Fiddler08 wrote:Do any of you recommend joining a student organization 1L year? How many are you currently part of (and do you feel it's too many or too few)?
Hells yeah. I think the student organizations here, especially vis-a-vis the opportunities they create for 1Ls, distinguish NYU from Columbia and Chicago.
Between the Student Representation Project, the Unemployment Action (Center?) (both of which are New York-wide, but began and remain headquartered at NYU), and the Mediation clinic, there's something that gets you out of the Village, gives you something awesome to talk about in interviews, and provides "real-world" experience. They throw you into the deep end and shoulder you with an insane amount of responsibility, which is scary, but incredibly worth it.
Moving beyond the gunner logic: They're great ways to connect with your classmates.
I did two SRP cases and became a founding member of both the Running Club and a Know Your Rights group--where we went to middle schools in the bronx and harlem to teach kids how to deal with the police. I "participated" in the Law and Film Society, a group started by avid (former?) members of this very internet website to watch The Wire. I also became a--and eventually trained--legal observers during the Occupy stuff.
It sounds like a lot, but it really didn't take up that much of my time. Most organizations pride and advertise themselves as "low-commitment." Setting up your own is encouraged, and it's incredibly easy to make them official and get a bit of funding.