您可能已经听过“The Law Chase”和“A Few Good Men”等热门电影中的“法律评论”这个词，但它是什么？为什么你想在简历中想要这个？在法学院的背景下，法律评论是一本完全由学生管理的期刊，发表法学教授，法官和其他法律专业人士撰写的文章;许多法律评论还发布了由法律学生撰写的短片，称为“笔记”或“评论”。大多数法学院都有一个“主要”法律评论，其中包含来自各种法律主题的文章，并且通常在标题中有“法律评论”。例如，哈佛法律评论;这是本文中提到的“法律评论”。除了法律评论，大多数学校还有其他几个法律期刊，每个期刊都关注法律的一个特定领域，如斯坦福环境法杂志或杜克性别法和政策杂志。一般来说，学生在法学院的第二年加入法律评论，尽管一些学校也允许三年级学生尝试法律评论。每个学校选择法律评审工作人员的过程都有所不同，但许多学校在第一年考试结束时进行了写作比赛，在此期间，学生将获得一包材料，并被要求在指定的时间范围内撰写示例说明或评论。 。通常还需要编辑练习。一些法律评论仅根据一年级成绩提供参与邀请，而其他学校则使用成绩和写作比赛结果的组合来选择成员。接受邀请的人成为法律审查工作人员。法律审查工作人员负责引用检查，确保在脚注中支持声明，并且脚注采用正确的蓝皮书形式。下一年的编辑由当年的编辑人员选择，通常是通过申请和面试过程。编辑监督法律审查的运作，从选择文章到为工作人员分配工作;根本没有教师参与。您应该尝试进行法律审查的最大原因是雇主，特别是大型律师事务所和法官选择法律文员，喜欢采访参与法律评论的学生，特别是作为编辑。为什么？因为“法律评论”的学生花了很多时间精确地完成律师和法律助理所要求的那种深入，细致的法律研究和写作。在简历中看到“法律评论”的潜在雇主知道您经过了严格的培训，并且可能会认为您很聪明，并且具有强烈的职业道德，注重细节和良好的写作技巧。但即使您不打算在大公司工作或担任职员，法律评论也会很有用，特别是如果您打算从事学术法律职业。法律评论可以为您在成为法学教授的道路上提供一个良好的开端，不仅因为编辑经验，而且还有通过发表自己的注释或评论的机会。在更个人的层面上，参与法律评论也可以提供支持系统，因为您和其他成员同时经历相同的事情。而且你甚至可能喜欢阅读提交的文章并进入和了解蓝皮书。服务于法律审查需要大量的时间承诺，但对大多数成员而言，其好处远大于任何消极方面。
You may have heard the term “Law Review” thrown around in popular movies like The Paper Chase and A Few Good Men, but what is it and why do you want this on your resume? In the context of law school, a law review is an entirely student-run journal that publishes articles written by law professors, judges, and other legal professionals; many law reviews also publish shorter pieces written by law students called “notes” or “comments.” Most law schools have a “main” law review that features articles from a wide variety of legal subjects and often has “Law Review” in the title, for example, Harvard Law Review; this is the “Law Review” addressed in this article. In addition to Law Review, most schools also have several other law journals that each focus on one particular area of the law, such as the Stanford Environmental Law Journal or the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy. Generally, students join Law Review in their second year of law school, although some schools also permit third-year students to try out for Law Review as well. Each school’s process for selecting Law Review staff differs, but many have a write-on competition at the close of first-year exams during which students are given a packet of material and are asked to write a sample note or comment within a specified time frame. An editing exercise is often required, as well. Some law reviews offer invitations to participate based solely on first-year grades, while other schools use a combination of grades and write-on competition results to select members. Those who accept invitations become law review staff members. Law review staff members are responsible for cite checking—making sure that statements are supported with authority in footnotes and also that the footnotes are in the correct Bluebook form. Editors for the following year are selected by the current year’s editorial staff, usually through an application and interview process. Editors oversee the running of the law review, from selecting the articles to assigning work to staff members; there is often no faculty involvement at all. The biggest reason that you should try to get on law review is that employers, particularly large law firms and judges selecting law clerks, love to interview students who have participated in Law Review, especially as an editor. Why? Because students on Law Review have spent many hours doing precisely the kind of in-depth, meticulous legal research and writing that is required of attorneys and law clerks. A potential employer who sees Law Review on your resume knows that you have been through rigorous training, and will likely think that you are intelligent and have a strong work ethic, eye for detail, and good writing skills. But Law Review can be useful even if you don’t plan on working in a big firm or clerking, particularly if you plan to pursue an academic legal career. Law Review can give you a great start on the road to becoming a law professor, not only because of the editing experience, but also through the opportunity of having your own note or comment published. On a more personal level, participating in Law Review can also provide a support system as you and the other members are going through the same things at the same time. And you also might even enjoy reading the submitted articles and getting to know the Bluebook in and out. Serving on Law Review requires an enormous time commitment, but for most members, the benefits greatly outweigh any negative aspects.