I'm a rising 1L...I've been perusing this site for a while. I had a quick question about 1L summer jobs in this economy; what is the best way to go about acquiring one? I'm a 0L RA this summer, so I think that should give me a (albeit slight) leg up on my fellow 1l job seekers...I did an NALP search for all of the firms in Chi that hire 1Ls traditionally, and I had planned on personally delivering my resume/cover letter on 12/1. However I think that might be fruitless when 2Ls from UChi are worried about summer gigs...Also, I'm deeply interested in labor and employment lit (I assume Kirkland is the best BIGLAW firm for that in chi), but what are opinions of smaller elite niche firms (say Jackson Lewis)? And what chance will I have of acquiring a 1L summer with one of them? Alas, I look forward to brushing shoulders in the hallways will all of you maroons in a couple of months
The answer is that no one can accurately answer that question until 2L hiring season is done. For this summer very few firms hired 1Ls and unless something about you is truly unique (like your name is Daley) I wouldn't bank on it.
At this point just chill out, enjoy the rest of your summer and come to school ready to work in September. Focus on getting through your first quarter instead of your job search in December.