1) Have a good answer to why you want to work in that practice area (this will likely be very important to the firm).
2) Communicate your interest clearly. Often small/boutique firms are hiring less people and so they can be concerned about making offers to people who might take an offer elsewhere. If you are a large firm hiring 20 students you have many people calling students with offers and a deep list of candidates to move down if someone rejects your offer. At a small firm if your top 5 candidates accept offers at other firms you do not have as deep of a list of other candidates you are excited about hiring. Because of this, smaller firms will often choose a safe bet (someone who communicated they REALLY REALLY want to work there) over a stellar candidate who seems to be torn between them and a full service firm.
This is so my life. As you get more senior you can block time in your calendar to do actual work and people will schedule the calls around those times in your calendar (I have to do that otherwise the work will never get done). I also block family time in (I know that seems pathetic but if I want to see my wife it's the only way to do it).
Yes, but I thought that law schools weren't allowed to make decisions based on whether or not it was an accommodated test (otherwise what would the point be)?