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Law School Interview Questions

Personal

  • Who are you? Tell me about yourself.
  • Why Law School?
  • How would a friend describe you?
  • List three things you want me to know about you.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why should we accept you?
  • How are you unique from other applicants?
  • How will you juggle a law career with a family?


Motivation/Sincerity

  • What other careers have you explored?
  • Do you feel that you have a realistic view of law school?
  • Do you understand what the life as a lawyer entails?
  • What will you do if you don't get into law school?
  • Why do you want to attend this school? Is this school your top choice?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5/10/20 years from now?
  • In what area of law do you want to practice?
  • Do you have any concerns about this school?
  • Have you considered the advantages/disadvantages of living in this area?


Qualifications and Experience

  • What work experience have you had?
  • How have you prepared yourself for a career in law?
  • How did you decide to become a lawyer?
  • How have you contributed to your community? What volunteer experience have you had?
  • Tell me about a time when you have helped someone.
  • What's your toughest subject?


Problem Solving

  • Describe a complex problem you have or haven't solved.
  • Tell me about a time when you used creativity to solve a problem.
  • What kinds of situations have you been in that required project planning?
  • Tell me about a time when you didn't achieve.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to make an unpopular decision.
  • Give an example of a time when you had to make a quick decision on the job.


Ability to Work in Team Situations

  • Tell me about a recent team experience you had that was fulfilling.
  • Give an example of a time when you were not a productive team member.
  • What do you expect of others in a team environment?
  • What type of people do you see yourself working with? How do you establish working relationships with new people?


Knowledge of the Law Field

  • What legal topics are you interested in? Are you familiar with any Supreme Court decision in that area?
  • What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the judicial system today?
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the court system.
  • Talk about the basic principles of the constitution.


Personality and Background

  • Tell me about a significant event in your life and how it shaped you.
  • Do you have a favorite book/class/professor?
  • What about yourself would you change if you could?
  • What three material objects are most important to you?
  • What people have influenced you and how?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • Tell me about a cross-cultural experience you have had.
  • What do you do in your free time? What are your hobbies?


Ethics/Character

  • Would you defend a client who committed murder?
  • Have you ever cheated or helped a friend cheat?
  • How will you deal with know-it-all clients?
  • How will you keep your personal opinions separate from the law?


Current Knowledge of the Field and Opinions

  • Are restrictions on assisted suicide constitutional?
  • Should the insanity defense be abolished?
  • Do people have a right to clone themselves?
  • Is flag burning protected by the 1st Amendment?
  • Should lawyers be prohibited from presenting a false case?
  • Should the death penalty be abolished?
  • Should drug use be legalized?
  • Should law enforcement officials notify the community when a sex-offender moves in?
  • Is hate speech fully protected by the constitution?
  • Should same sex marriages be lawful?
  • Are public school officials liable for damages in cases of student-on-student sexual harassment?