When it comes to jobs, the number one factor considered by most employers is experience. The question they ask: "What experience do you have that relates to the work we do at our firm/in our organization?" We can't emphasize enough the importance of getting experience related to what you want to do, but also experience related to employers with whom you'd like to work. And in most job markets, good and bad, experience related to trial practice and litigation adds marketability.
Comments from previous externs: "I can say honestly that the externship was the best experience in law school. " "Without question this has been the highlight of my law school career, and the most valuable learning experience." "The hands-on nature of the externship allowed me to do research, sit in on court proceedings, and really understand how attorneys present cases…" "I am confident that even though I'll always have room for improvement in my legal writing, the things I learned these past three-and-a-half months will provide me with a leg up when I do start submitting my own briefs to the court."