I am basically in the predicament of NEEDING paid summer work, but WANTING to do public interest.
I am only a lowly 1L, but I have a lot of work experience. I am applying to various places that pay 1Ls, but I also decided to search ads for legal jobs.
I found an ad for a place I would LOVE to work. The ad is for a "real" job. There are very few paid positions for legal interns at this place and my impression is that they have already hired that crew. HOWEVER, I have all of the qualifications for the "real" job. Basically, if I weren't a law student I think I could qualify for this work on my own.
My question: Is it OK/appropriate/worthwhile to contact the organization, explain my related experience and ask for a paying job along the lines of the open position?