Cherry recommends that all law students join a journal. "Journal has not only forced me to step up my game in terms of my research, writing, and attention to detail, but it has also provided a sense of community and purpose at school," he says.
But even as law students get publishing and research experience, they shouldn't count on their clips opening too many doors, says Kass, the legal recruiter.
"Interestingly, most law firms do not want to see a reprint of a law review article as a writing sample when they are interviewing laterals, because they view it as too highly edited," she says. "They prefer seeing current examples of actual work product showing practical examples of the candidate's ability to synthesize and analyze the facts and law."
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