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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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