Substantive knowledge is generally not a condition of employment for entry-level lawyers. Employers typically don’t expect current law school students and recent graduates to have much substantive or working knowledge of practice areas, especially those entry-level lawyers who have had little or no work experience. Your first challenge isn’t to sound more qualified; it’s to become more qualified!
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Dayna Maeder, 2019-2020 Student Editor-in-Chief
Florida State University College of Law
Julie Merow, Delegate of Communications
West Virginia University College of Law
Jessica Gilgor, Creighton University School of Law
Kayla Griffis Molina. University of Oklahoma College of Law
Deborah Sier Huveldt, Florida State University College of Law
Katherine Vega, Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)
Adam Music, Web Editor
ABA Law Student Division
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