Lady Heather wrote:You don't need to worry about the lack of crim on your resume. A majority of 1Ls have no crim experience. You might get a Q about how you would feel about representing people who hurt people (depending on what kind of do-gooder/community service you've done). Make sure you ask about the work YOU would actually do this summer. I had an internship where the supervisor just expected me to follow attorneys around and observe trials. I had to beg for every assignment I got.
Wear a nice blouse (silk/satin, if you have it). Be conservative with jewelry - wear a couple of pieces, at most, and nothing avant-garde. I tend to be against women wearing panty-hose to work, but this is one of those areas where you could go either way.
I would be careful about turning your nose up at just following attorneys around, observing trials, and understanding how everything works. From the DA side, I found this prepared me better than anything else I did my 1L summer to do the job. I did a decent amount of good writing and research assignments, which I'm happy about, but the opportunities I had to observe helped me do well in Trial Ad and more importantly served as the first part of being ready to handle cases myself down the line as a Certified Legal Intern. It's easier to do the work when you already have a good idea of what's going on...and that won't come from scrutinizing case law about what qualifies as a present sense impression or if there's an illegal search when a police helicopter flies over your yard.