A Kaplan survey has found that 61% of the 152 law school admissions officers surveyed said that "law internships fail to provide students with any significant advantage in the admissions process."
Does this mean you should definitely skip the legal internship? Not exactly.
Just because an internship may not greatly affect an admission committee's decision doesn't mean that it isn't a a good idea for you personally. Not only can it allow you to get an idea of what law practice is really like, it may also provide you with excellent letters of recommendation, as noted in the Cornell Daily Sun article.
Overall, I wholeheartedly agree with Gregory Alexander, A. Robert Noll Professor of Law at Cornell Law School: "Follow your passion. Do whatever you really want to do, not on the basis of whether it's going to increase your chances of getting into law school."
What do you think? Are legal internships advisable for aspiring law students?