Thanks for the advice and encouraging words... sometimes this board amps my anxiety level!
Wow. Don't worry so much this far in advance. You shouldn't even be thinking about it now. Your focus = adjust to and enjoy law school, and do the best you can (grade-wise). Your career development folks should be really helpful for this whole process, but do take everything they say w/ a grain of salt (I know ours are overly firm-happy, and really disregard people who want to get experience in criminal law or people who want to work with a judge). Anyway ... also, don't get too hooked into thinking you MUST have a big fabulous firm job your first summer - it probably isn't going to happen. Yeah, when I saw that some law students make up to 20grand for a summer - that looked GREAT. But I know that the chances of getting those gigs (especially for after 1L) are slim.
Anything you do that gives you *legal* experience is well-worth your time. Don't worry about getting paid ... I'm doing an "unpaid" externship this summer ... but somehow I'm going to come out w/ over 4grand for the summer (work study / federal funding/ public interest/government funds). Not a big law number, but not too shabby, I think