schocolate wrote:Does anyone have advice or info about doing the Advocates and/or Mississippi Delta SPOs?
I did MDP as a 1L. They're a really friendly group and the time commitment is very manageable, maybe 15-20 hours per semester on average. I mainly did legislative and policy research for my team, and also got the chance to conduct some interviews with stakeholders—culminating in writing a section of the white paper our team was putting together for our NGO client. If you're at all interested in policy advocacy it's a great gig, but note that you won't get any litigation or transactional experience.
The substantive experience may differ a little bit based on which team you're on. Last year the four teams were: (1) economic development; (2) food policy; (3) child & youth; and (4) health initiative (for more description, see https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/deltaproject/
). You get to preference the teams, but you may not get your first choice if there are too many people applying for the same team. That being said, I got my second choice and had a good time anyway.
EDIT: Also, many of my EIP interviewers were interested to hear about my experience with MDP. Of course, they're probably just as interested in any other SPO (or other interesting student org) experience, so don't force yourself to do something you're not that into just for the resume line. But it does help to have something to put on the resume line!