Publications in student law journals


SwissL

Hello everyone. Do you think that publishing a long article in a student law journal would be a positive factor in the application to the Oxford MJur and the Cambridge LLM? Or do they only consider publications in "normal" law journals?

Thank you in advance!

Hello everyone. Do you think that publishing a long article in a student law journal would be a positive factor in the application to the Oxford MJur and the Cambridge LLM? Or do they only consider publications in "normal" law journals?

Thank you in advance!
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jwpetterch...

I cannot speak to the admissions standards of Oxbridge, which are a mystery to nearly the whole world. I can say that I have published articles in student law journals, in professional journals and as book chapters in anthologies and they have mattered in my professional life. People do read them. People see them on your cv/resume and recognize you as a published expert. My advice is to do it even if Oxbridge does not care.

Hello everyone. Do you think that publishing a long article in a student law journal would be a positive factor in the application to the Oxford MJur and the Cambridge LLM? Or do they only consider publications in "normal" law journals?

Thank you in advance!

I cannot speak to the admissions standards of Oxbridge, which are a mystery to nearly the whole world. I can say that I have published articles in student law journals, in professional journals and as book chapters in anthologies and they have mattered in my professional life. People do read them. People see them on your cv/resume and recognize you as a published expert. My advice is to do it even if Oxbridge does not care.<br><br>[quote]Hello everyone. Do you think that publishing a long article in a student law journal would be a positive factor in the application to the Oxford MJur and the Cambridge LLM? Or do they only consider publications in "normal" law journals?

Thank you in advance! [/quote]
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caighdean

Hello everyone. Do you think that publishing a long article in a student law journal would be a positive factor in the application to the Oxford MJur and the Cambridge LLM? Or do they only consider publications in "normal" law journals?

Thank you in advance!


One of my referees (who did the BCL in Magdalen himself and has been my general advisor on the application process) has always advised me to try to go for non-student publications where possible, even if these are not as strictly peer-reviewed, e.g. the Irish Law Times (if you're familiar with it) does not have as strict a review process as the UCD Law Review (a student journal), but this referee has advised me to publish in the former rather than the latter.

That being said, any publication must surely be better than no publication (it certainly can't be a negative factor), and you will be able to use it in the application for the longer piece of writing. 

Take all of this with a heavy pinch of salt though, I'm also an applicant!

[quote]Hello everyone. Do you think that publishing a long article in a student law journal would be a positive factor in the application to the Oxford MJur and the Cambridge LLM? Or do they only consider publications in "normal" law journals?

Thank you in advance! [/quote]<br><br>One of my referees (who did the BCL in Magdalen himself and has been my general advisor on the application process) has always advised me to try to go for non-student publications where possible, even if these are not as strictly peer-reviewed, e.g. the Irish Law Times (if you're familiar with it) does not have as strict a review process as the UCD Law Review (a student journal), but this referee has advised me to publish in the former rather than the latter.<br><br>That being said, any publication must surely be better than no publication (it certainly can't be a negative factor), and you will be able to use it in the application for the longer piece of writing.&nbsp;<br><br>Take all of this with a heavy pinch of salt though, I'm also an applicant!
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SwissL

Thanks everyone! 

Thanks everyone!&nbsp;
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Flumbo

Not sure how useful this is, but I applied to Cambridge before publishing in a US journal (almost all of which are student run) and was unsuccessful. After publishing in one I received an offer. Make of that what you will.
The fact I wrote a better application that year probably helped too.

Not sure how useful this is, but I applied to Cambridge before publishing in a US journal (almost all of which are student run) and was unsuccessful. After publishing in one I received an offer. Make of that what you will.<br>The fact I wrote a better application that year probably helped too.
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