Spoke with several lawyers at my cousin's wedding. He is a lawyer, his wife is a lawyer. It seemed that every other person I met was a lawyer. Open bar, so after the third huge cognac and macanudo they seemed quite pleased to be giving me some advice, suggestions, warstories, gladhanding, and businesscard passing.
So the straight dope I got from them was that you need to milk any and all connections that you have if you wish to find work outside of the Law School's area of local influence. Start knocking on doors now. Start viewing lawyers as potential future collegues.
If you know no one, then you have to network through your LS, through LS sponsored clinics, and through summer externships more then likely in your school's region. Based on this, and with the promises of maintaining contact through out lawschool, I fully intend on heavy networking for solid internships in Cali, and WA after 1L, and 2L years. But the groundwork for some internships starts now. One summer away is nothing in the span of a career. So plan now.
Based on their encouragement, I'm going ahead with my plan on looking at law schools back East, in the Mid West (just for a change of lifestyle), as well as in Cali proper and then California/Washington internships whenever possible. Unless of course I can get into a Cali LS with good surf.
I'd start talking to as many lawyers that you know, and see what they think. See where the people in their firms went to school. Plan on taking a couple of bars. Cali as well as the state you may be going to school.