i thought i'd consult the wisdom of LSD because i honestly am not sure how to handle this situation. here goes:
1. i have an offer to do an unpaid internship in a nearby public defender's office (not federal--it's a state/commonwealth office). nothing glamorous, i know, but there are some pros. namely, i'd be able to continue living in my dirt cheap apartment, set my own hours, and the work sounds pretty interesting--they have at least one murder going to trial this summer.
2. i've also been talking to a local attorney who is a partner at a bankruptcy boutique. they aren't into hiring summer associates, but i've told him that i will work for whatever he's willing to pay me. he's a friend of the law school i go to--he actually teaches a class or two, and is setting up a bankruptcy practicum for next year--and he is going to consult with his partners at their next meeting and let me know afterwards if i can come work for them this summer.
3. i told the PD office that i'd let them know by tuesday if i was accepting their offer. they didn't seem to be too concerned about deadlines, but tuesday is the absolute latest i can apply for funding from my school. the bankruptcy attorney told me that he probably won't be able to tell me anything before thursday, which is when he meets with the other partners. he did say that he'd call me as soon as he got out of the meeting, however.
so, in true law school fashion, i'm asking you to help me with my "balancing test" that has to consider a number of factors, namely: 1) probability that i don't get an offer from the bankruptcy firm, 2) probability that i lose my offer at the PD's office by putting off my acceptance (probably not high--i got the feeling that i was the first student who had contacted them) 3) waiting for the bankruptcy firm = losing chance at summer funding (which is not, in itself, a sure thing) 4) substantive interests--i am not interested in criminal law as a career, but i think that working for a PD would be really interesting and personally fulfilling, whereas i am very interested in bankruptcy, and i am also interested in litigation in general. i think that's everything, but if you can think of any other factors i should consider, please feel free to add them.
so. . . what do you all think? should i wait on the bankruptcy firm? take the sure thing and try to get funding? as an ignorant 1L who has never before gone through OCI, i'd especially like to hear what, if any, impact my choice could have during recruiting next fall (i go to a T25, if that helps).