Mac1986 saidSolid education would help. Amazing recommendations. Professional attitude. Well kept appearance. An irresistible smile.
Fake it til you make it!
This is pretty much on point. As far as getting the job, make sure that your resume/application mirrors the requirements of the job (if it is posted). It makes a big difference if you tailor your resume to a particular employer. I have seen many resumes when I interview people for legal jobs and I can easily see the ones who just photocopied their generic resume and mailed it to everyone.
Second, if you get an interview, prepare for it. In addition to your physical appearance, make sure you know something about the company. Once again, we may interview 12 people for a position and only 2 people actually took the time to really learn about the job and the company. You will be remembered if you can clearly explain why you want to work at that particular employer.
It does not hurt someone if someone at the company you want to work at can recommend you.
Once you have the job, work hard, keep on top of your professional credentials and be willing to do whatever is asked to get ahead. Your competence and work ethic will determine your career progression once you get here. In any event, good luck.