Why Law Review?

BE PART OF SOMETHING!

The Law Review is one of the oldest and most respected student organizations at Chicago-Kent.  It’s a wonderful way for students from different sections and classes to meet and get to know each other.  It’s really an excellent opportunity for 2Ls to meet and learn from 3Ls.  We also throw several socials throughout the year, including the end of the year Law Review Dinner!

GET PUBLISHED!

The Chicago-Kent Law Review is published three times a year and typically includes 4-5 student written comments and notes selected during the staff writing program.  Having an article published in the Law Review is a great way of leaving your mark in law school, and contributes to legal scholarship everywhere–from the classroom to the courtroom.  Plus, it looks great on your resume!

LEARN THE BLUEBOOK!

ALWD is terrific . . . in Montana.  But for most of us, you have to know The Bluebook.  Become a master through our editing procedure.  It might be the most useful thing you learn in law school.

LEARN TO RESEARCH!

Whether it’s working on your own note or editing someone else’s, you’ll quickly master Westlaw, Lexis and other important databases as a member of the Law Review.  Law Review articles include a massive variety of sources and will expose you to materials and databases that Legal Writing I and II don’t spend much time on.  Broaden your knowledge of databases and broaden your legal education.

LEARN TO WRITE (AGAIN)!

Legal Writing I and II will make you a great legal writer, no doubt, but don’t think CRUAC is the only way lawyers write.  Law Review is a wonderful place outside the cookie-cutter legal paradigm that dominates 1L writing.  To put it mildly, you need not omit needless words.

EARN CREDIT!

First-time Law Review members are entitled to one credit per semester, and are also welcome to take the Legal Writing IV Equivalency section.

GET A JOB!

Membership on the Law Review is no guarantee that you’ll get a job, but it’s a major resume builder.  Just look where it got Barack Obama.

BOOST YOUR EGO!

It doesn’t hurt (usually.)