JCougar wrote:sinfiery wrote:A law student isn't able to break even in some way in the summer? Go work at McDonalds if you can't find a real job/internship for 3 months and the 9 month CoL stays at 9 months.
I think it's painfully clear that you've never lived on your own or supported yourself, nor have you ever worked a full time job. You have a lot to learn about life, and about law school. You have unrealistic notions about costs of living. You might be able to live on $20K/year as a professional in a mid-sized city if you are young and single and have a tiny apartment. But there's just no way to do that in NYC.
Regarding McDonald's, if you have an unpaid 1L internship, you really don't have time to work a second job. You can't afford to come into work burnt out if you want a good recommendation. Also, lets take some things into consideration.
1) A 40-hour a week internship means you work 8 hours a day, but you also have to add in an hour for lunch, so you will be at that job 9 hours a day. You will have to dress up, which means ironing a shirt and putting on a tie and maybe a suit. This means, along with shaving, shower, etc., it will probably take you close to an hour to wake up, have breakfast, and get ready for this job. Now we're up to 10 hours. Furthermore, you will have to commute back and forth. Most legal internships are in large cities. You won't have a car, because it is too expensive to pay for parking in these kinds of cities. So you will have to take public transportation. You won't have money to live close to your work where rent is high, so your commute will likely be 1 hour each way, so now you are up to 12 hours. If you want 8 hours of sleep, this leaves you 4 hours left in the day to eat dinner, change into your McDonald's clothes, and then take public transportation to and from your McDonald's job, which leaves you with, at best 3 hours left in the day to work at minimum wage.
2) You might be asked to work late on a project that is due the next day, in which case, you'd have to call in sick to McDonald's and earn no money.
3) Your weekends will be spent doing mostly errands, such as doing laundry, dry cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. You will also spend a lot of time sending out resumes or typing up cover letters, especially if this is your 1L summer and you plan on participating in OCI.
In summary, you just don't have the time to work a second job if your first job is a professional one and you are a law student. There are a decent number of people who work two jobs, but they either have families at home taking care of their ironing, laundry, meals, etc. or they don't have to spend so much time on a commute in a large city.
I worked an unpaid government internship in DC my 1L summer, and this was pretty much the story of my time there. I did not have very much free time. I was very lucky to have family in the area with a spare bedroom, so I could live for free, and some of the grocery shopping, etc. was done for me. I didn't have to take out any extra debt. I spent my free time writing dozens of cover letters. If I decided to work at McDonald's instead, my legal career would be over.
I was just gonna say "you seem dumb" but this is a good answer too.