So you’ve taken the leap and applied to law school. You’ve taken the LSAT, and now you’ve got an interview at the law school you applied for.
Law school interviews are not uncommon. In fact, most schools only offer interviews on a limited basis. So if you’re offered an interview, be sure to take it. Being offered an interview at a law school means that you’re in a review group which is a way for admissions to distinguish the applicants.
Not all law schools require their applicants to have an interview for admittance, but schools like Harvard or Yale require each applicant to have an interview. Interviewing an applicant allows the admissions committee to learn more about your background and personal story as well as to get a better idea about your communication skills, motivation, maturity, and how you plan to contribute to the law school as a student.
While Harvard, Yale and other prestigious schools have different and possibly more difficult interview questions, there are a lot of the same questions that are asked in each school.
If you’re invited to attend an interview at the law school you applied to, you can expect to talk about your resume and experience as well as your interest in law.
Top 50 Law School Interview Questions
If you’ve been invited to interview at a law school you applied to, and you’re wondering what type of questions you’ll be asked, here are the top 50 law school interview questions you can expect.
- Why do you want to become a lawyer?
- Why are you applying to this particular law school?
- What kind of law are you most interested in practicing?
- Why are you interested in that area of law?
- What is your dream law job?
- What do you hope to accomplish with your JD?
- Why are you applying to law school now?
- What interests you about our school?
- Tell me about a time you were challenged while working on a team.
- Tell me about a time you overcame an obstacle.
- Tell me about a time you showcased leadership.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
- How would you contribute to your class?
- What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?
- What’s one thing that you might be scared of or hesitant about in law school?
- Tell me about an experience you had in an internship or job that makes you proud.
- What has been your biggest challenge so far?
- What kind of law student do you expect to be?
- What kind of student do you expect to be?
- Tell me about a social issue or current event that you’re following.
- Tell me about a book that influenced you or a book you’re currently reading.
- If you could have a conversation with anyone, living or dead, who would it be with?
- How would your friends describe you?
- What achievement are you most proud of?
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
- What can you contribute to the university?
- Who is your favorite author?
- Who is a famous lawyer you admire and why?
- What undergraduate courses did you enjoy most? Least?
- What was your toughest class and why?
- What newspapers/journals do you read on a regular basis?
- What kind of experiences do you have in the law field?
- Why do you think you will make a good lawyer?
- Why do you think so many people want to be lawyers?
- What steps have you taken to familiarize yourself with the daily activities of a lawyer?
- How did you investigate a career in law?
- Do you have family members who are lawyers? What do they think of the field?
- What do you look for when choosing a lawyer?
- What are the negative aspects of law from a professional standpoint?
- What experiences have you had in community involvement that demonstrate your commitment to law?
- If you are accepted into multiple schools, how will you make your decision?
- Why should we offer you admission?
- How did you prepare for the LSAT? Are you satisfied with your scores?
- Do you consider yourself a competitive applicant to this school?
- What do you have to offer our school?
- What do you hope to gain through your law education?
- How do you handle stress?
- Is there anything you want to brag about?
- What has been your most stressful experience to date?
- Describe the most outstanding leader you have ever worked with, and how you are similar to this person.