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According to an article on Lawyerist.com by Atty. Randall Ryder, if you think that every law student with good grades gets a job at a big firm, you are dead wrong.  Mr. Ryder claims that the number of law students who get big firm jobs based solely on first-year grades is a relatively modest number that continues to shrink.

“Grades are important, whether you apply at a big firm, for a clerkship, or want to work for a solo attorney. But as you move away from big firms and high profile clerkships, employers are increasingly looking for recent grads who can step in and help sooner rather than later.  Writing briefs and arguing substantive law is an important skill for a lawyer. So is interacting with clients and knowing how to establish strong rapport with them.

For many employers, if it comes down to two candidates, the applicant with more practical experience will get the job offer.”

To read the entire article, click here.

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