w0w wrote:Hey guys! So I just made the decision to attend NYU next year. I attended Michigan's preview weekend and had a couple questions from my experience there.
Are there any clinics avaliable to 1Ls?
What is the clerkship office like at NYU? Michigan seemed to have well established staff that really knew the different judges and could make great recommendations to students (and alumni) about which judges would be the best fit for them. They made it seem like this was very unique to Michigan though.
Also, are there scholarships avaliable for teaching assistantships??
You cannot take a clinic as a 1L, but there are plenty of chances to get substantive experience as a 1L through student groups like the Unemployment Action Center where you can represent clients in administrative hearings or the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project where you can take on cases representing individuals seeking asylum.
The Judicial Clerkship Office here is really responsive, but I've heard some criticism that they prioritize students higher up in the class to the detriment of other students. I think there's plenty of institutional support here for students who want to clerk, and whether you can get a clerkship depends on a mix of your grades/other credentials and your flexibility/willingness to work outside major cities.
Research assistants are paid by the hour, but I think most teaching assistants just do it for school credit. There's the Furman Academic Scholars Program, a scholarship designed for people who want to go into academia, but that's a little different.