I was recently offered a job at a small Law Firm in Tallahassee, FL. The firm has less than 5 attorneys in 2 offices.
I am in the top 20% of my class at a Florida T4 school. They job only offers $11.00 for "summer law clerking in both civil and criminal areas."
My question is, is this the best I'll get as a 1L from a t4? I want to reject this offer and look for jobs that pay more but I'm scared of being left with nothing come summer time. Every I've talked to says "a bird in the hand...", but I wonder what my chances are of doing better.
Also, I've heard some people say that they learned a lot working in a smaller practice, I'm actually scared that all I'll be doing is making coffee and copies.
I'd appreciate some input thanks
Actually, I think you did ok with this job considering your school, rank and location. $11/hour is great considering that most of your fellow 1Ls will be working in unpaid or even non-legal jobs this summer. I really doubt you'll be doing menial tasks. As a small firm, they might be overburdened as it is, and they can't afford to pay you that wage just for making coffee! At most BigLaw firms, the summer associateship is more about recruiting than giving substantive work experience.
At this time in the recruiting cycle, I think it's late to start looking for another job, anyway. It sounds like you have a good opportunity. Don't waste it.