« on: February 17, 2009, 07:03:35 PM »
I want to begin by prefacing that I am a 1L and am stating what I believe to be my opinion
First, Salary seems to be based on how big the firm is. If you can get a Summer Associate at a big law firm you will make big bucks, but if you can't you are stuck with lower paying jobs and even unpaid. From what I have seen, for non SA gigs, the pay is not that great, especially if it is a small firm. I'm interviewing for a job next month for a 1 man firm and it pays 15 an hour and I have seen other jobs around that.
Second, it never hurts to get your foot in the door somewhere. You can show that you are a hard, competent worker that might get you a permanent job while others are still searching. So a little sacrifice might pay off in the long run. Also, you might be able to go halfway through the summer, once you learn the ropes and initial training costs are over, go and ask for a small raise (especially if you see that the firm is billing you out for a lot of money, as a guess I would say that you should be paid 1/3-1/4 of how much you are billed out for, the rest going to overhead and firm profit).
Just curious, did you begin this internship? Is the situation going to be different during summer? These are things you could take into consideration. Also, you could look for another job and use it as leverage to get a raise as long as you are sincere about it and not look like an ass.
And finally, it might depend on your circumstances. If you could afford the lower wage, then it might be okay. However you might want to try and find out what the pay is like for permanent employees.
Hope that helped, even though I feel like I just reiterated and agree with a lot of what you already believed