Anonymous User wrote:Let's say I have an offer at a personal injury firm this summer, would that hurt if I wanted to do something else next summer? Like do corporate work next summer? It would be very difficult to say no to a paid summer clerkship.
No. It's better than working unpaid at the DA or for a lot of judges
. With the personal injury firm you'll get a firm experience and prob do some real work. A lot of DAs and judges just make you observe proceedings.
What are you basing this on?
I could definitely see how a paid legal gig would be preferable to an unpaid legal gig because, well, money is nice. Also, a 1L SA position would be the most ideal because it's even more money and could lead to a full time offer.
However, in terms of prestige and experience, the impression I've gotten from attorney friends is that working for a [federal] judge is toward the top and certainly above small law. You could look into doing both, though, so you could get the best from both. It wouldn't necessarily have to be a split if you could intern with a judge one day week and work at the firm 4 days a week or something.
Regardless, I doubt doing PI 1L summer will hurt you if you're interested in corporate work for 2L. You just want to make sure your resume doesn't scream PERSONAL INJURY otherwise. If all of your interests and activities all point toward one narrow legal field, you can pigeonhole yourself. I highly doubt one job would do that, though.