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Secondary Journals

Secondary Journals
« on: January 08, 2008, 06:05:05 PM »
How valuable are Secondary Journals as opposed to the main flagship ones?  Is the difference significant, and how so?

Re: Secondary Journals
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2008, 06:14:50 PM »
My Speculaton:

Chief editor of flagship >>> Flagship = chief editor of secondary >> secondary >> nothing

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Re: Secondary Journals
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008, 06:46:22 PM »
Another issue: some secondary journals let you write on during the spring of 1L and will allow you to run for an ed board position over the summer.  I had a friend who did that, so in 2L interviews she had an editorial position on her resume for OCI.  She thinks it helped.

I'm trying to decide whether or not to do this. I seriously am not good at bluebooking.....

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Re: Secondary Journals
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2008, 02:36:10 PM »
Good advice so far in this thread.  It looks to me that secondary journals can be extremely valuable on your resume, but only if you're extensively involved and it's a journal that's directly applicable to your career path (e.g. Employment Law Journal for applications to firms dealing in employees' rights).  Of course, law review trumps all, but it seems that it may be just as much a sign of purely academic achievement (as Cady pointed out) as it is a resume-booster in and of itself.  In other words, confounding variables and all that.

Re: Secondary Journals
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2008, 02:46:12 PM »
What is "note requirement"?

Add to this, i'm wondering what it means to "write-on"? What do you write??

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Re: Secondary Journals
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2008, 05:13:29 PM »
Another issue: some secondary journals let you write on during the spring of 1L and will allow you to run for an ed board position over the summer.  I had a friend who did that, so in 2L interviews she had an editorial position on her resume for OCI.  She thinks it helped.

I'm trying to decide whether or not to do this. I seriously am not good at bluebooking.....

If you're even marginally interested in writing, I do think it's worthwhile.  Journal work is thankless, picayune grunt work, but it does focus the mind with respect to the mechanics of writing.  I certainly think it has improved my own skills.



Hmmm. Good advice. I was all gung-ho about only doing pro bono hands-on type of stuff, but I do really want to get to do more writing...