Submitted by Susan Smith Blakely
Editor's Note: Ms. JD is excited to announce that Susan Smith Blakely, author of Best Friends at the Bar, will be speaking at Ms. JD: She Leads on October 5, 2012. This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on April 28, 2011.
I know how tough it is for first year law students these days when it comes to finding summer employment. Paying positions are not likely to be plentiful for students after only one year of law school in this economy, and unpaid internships are really the only practical possibilities for most of you. I know that your law school career counselors have given you good advice on the value of internships, but let me put in a few words of my own because I have been on the management side.
First of all, the summer after your first year of law school has to stand for something these days. You want to have as much law-related experience on your resume as possible by the time you are looking for jobs after graduation. The days of taking off for Europe or Central America to chill after the first year of law school are over. Sorry. You really need to be more resourceful to impress those future employers who you are going to be asking to pay for your services.
However, that puts you in a job squeeze because there also are a scarcity of intern jobs. But, here’s a possible source of internships that I want you to know about: Local Government Internships.