Has anyone, from either UCLA, LMU, or USC been offered a 1L summer clerkship as a recruiting tool before 1L year even started? I've heard about it, and I am wondering the details.Also, does anyone know where I can find avg. starting salaries for beginning associates at firms? That doesnt require subscription? Thanks!
Very unlikely. Under NALP rules, employers are not supposed to even be talking to 1Ls until Dec 1st. Most firms that have summer programs pay 160k to starting associates. A few more regional firms might pay low 6 figures. Generally, getting a 1L position at a firm is pretty tough unless you go to Yale, Harvard, or Stanford. There is the potential that someone could get a summer offer from a small firm that is not a member of nalp, but it wouldn't be a formal summer program like the big firms have.
Nealric is also off on this one and doesn't seem to know much outside the top firms. Non-NALP firms frequently have formal summer programs like the big firms have. Most firms that have summer programs do not necessarily pay $160k to starting associates. Plenty of Vault or NALP firms start at $125-130k or $145k.