Many students come to law school without a clear idea of what type of law they want to practice. While this might have been okay when the economy was better, maintaining that kind of ambivalence for three years isn’t going to land you a job. During law school, students need to intern, join organizations, get mentors, and take classes focused around a specific area of law.
During 1L year, I’ll cut undecided students a break. By July or August before your 2L year, you need to have a plan. August and September are the major months for summer internship/associateship applications. (Also see The time has come and it is about to pass….) Therefore, 1L year is for figuring it your field and mapping out a plan.
To develop a cohesive plan for landing your dream job, talk to people who are already doing your dream job. Ask them how they got their positions. Also, talk to your career advisor they usually have valuable information about the type of experience prospective employers will look for and they may have contacts to help you gain that experience. (Also see A Day in the Life of: A Law School Attorney Career Counselor.)
After that, you need to use your own initiative and actually get dirty. Spend some time walking the walk. For example, if a 2L is interested in juvenile law, this student should join ABA associations and/or school organizations which have a focus on child welfare or juvenile issues. Any time you can run for a leadership role in an organization (and you have time to commit to it) you should.