Last Thursday, I attended a social for my journal, The American Journal of Law and Medicine (AJLM). At BU, students can join on a legal journal during their second and third years. Journal selection occurs through a writing competition in the first year. After finals in the fall of the first year, students have a week to write a ten page legal memo based on a set of facts and cases for the writing competition for the journal. During the summer, the third year journal members grade the memos. Based on the grades from the memos, the student’s stated preferences and GPA, placement on a particular journal is selected.
The tasks associated with being on a journal can be tedious but the benefits of being on a journal can outweigh the excess work. Employers often prefer either journal membership or participation in moot court. In addition, students can use their notes for their upper level writing requirement that is required in order to graduate. In addition, all the journals have their own office. One of the biggest benefits to the journal is its social aspect. Most journals have several socials throughout the year, a dinner at the end of the Spring Semester, and Bagel Day (usually every Wednesday where the 2L bring in bagels and snacks for the journal members).
AJLM’s latest social was at a bar called Crossroads. As always, it was fun to see friends from the journal and to get to know the new 2L members.