A'nold wrote:Thanks. The problem with this school is that they push these externships where it is a class and they charge you tuition. Internships are much harder to come by and the externship opportunities seem to gobble up most of the good internship jobs. I might ask the career office if the offices that didn't get bids for externships are still open to the idea of getting interns. Maybe I'll just get the scraps.
2L's at the top of the class, while they have an uphill battle, seem to do o.k. (I'm talking the top 5% and above) but 1L's are kind of SOL, regardless of grades. I just didn't want to pay for my summer job. It's bad enough not getting paid, but to have to pay? Srsly?
I think the consensus is that 1L hiring this year is looking pretty grim. Locking in an externship of some sort (unless you're extremely averse to criminal) through your school comes with some benefits (1) Ending the search to be able to put your mind at ease/stay focused so you can repeat 1st semester grades (2) Getting course credit so you might be able to come up a course or two ahead when you're thinking about taking the bar 3L second semester (3) Getting some quality experience at a place where you know they're understaffed and need bodies (I've heard judges widely vary as to the experience their interns receive).
Just some things to consider.