I'm in the top half of my law school at a T1 (30-40 range) and made 10/hr last year, during my 2L summer. I worked for a solo back in my hometown and it was the only offer I had to do any legal work. If I were you, I'd take the job and not even ask for more money. You don't want to sound like you have a sense of entitlement.
I would like to make two points on different subjects:#1 Take the job at $10.00 most 1L's are doing unpaid internships this summer. Getting paid anything rocks, plus taking over for a paralegal instead of just doing legal research will teach you how to actually DO stuff, which is invaluable if you want to practice in the field.#2 I don't understand why the people who can't find jobs can't find jobs. I'm at a T4, and have a paying job lined up. My school is well respected locally, but pretty much unheard of on the wider market. So, I'm staying in town. I wonder if the jobless posters' interviewing abilities aren't up to par, and that includes cover letter writing, and resume writing. Having great numbers won't always overcome horrible presentation. I also wonder what markets and types of jobs they are looking at. There are plenty of jobs out there, just not plenty of BIGLAW jobs.
Not sure how the study was done but I don't have any reason to doubt the numbers.
I still want to make a counter just because I know that a few of the positions I have lined up pay atleast 12-15 per hour and I think one of those will pan out.After hearing all the wisdom of your peers, I still think that is the right move. I think it can be done with tact. And, I think it can be done without conditioning acceptance of employment on the add'l $5/hr. That is, "I accept, but how do you feel about $15/hr." They may counter w/ $12/hr, in which case you are better off. From the firm's perspective: Paying you $15 is still a deal over the prior paralegal, especially if they are investing in your future, and acquiring someone w/your Spanish skills.
insulting the people who can't find jobs as having no personality or interview skills is not a wise idea. I know a LOT of these people, and I can say that for many of them, this is just untrue. It's a tight market right now, and while I don't think that's an excuse to sit on your butt, it does mean that a lot of desirable people can't find a paying job. Karma is a bitchh on this kind of stuff, so I suggest you stay humble at this early stage in your legal career and be grateful for someone giving you a break. And no, I'm not bitter--I have a job, I just feel very badly for my friends who (through no fault of their own) don't.