‘You Don’t Have to Speak German to Work on the German Law Journal’: Reflections on Being a Student Editor While Being a Law Student

25 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2009

Date Written: October 20, 2009

Abstract

By taking a backstage look at our experiences as student editors on the German Law Journal, we reflect on what being a student editor can add to a legal education. In order to rebut criticisms of student participation on law journals, we first argue that being a student editor provides students with invaluable skills and experiences that cannot be replicated it the classroom. Working on a journal not only allows students to refine their editing and research skills, but compels students to connect the technical knowledge learned in class with an understanding of the complexities and legacy of law as a project and a discipline. Secondly, we canvas the different forms of journal organization and student participation on law journals in different countries and argue that critics of student participation have ignored this wide spectrum. We conclude that just as the German Law Journal benefits from the involvement of English speaking student editors, new to European and international law, legal publications are far richer and more insightful the more they involve of fresh minds.

Keywords: Legal Education

JEL Classification: K10, K40

Suggested Citation

Allen, Danielle E.H. and Maheandiran, Bernadette, ‘You Don’t Have to Speak German to Work on the German Law Journal’: Reflections on Being a Student Editor While Being a Law Student (October 20, 2009). CLPE Research Paper No. 42/2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1491451 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1491451

Danielle E.H. Allen

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Bernadette Maheandiran (Contact Author)

Swadron Associates ( email )

115 Berkeley Street
Toronto
Canada

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