« on: August 27, 2006, 10:20:06 AM »
I recently made Law Review. Elections for the Editorial Board's high-level positions (what we call the "Front Office") take place in February, sooner than one would think.
I'm wondering how much effort I should put into attempting to get a Front Office position. At my school, all second-year staff members automatically become members of the Editorial Board. Thus, even if I don't apply/run for any of the Front Office positions, I will still have a pretty good title: "Note Editor," "Comment Editor," or "Article Editor."
In the mind of a legal employer (e.g. big law firm or judge), how significant are the differences in the various positions (e.g. Note Editor vs. Editor-in-Chief vs. Managing Editor vs. Associate Managing Editor vs. Lead Articles Editor vs. Production Editor, etc.)? Do these positions differ by school, the result being that employers do not differentiate too much between them with the exception that they differentiate between EIC and all others?
How much work does each position require? Which position will enhance my marketability the most, while not requiring too much work? For example, would it be a good idea to run for EIC, but not any other positions because they are not worth it?
A couple of other questions: Would "shadowing" the EIC for a few months a little bit be a good way to increase my chance of being elected EIC, or would he just think I'm an annoying gunner and hate me? I would like to watch what he does to see what I'm actually getting into before running for EIC, so I wouldn't be doing it just to kiss ass. Perhaps doing this would show him that I'm really interested in the EIC position.