A couple of questions have been asked about housing in the "In at Harvard" thread in Acceptances/Denials, but I figure y'all will see them much sooner here.
I'd really like to live on campus for 1L. Is North worth the premium, or should I suck up my pity party about community bathrooms, A/C, and floor space and go the cheaper route?
Another thing influencing my decision is what most people are able to do for their 1L summer. What kind of work do people get, and where (what cities) do they do it? I'm under no delusions that I'll score an NYC 1L SA, but if I can't land some kind of PI work in Atlanta and crash with family, I'll need to save up for the summer.
Thank y'all for continuing this thread
We (by we I mean I) don't really check the "In at Harvard" thread--they should post in here.
It depends--why do you want to live on campus?
To me, the value of living on campus comes with the opportunity to meet people. There really is no socializing experience quite like living in the dorms--those who live in the dorms tend to branch out beyond their section more easily, which I think is a good thing. I think this is part of the weakness of North; to my knowledge, North doesn't tend to have the community aspect.
If it's because you want to live close to the school, there are apartments closer than North.
If it's because of price--there are probably some apartments you could get for cheaper, though obviously with roommates.
People get 1L summer jobs all over the world. I know people who got 1L SAs (in NYC, LA, DC, SF), others who got in-house positions at places like Marvel, Google, and Microsoft, people who worked at an assortment of non-profit organizations, including the ACLU and Wikimedia, and people who worked for government agencies, including the USAO of several different cities (Boston, Seattle, etc.) and the DOJ. More internationally, I know several people who worked for a non-profit in China, someone else who worked for in Rome, and someone who worked for the International Criminal Court in the Hague. There's really a rather broad range. You can probably land PI work in Atlanta.
There's a stipend given out for people who do PI work, more info here: http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/sfs/spif/index.html