Law School interviews often cause the most anxiety during the application process because it is difficult to know what to expect. Not every school requires interviews as part of the application process, and some applicants are admitted into law school without being interviewed at all. The good news is that if the school has invited you to the interview, it means it is interested. The school is trying to narrow down who it wants to admit because it has quite a few applicants of your caliber. You want to make sure you’re on your game during the interview and score in the “want” category.
Do Your Research
Matt Shinner of the website All Things LSAT recommends doing your research. “You need to convince them that they’re at the top of your list,” Shinner says. Find out what particular programs or clinics they offer and how that fits in with your interests. Research professors at the law school and their areas of expertise. Are there any famous alumni who you admire? That could also be a great indication to the interviewers that you've done your research. “You should know these things so that you can drop them casually into your answers,” says Shinner.
Know the Questions
Georgia Southern University’s Career Services Center provides a useful list of questions that you should be prepared to answer. Interviewers will probably ask you questions about your undergraduate education, particularly about why you chose your university and course of study. They may ask you why you want to go to law school or what your motivation for becoming a lawyer is. They will probably also ask you why you want to attend that particular law school. It’s an opportunity to showcase the research you did beforehand.
Ask Some Questions
Interviews shouldn’t be a one-way conversation in which the interviewer is the only one asking the questions. You should also be asking questions to evaluate whether the law school is a good fit for you. “Ask about the law school. Ask about student life. Ask about what the administration has done to help with the notorious competitive aspect of law school,” Shinner advises. Take this opportunity to get a feel for the school. As Shinner says, “You’re going to be stuck with them as long as they’re stuck with you.”
Be your best, genuine self throughout the interview. “It is possible to over-prepare and essentially recite responses to commonly asked questions during your interview," writes Shawn P. O’Connor in U.S. News and World Report.com. To avoid this, O’Connor suggests, “Think of [key aspects of yourself] more as bullet points than an essay. This will allow you to speak freely and authentically while sounding organized and coherent.”
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Dannelle F. Walker is an education lawyer and policy maker. Her areas of expertise include teacher liability, educator ethics, and school operations. She holds a JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law.