Each law school has their own law journal (also known as law review). This is a journal that is run by students and publishes legal commentary from law professors, lawyers, judges and occasionally students.
As a member of your school’s law journal, your tasks may include: selecting articles for publication, editing articles and setting out the layout of articles in publications.
Benefits of Joining
Joining a law journal showcases to future employers your commitment to a job, and also helps develop your writing and research skills. You will also become exposed to forefront of legal theory and ideas that are published in these law journals. If you are considering working in academia, this is also a good opportunity to develop useful skills.
Trade-offs of Joining
Being part of a law journal can be very time consuming, constantly editing articles every week. You will often have to commit to being part of the journal for at least a year. Think about whether you can fit these responsibilities into your schedule or you may find yourself overwhelmed with work.
How do I join?
Each law journal has a different recruitment process, so it’s best to contact the law journal organisers directly. Typically, it will involve an application submitted to the law journal, followed by an interview. Law journals will look for someone who displays good academic results in law, and can display commitment to extra-curricular activities.