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?
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.
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.
So 50-55% gets a B or B- (with something like 7% getting B-s) that said-- NYU does not rank so it is all speculative. However, it is pretty clear from my understanding that people with As generally have more than one and and that people with Bs generally have more then one. Apparently going across the 6 graded classes over the 1L year, B+s all the way through is 10%; I believe it just knowing mine and my friends grades-- that said-- NYU does not release that data and generally it is just rumor. It could be higher but I imagine we are pretty similiar to our peer schools-- so maybe someone from there can chime in with better knowledge. As for the jobs. The whole first group are really good public defenders that are tough jobs to get for public interest kids-- JJPL is juvenile justice project for louisana and the Brennan Center gets something like 1200 applications each year-- you can find them online to read about their mission, etc.