School: The Hunt Begins
The second summer of a law student's education is usually an important one. Most 2Ls, after all, have little to no legal experience, so getting your feet wet at a law-related job of some kind is almost required. The hunt for a summer job in the thick of the second year can thus be overwhelming.
Like many of my friends, I'm in the middle of the process. After the on-campus interview sessions failed to yield a suitable position for me, it's time to do it the old-fashioned way and start putting pen to paper. Cold mailings might be a sign of desperation to some, but in reality many small and medium size firms will hire you if you make it easy for them to hire you.
Another option is government work. Unfortunately, few of these posts are paid, but they provide valuable experience. I suppose we'll see how it pans out, but it's important to be persistent - the worst thing they can say is "no."