« on: March 13, 2007, 12:56:24 AM »
I know of two people who've done such a thing. The first worked as a paralegal-type in-house at a large on-line retailer. He did it for a year inbetween his bachelor's and law school. The other worked for a small patent law firm writing patents before starting law school. If you have a technical undergrad degree, then you can likely find a small patent firm that might be looking to pay you on a per-patent basis. Otherwise, you can likely find a job in-house at a corporation or perhaps at a law firm if you approach it as a "paralegal" rather than as a "0L clerk"
Also, as far as how much it will help you, my guess is that it could help you some to get a job your 1L summer if you're lower down in your class. However, by far by far by far the most important factor in getting a job is your 1L grades. Personally, if you want to do it because it sounds fun then I'd say go for it. If there is another job that sounds more fun/pays more/etc. then go for that, because it really won't help you that much. As far as helping you in school, I'm sorry but I can not imagine it helping you at all. Perhaps for the other person who commented it was useful, but in reality the experience you will have will not make that much of an impact. It takes two seconds to look up what a motion for summary judgment is, and I can't imagine a civ pro test that actually asks you that. Civ Pro is about Erie Problems, jurisdictional issues, res judicata, etc. - all things that you would have absolutely no exposure to working at a law firm as a 0L. Perhaps it would help you with some of the basic vocabulary, but once everybody else learns that after the first week then you'd be on the same playing field as them.