Membership Myths and Facts
Myth: Only people interested in corporate law are members of the Journal.
Fact: A significant portion of Journal members are interested in areas of law outside of corporate law. Membership on the Journal is less about subject matter and more about securing the substantial opportunities accompanying membership. All major employers understand the significance of Journal membership on an applicant's resume. Although seeking employment outside of the regional area normally would be difficult, the Journal is recognized and acclaimed nationally.
Myth: I'm interested in litigation so Journal membership probably isn't for me.
Fact: Litigation involves months, or even years, of research and writing before stepping into a courtroom. Membership on Journal develops skills that are essential to a successful litigation practice. Many members of Journal participate in Moot Court, Moe Levine, and ITAP. A significant amount of litigators in the area's largest law firms are Journal alumni.
Myth: If I'm on the Journal, I won't be able to work and earn money in my "spare time."
Fact: Many evening students hold full-time jobs and are successful members of the Journal. We have members of the staff and board who have families, full-time jobs, and attend classes at night. THey would love to speak with you about their experience! Full-time students on the Journal also hold part-time jobs. Many opportunities for part-time employement are offered by Journal alumni who are flexible and understanding. It all comes down to time management.
Myth: "Law Review" and "Journal" mean different things in the eyes of employers.
Fact: The Journal is Delaware Law's original law review. There is no significance to the title "Journal" other than it is the name they chose. Nevertheless, attorneys and employers across the country know the name Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. Membership on Journal is instantly recognized by employers and extremely helpful in securing employment after (or before) graduation.
Myth: Journal membership isn't really an important factor in finding a job.
Fact: Journal membership is the most important factor in finding a job. Although membership on a journal is not an absolute prerequisite for employment, employers will expect a skillful and intelligent writer. Journal membership will provide you with those skills. As such, many employers use membership on the Journal as a screening tool. Being a member of the Journal will also open doors to alumni who are willing to help you secure a job in your field of interest.
Myth: If I work really hard and get great grades it won't matter that I am not on Journal.
Fact: To understand the law, an attorney must be able to express the law in a skillful and intelligent manner. Consequently, employers typically review two things when deciding whether to interview an applicant: grades and Journal membership. The legal profession has a competitive job market and you want to make yourself stand out in every way possible. It is necessary to distinguish yourself from the substantial pool of qualified candidates. Therefore, joining Journal will make you a strong applicant.