I have an unpaid externship lined up with a big law firm this summer that is 20 hours/week. In fact, since I get 4 credits for it, it's basically like I have to pay to work there (though I guess I can take 1 less class my 3L year or something). I figure working at a V50 firm might lead to some good networking and lead to a clerkship my 2L summer.
I was planning on doing a random part-time job (even non-legal) this summer in addition to get some $$. However, now the DOJ wants to interview me for a 20 hour/week gig over the summer. If I did this, I would basically be making no money.
My question is this: Would having DOJ on my resume in addition to the externship help me at all? I've heard that firms don't really care so long as you did _something_ so are unlikely to be impressed just because you did multiple things. Would it be wise to take DOJ over the externship given that I wouldn't have to pay for summer credits?