Heat wrote:Thanks. Extremely enlightening post about 1L summer. Just to be clear your post is saying that in general people formulate which places to put in applications in November (or in the long game Feb/March). How do you find these places? Generally through UVA?
I wish I'd done research as a 0L so I didn't have to worry about it during the school year. Career Services won't help you until Nov. 1, and by then you're deep into the semester and trying to plow through everything. I ended up with a pretty good (unpaid) 1L summer internship I applied for in February off the job listings Career Services has.
The one thing I'll tell you is that there are very few 1L summer internships out there (it's something that got cut back on a lot due to the economy) and you should not count on finding a paid internship. It doesn't matter in the long run, it won't be held against you that you didn't work for a law firm during 1L summer, and to keep your options open you should be prepared to apply for every PI position you'd be interested in, from the most prestigious on down, in areas where you could reasonably afford to live (read: wherever your parents/family/friends with spare couches are). Don't count on getting a PILA grant, they're pretty competitive and not everyone gets one, but if you try for one and do get one then it'll help with your 1L summer expenses.
If you want something to read as a 0L, I tend to discourage reading of E&Es and things, but one thing I will definitely say is that you should get and read Guerilla Tactics to Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams
. There are older and newer editions, try to make sure you're buying the newest one out there.