually the witnesses as well. Mock trial is often taught in conjunction with a course in Trial Advocacy.

Drinking: There is a lot of drinking in law school…. Just be warned that when someone talks about going to “bar review” on Thursday night at 9pm, they aren’t preparing for the state bar. They are prepare for a different bar…

Student Groups: There are lots of student groups in law school. Odds are, if you are passionate about a cause there is a student group in law school that wants the same thing.

Social Committees: Social committees try to bring some life into law school. They help organize the law prom, musical, and other get-togethers. It’s good for your soul!

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42 comments

  1. Personal opinion : Law review is not worth it, sports (or just gym) is not a resume booster but works great (if you take the time).
    Also “grades are important” this is sadly true but overall, people with the best grades are generally the worst lawyers and you can see that after an internship or in the first year of them being a lawyer. So you are better of being a good lawyer than a good student if you want a jobs that fits your ambitions. Cheers

  2. 10:26 doesn’t the federalist society basically control all republican judicial appointments though? Pretty much all republican presidents since reagan pretty much let fed soc pick their scotus nominees.

  3. Would you say it is better to try something that challenges you and would engage your weaknesses or something that you are highly likely to succeed in? (i.e. joining mock trial because someone is an experienced and skilled impromptu debater instead of law review as a decent but not stellar writer)

  4. I enjoy all of your videos, but this one was especially helpful. I'm starting law school this fall and have felt overwhelmed by all the extracurricular options. This will help me narrow down and prioritize my choices. 😀

  5. Great video! Thanks a lot:D
    What is your though and advice on transfer? 1L grades is normally the most important thing, but what are other things that make you stand out and increase the chance of successfully transferring to a higher ranked school? Thank you!

  6. I wonder. Do professionals read Law Review journals of universities to stay updated of the events of their field or is it not so useful ?

    It's really fun to watch your videos ! As someone who doesn't drink, I guess I would find it hard to survive.

  7. Question: How does an international student study to pass the bar. In my country (Roman law not Common law) you go straight from high school to law school (5 years). The study methods are quite different. Suggestions?

  8. +LegalEagle Great video! Two questions for you… How prestigious are other journals (e.g. Real Property, Trust, & Estate Law) to prospective employers, and what are the benefits of being involved in the Student Bar Association?

  9. So, I was arrested and jailed on pretty serious weapons charges, facing not less than three to ten years in prison. I had no one to throw my bail because no one knew I was arrested. After a week, a friend realized I was missing and made calls to family, hospitals and finally the sheriff's office and graciously bailed me out.
    I hired a lawyer based on my bail bondsman's recommendation. The case never went to court because the only witness, the guy I shot at took off because he had a couple of outstanding warrants. So, I was let go.
    Question: How could I have been better at choosing a lawyer? Should I have asked about extracurricular activities? I was under a lot of stress, how many lawyers should I have interviewed and how would I have found them? It seemed that most of my friends relied on public defenders, or their mothers hired the lawyer.
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

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