What kind of experience would that be? Watching discoveries? Watching trials? Being in an office while the actual attorneys discuss cases? I mean, sure, that can perhaps give you a leg up on people if you end up doing litigation because you won't necessarily be as lost as the next guy, but that kind of "experience" doesn't even take an internship. You can go down to your local courthouse and volunteer and end up doing the exact same stuff.
Yes, but about 0% of law students do go volunteer at the courthouse, so having watched such work full-time for ten weeks over the summer would give you roughly 400 hours more experience than your classmates.
I disagree with that because I spent two summers after junior and senior years in high school at my local courthouse, as have several of my friends from high school. I'm sure lots of people who are interested in litigation do it (it's one way for future lawyers to become
interested in litigation). At the same time, I doubt it would help much to bring that kind of thing up with a Vault 50 firm regardless of the kinds of skills you could demonstrate to them because it is probably more the good impression such a competitive internship gives them rather than the actual experience. Also, let's face it: If you're signed up for a litigation track at a Vault 50 firm and you didn't learn what you're expected by the firm to have learned about litigation from law school, you're in trouble, internship or not.