I think working for a solo is a great thing to do your 1L summer, you will learn so much that you donít get to see working at a larger firm. Iím part time starting my fourth (and hopefully last!) year in law school. Iíve clerked at large, medium and small firms (year round). For the last year I have been clerking part-time for a solo, and its been the best learning experience clerk wise yet. Iíve been able to do everything, memos, briefs, appellate briefs, motions, client interviews, depositions, appear in district, federal and the 10th circuit courts several times. Basically everything he does I have done in some degree, including trials. If your solo is a good mentor you will learn a lot this summer.
As to finding other employment, Iím not sure how this would have worked for my 2L as Iím doing it last, but its certainly helped me land leads/offers for post law school work. My boss has been practicing 35 years and went to my school, heís also very well know in his field so he knows practically everybody in our legal market to some degree. By introducing me to people he knows I have met state supreme court justices, 10th cir judges, big law partners ect. He tries to set up a lunch with someone in the legal field I have not met yet once every week. Its been great, and Iíve had more offers from that (and his personal recommendation of me) than I could possible accept. My advice would be try to encourage your boss to do something similar, introduce you to the people he knows, some of them might be able to help with your 2L summer or post law jobs.
Thanks for the informative post and kind wishes.Goodluck to you as a 4L. I am sure you will do great!
I am learning alot working with this solo. He is a feminine hygiene product though and is the atypical lawyer that people make jokes about. He is pompous, rude, and unfriendly and just cares about the dollar. And boy is he cheap!
Nevertheless, I am trying to not let that effect my experience.
I have a couple more questions that maybe someone can address.
I. As an incoming 2L, what is the process to begin looking for permanent employment?
II. When can a incoming 2L begin applying for permenant employment and how would one go about asking firms and offices if they are hiring?
III. When someone says permenant employment, is that strictly referring to summer associate positions? If not, what other type of permenant employment is there?
Thanks guys for the helpful info as always.
Goodluck to those of you getting ready to take the bar.