Because attorneys want weakness hidden and strength projected, the most important thing that any attorney can do when interviewing for a job is to become an “advocate” and “represent” themselves. This means that the attorney needs to portray themselves as being competent, strong, and infallible.

Why an Attorney Needs to Think Like an Advocate in a Law Firm Interview

To portray yourself as "in the right", it is often necessary to potentially admit one weakness to overcome a greater one and get sympathy from an employer, but this needs to be done in a creative way. For example, an attorney in a courtroom television drama may say:

"My client is not a nice guy. Hate him for being a bad guy. But that does not mean he committed this murder. Hate him, but do not convict him of murder."
In a similar vein, an attorney who is interviewing with a law firm might say:

"I realize that I did not go to the most prestigious law school. However, because of this, I also believe I need to work harder and will live, breathe, eat and sleep this job. I really want this job."
That sort of statement shows that the attorney is interested in improving despite a weakness.

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