These are my general categories. Of course, others may disagree. The firms might be ranked lower or higher than the others, depending on how much you would like the money.1) Biglaw, USCOA judge, or extremely rare federal government position (Solicitor General, etc. mostly only to 2L or 3L).2) Midlaw, USDC judge, state supreme court judge, other federal government position (US attorney, other DOJ, non-DOJ).3) Small firm that pays, state appellate court judge, rare state government position (AG office, Governor's offfice, etc.), orother US judges (magistrate, bankruptcy, tax, immigration, federal claims - however, some of these will be in the higher category if you plan on specializing in that area of law)
hey, i'm trying to decide between offers to intern for a USDC judge in california and a state supreme court judge in a small new england state. i prefer coming back to california after graduation. all in all, do the potential networking connections and so forth *really* matter when weighing these options? i don't mind staying in new england for the summer.