Bored, itinerant law interns are the latest side effect of the recession. The NY Times takes a look today inside the summer internship programs at Brooklyn's district attorney's office and finds packs of unpaid law students roaming the hallways, struggling to find desks, chairs, and jobs. As an anonymous intern tells the Times, "It’s much harder for them to find stuff for us to do...Definitely some people feel they haven’t done anything." At least they're getting a chance to brush up on their puzzle skills, though, as the Times notes "other interns pass the hours doing crossword puzzles or playing games on the computer." (To be fair, that happens with interns regardless of the economic climate.) What's causing this epidemic of lawyerly lassitude? The reduction in summer hires by private firms, which has shifted swarms of students into a public sector that can barely absorb them. As a result, competition increases for everything from assignments to eventual job offers to even intramurals—in the one of the few bright spots to a down economy, the Brooklyn DA office softball league now has plenty of intern talent to pick from.