In an earlier blog entry
, I joked that I would take a bullet for my journal, that I love it that much. Admittedly, that was an exaggeration. However, something about being in the midst of my 3L year makes me take a reflective look back at my time at NYU Law, and I realize that being on the Journal of International Law and Politics
really is one my favorite things about law school. Here’s why:
1. Instant community
Being on a journal is a great way to have a smaller community and support system within the hustle-and-bustle of NYU Law. What we have in common—our passion for international law—combined with our diversity beyond that (our backgrounds, interests, and professional goals) make us a vibrant, dynamic group with something for everybody who finds themselves here. You want stimulating intellectual conversation about the International Criminal Court? We got that. You want the best Halloween party this law school has to offer? We got that, too.
2. Opportunities for leadership
I serve on the board of my journal as Senior Symposium Editor, and it’s been a great opportunity to not only shape the overall direction of the journal, but also to take on a very fulfilling leadership role. After months of preparation, my journal’s annual symposium
was in October, and planning and running it was a huge learning experience. At the end of the day, when a leading scholar tells you they’ve enjoyed the event, it makes all the work worth it.
3. Leaving a mark
Three years of law school can go by very quickly, and being on a journal is a great way to make a more permanent, positive contribution to the NYU Law community. For example, you can get your own student note or book review published, or assist in editing the work of major academics. Also, as a 3L journal member, you have a great chance to encourage 2Ls to keep the momentum going, and to give them guidance as they complete their own work.
In the end, I think that oftentimes what you get out of your experience depends on what you put into it. If you are willing to put in the time and work—even doing unglamorous tasks like fixing footnotes—then being on a journal can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.