jdub wrote:Haha - who/what office are you emailing? Try the admissions office - they will be much more helpful/coherent.
But part of the reason you are getting a less than helpful answer is that there is no easy or obvious way to fund your summer. Some students are lucky enough to get scholarships, public interest grants, or other help their post-1L summer, but most students get by with part time jobs, savings, or are able to live below their means during the school year and have some student loan money left over for the summer. The summer before your 1L year though is really up to you. Schools can't release any grant or loan money before the semester starts, nor do they offer relocation grants to help you move. Students fund their summers in law school the same way students fund their summers in undergrad - however you can find or make the money.
Thanks! Emailing admissions will be my next step.
Btw your post is leaps and bounds more helpful than Hastings has been thus far! I was just looking for some general information - if there was a popular route, if their career office assisted with summer employment placement (not for this summer), etc.
I worked full time during my undergrad so this will be a new experience for me and I was (am?) in need of a little guidance.
No problem! Admissions will tell you pretty much what I told you, but yes, the career services office helps with summer placement (summer *legal* placement, anyway). Scrapping by over the summer is rough, but everyone is pretty much in the same boat. It'll all work out!
As an aside, if you're interested in public interest summer employment specifically, a great resource is HPILF, which is a student run organization that disperses a (limited) number of summer grants to students who spend their 1L or 2L summer working for a nonprofit or govt agency.
But really, your best bet, and the most popular way of getting by, is to take out loans during the year, and then try really really hard to not spend it all during the semester.
Also, work study is a good option (it doesn't give you any extra funds, but it helps pay down your loans). Most of the school's departments have student workers (admissions, career services, the library).