I know that a few students at my school have done it, so it's definitely not out of the question. When do you have to leave to be over there? If it's a little later than normal, you may be able to interview before school starts.
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You also may be eligible to defer your payments for a year, or for a short while change your payment plan to a graduated plan or one tied to your current income level. You will still be accruing interest, but depending on the clerkship opportunity you land, it could be worth it. I haven't talked to my own loan company about this, but some of the 3Ls I'm friends with have looked into while applying for clerkships themselves.
In general, I think that the better professors are the ones with greater class discipline in that regard. I was a teacher for a few years before law school and in my opinion, classroom discipline is as much of a problem in law school as it was when I taught seven and eigth graders.
I generally don't care whether students return to class after a break. I do care, however, when students come to class late by walking through the front doors, or when students leave and then return through the front doors. Besides being disrespectful to the professor, it is a huge distraction. And it only happens in classes taught by professors who let it happen. I have generally enjoyed and have better paid attention to professors who prohibit students from entering the front doors of the classroom after class starts and who prohibit students from entering and leaving. Emergencies exist, but somehow they happen with greater frequency in classes taught by teachers with little to no discipline.