Thanks for all of your input. What does one have to do to get these jobs. I'll be attending a lower tiered school. Will I have to finish in the top 25 to get a summer job? or are are most 1Ls able to get them provided they apply to enough places. Is this done through the schools? or should I try to send out resume's to every firm/judge/agency in North Carolina (most likely attending Campbell or NCCU)?
The chances of getting a paid firm job your 1L summer from Campbell or NCCU is extremely low. I would apply mostly to state judges, public interest and government work, and to do research for professors. You are a 0L though, so no need to start worrying about that yet.
Well thats a pretty big bummer.