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I have never regretted my decision not to apply for law review (although I agonized about it at the time). Knowing that I wanted to be a litigator, I decided to spend as much time as possible developing skills as an advocate. So I devoted my extracurricular energy during the 2L and 3L years to moot court.

Moot court was both a valuable experience for me and a great addition to my resume. With moot court, you can tell potential employers that you have been on your feet in a court-like setting and that you liked it. Also, doing well within your school's moot court competition or in an interscholastic competition can have great prestige value. Heck, I might be more impressed with someone who won a major moot court competition than someone who made law review-- especially if I were looking to hire an advocate rather than a scholar.

Finally I would note that making law review is really a function of your grades and/or your writing, and don't those speak for themselves anyway?

John P.

At my (mid-sized) firm, moot court and law review are seen as pretty interchangeable as far as credentials go. The hiring committee likes to see one or the other on a person's resume. And it doesn't have to be THE law review, either. If the person's school has more than one law review, working on any one will suffice.

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