1. Are you happy with your decision?
2. Which one: D'ag or Mercer?
3. Any impressive 1L summer job success stories?
4. How hard did you work for your grades?
All good questions.
1. I am very happy with my decision. I applied to schools based upon public interest law- so I am less knowledagble about people who want to work for firms (though I do have several 1L friends who received summer associateships (more on that below)). I went to undergrad in a small town and I did not know anyone when I moved here. And truth be told, I was scared to move to NY-- but I love it here! NY is awesome, the people at NYU are really cool and I have had amazing professors-- Burt Neuborne for civ pro, christina Rodriguez for Con Law. The Clinic opportunities are awesome and I have received alot of support from the faculty and staff. I see the Dean in the hallway and he stops to say what's up (remembering my name) even though we only met a few times. The QOL stuff you hear is all true in my opinion.
2. Mercer or D-Ag. If you are straight out of college I can see living in the dorms (and in that case choose mercer for the larger space), but if you had a few years off or are an independent person, I would say live off campus. I moved to ny a few weeks before, slept on couches and found a place-- I pay 1700 which is only about 200 more a month than Mercer and I have a ton more space, privacy, and relaxation.
3. Summer Jobs. I know people with 3 bs that got good firm jobs this summer. I know 1ls who got PDS in DC, NDS, Bronx Defenders. I know people who got jjpl in Louisana and Brennan Center. I know people RAing for professors and the Dean. it all seemed to work out and was only stressful for a week or two-- during the public interest law fair.
4. Grades are tough to come by-- it is true. We curve to a B and it is tough to beat it. But I think top ten percent of the class is straight B pluses after the 1L year, with it going up 2l and 3l year-- so just remember everyone is in the same boat. I care a little bit but not a ton-- and I figure if i get close to a B+ average by the end of 2L year I will be in the running for a clerkship though probably not appellate.