Work some place for free your first summer. My grades weren't bad. I was in the top quarter actually, but I volunteered to work for a judge and at the end of the summer he was pretty much like, "where do you want to work? Pick it and I'll make it happen." I ended up with my dream job, and he constantly backs my play for me. Working for that judge was the smartest thing I ever did. If a judge likes you, it goes along way. All you need is the opportunity to show someone you're smart. Most people won't pass on free labor. I hooked my friend up with that judge last summer, and now he's sitting pretty with a big law summer job without an interview.