What Factors Do Firms Consider When Hiring?

Many students mistakenly believe that a firm or any other legal employer will automatically hire the applicant with the best grades.  In practice, however, while grades are important, they are by no means the sole factor or even the most important factor for most firms.  Rather, firms are interested in whether you are a good fit for the culture of their organization and whether you have any connections to the local area that make you more likely to remain long term.  Having strong academic credentials cannot overcome these two factors, so focus on target markets where you share the same value system and have evidence of your commitment to the community.