What Employers Really Value

As many of you gear up for Spring OCI and job fairs, we encourage you to read the article “What Employers Really Value” in ABA’s Student Lawyer (Vol. 42, No. 6, February 2014). Erin Binns, Director of Career Planning at Marquette University Law School, states that “despite all the hype (especially at this time of year for 1Ls) most employers don’t rely exclusively or even heavily on academic achievement when making hiring decisions.” Binns shares what she has learned from lawyers and recruiting directors – none of which mentioned grades when asked what they value in candidates who receive offers. Employers noted that they focus on other indicators of success, including attitude, leadership, time management skills, and a sense of humor amongst others traits.