Anonymous User wrote:Clarification: I got interviews with all the firms, but didn't get ANY judge/government/actually obtainable job interviews. And I had plenty of call backs, so I made it through the 1st rounds of any firm I was in the running for. Not even a screening interview for prosecutors/judges.
Any ideas anyone? Some have suggested trying different states altogether, but I'm too poor to live away from my family even for a summer. Is there any downside to just applying for RA positions so I can stay at school, or if that doesn't pan out, just working at Wal-Mart for the summer?
Oh... that's different. Here are a few suggestions:
1) in-house depts
2) cold-call smaller firms in the area of your school to see if they want a year-round clerk (PT during school, FT in summer). Substantive low-paid experience w/a small plaintiff's firm might help w/getting into the defense work that many mid/large firms do (I know it does at the associate level, at least where I live), and counter-intuitive as it sounds, some plaintiff's lawyers have good relationships with lawyers on the opposite side and may be able to hook you up at a larger firm that does defense work.
3) Low-paid judicial internships at courts you might not think to apply to may be available in your area. For example I know of a family court judge who pays summer interns (IIRC it's min-wage or thereabouts).