Law School Admissions: Law school interview guide

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Law school interviews-1Very few law schools require interviews, or even make them optional, with some notable exceptions like Harvard and Northwestern. Interview prep is (comparatively) fun, especially stacked against the LSAT and personal statement. Too often, students spend too much time thinking about interview questions and avoid studying for the LSAT.

That said, the interview is another data point the law schools use to assess you.

You must be prepared to talk about the following

1. Resume and experience

The most central piece of your interview will be discussing your resume and experience. You should come with stories prepared, including what on your resume is most meaningful to you. When possible, you should have narrative prepared for each aspect of your resume, and should connect back to your legal motivations. Importantly, you should take anything you’re not preparing to talk about off your resume immediately.

2. Your interest in law

Your other main focus should obviously be your interest in law. You should come prepared to speak clearly about your interest, along with how long you’ve been drawn to this field.

Once you speak to the general, you should move to the specific – what about this particular law school is special to you? For each interview, make sure you can talk cogently about the following, as it pertains to their law school:

  • At least two professors
  • At least two unique courses
  • At least one of the following: clinic, extra-curricular opportunity, journal, tradition/campus culture, or alumni

You should probably be prepared to talk about the following

Once you’ve covered the essentials, you should be prepared to talk about ancillary details about who you are and what led you to this decision. This can include, but isn’t limited to, an academic or professional accomplishment; a mistake, failure, or weakness; or, a time you worked on a team.

Practice adapting your prepare narrative to common questions

After you’ve practiced narrating the above, you should then begin adapting your narrative fodder to common questions. The following questions are based on a collection of real answers from T14 law schools:

  • Why law and why now?
  • Why X school?
Hypothetical: if at your time at [legal internship], you were to show up one day and find that your coworkers were your clones, what strengthens and challenges would you run into?
  • What are you afraid of, and what motivates you?

If you were a fly on the wall, what do you think the admissions committee would say are the pros and cons of your application?

  • If you were an admissions officer, what two qualities would you look for in a potential candidate?
  • Do you have any questions for me?
  • Tell me about your job at [an organization where you worked].
  • 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.
  • Which experience are you most proud of?
  • If you could have a conversation with anyone, living or dead, who would it be with?

With practice and a keen knowledge of what to expect, you’ll be able to walk into the interview feeling confident in yourself and your candidacy.

As you probably already know, the LSAT is a very important part of your law school application.  We encourage our clients to reach out to us when they are first considering law school, so that we can help you strategize your admissions process, allocating time and resources efficiently to both LSAT preparation and admissions coaching. However, we are happy to help you at any stage of the process.

While each law school has its own “index formula” (that is, how it weighs GPA and LSAT), this number is by no means the only thing that matters - even with a good score, you’re far from finished!  Admissions committees want to understand how law school fits into your story - and what your story will bring to their programs. Your ability to tell them who you are, and what you want to be, is essential.  Even if you are not yet sure exactly what sort of law you want to practice, communicating the importance of law school in achieving your goals is more important than ever.  That’s why it’s crucial to work with a company whose tutors can not only help you master the LSAT, but also guide you through the crafting of a polished, well-written, and impactful application.

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