As with any profession, preparation is critical. To use an analogy, you increase your chances for a great first job by tilling the ground and planting the seeds well before enjoying the bounty of the harvest.
First, let me address the obvious. If it is your dream to obtain a position with a "silk-stocking" firm, hit the books well before entering law school. Be focused on your goal and do your due diligence. Excellent grades, a high score on the LSAT exam, and demonstration of your maturity and character through involvement in meaningful extracurricular activities are requirements for being admitted into a tier-one law school.
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