I agree with F05HOPEFUL. I am responsible for hiring at my firm, and I can honestly say that it depends on what the law firm is looking for. For instance, we recently hired a secretary for me, but she is a law student and we only needed someone for 25-30 hours per week, so she was perfect. You should keep sending resumes out, because you never know what the firm is looking for. I agree that sometimes it may be a disadvantage being a potential law student, because the firm knows you will not stick around very long, but you might just fit the bill too.
JURISDEBT- yes, secretaries and support staff usually know more about civ pro than you will as a first year attorney. That is why it is a good idea to keep trying to get a job in a law firm. For instance, when I start as a new attorney I will have been working for my firm for 7 years!! The attorney I work for has already told me he will be sending me out on depositions and court appearances right from the start. Most first year attorneys (especially in big firms) spend their first few years in the law library or drafting responses to discovery rather than taking depositions or attending hearings. That is something to think about when interviewing for your first job....a variety of experience with possibly less $$$, or more $$$ and potentially boring tasks.
Hey redsox1079, is that a black persian cat? I have one too!