I took three years off after college, during which time I worked for two big law firms as a case assistant. I left both of these jobs after 6-8 months, without burning any major bridges but without establishing strong references either. I also worked for close to a year at a non-profit agency that was totally unrelated to law, and spent some time traveling through Europe.
I now go to a very good law school and will likely score in the top 10% of my class. I am sure that I want to be a lawyer and practice at a big firm in the city where my law school is located. My concern is that my pre-law school job record will reflect badly upon me in the eyes of interviewers. I am afraid they will think either I am too non-committal or simply couldn't hack it in a big firm. In reality I was trying to get my feet wet in a lot of different areas just to make sure that law school was the right choice for me (it is!).
I would appreciate any informed input as to the relevancy of my pre-law school work experience in the 2L job search. I like to think that my grades in law school will be more important, but I am not sure. Also, if anyone has any suggestions as to the best way to "spin" my pre-law experience, I would appreciate it.