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Law School Interview Questions: How to Prepare

August 25, 2023
9 min read


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Former Head of Pre-Law Office, Northeastern University, & Admissions Officer, Brown University

Reviewed: 08/03/23

Your law school interview is just around the corner; how will you prepare? Here are some common law school interview questions to familiarize yourself with before your interview.

The law school admissions process will throw many curve balls at you as an applicant, although none are quite as confusing as the law school interview. How do you prepare for a conversation? Should you act naturally or memorize lines? If you’re asking yourself these questions, you wouldn’t be the first!

While we can’t anticipate exactly what will happen in your interview, we can certainly help you get ready. Here we discuss common law school interview questions and break down how to go about answering them. 

Let’s get started!

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What Are Interviewers Looking for?

While preparing for a law school interview, you may wonder what law schools are actually looking for. Simply put, law schools are looking for talented, driven students with strong work ethics, engaging personalities, and a system of values that match their schools. 

All of that sounds wonderful, but how can you demonstrate these characteristics without stating them? Let’s break down a few key ways you can show your law school that you’ll make an excellent law student and future lawyer through your interview.

1. Be Yourself

Start by shaking off the nerves and trusting yourself. In order for anyone else to believe in you, you must first believe in yourself. YOU know you’re an excellent fit for this school; YOU know that you’ll work hard and that one day you’ll be a great lawyer. Walking into your interview self-assured and confident will help your interviewer have confidence in you. 

You can build confidence for your interview through daily affirmations, meditation, and even by typing up a personal statement on why you want to be a lawyer. Gain a firm grip on your personal values, what you bring to the table, and how you intend to achieve your goals.

2. Do Your Research

A law school interview is not a place to sit down and go over the entire history of your dream school. However, a few expertly placed research points can go a long way in terms of showing your passion and commitment. 

For example, you should know exactly what it is about the school that you are drawn to, be it internship opportunities, specific courses, or extracurriculars. Knowing a bit about the school's history may also be useful, especially if the school is prestigious or historically significant in some way. 

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3. Write Down Key Talking Points

Nothing is worse than walking out of an interview and realizing you completely forgot to mention key information about yourself. You shouldn’t try to write out all of your answers and memorize every line, but you should certainly write down the important things you want to mention and go over them a few times beforehand. 

4. Engage In Conversation

A good lawyer is a good speaker. You should absolutely engage in conversation with your interviewer; they’re human, after all! Don’t forget to ask your law school interviewer questions and listen intently to their words of wisdom.

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Common Law School Interview Questions

Although you might not want to memorize your answers word for word, it’s a great idea to get an idea of what questions you can expect in a law school interview. Below are some common interview questions for law school.

1. “Tell Me About Yourself”

Perhaps the most common interview question for law school and any other type of school, this open-ended question is often the hardest to answer. Interviewers ask this to learn more about you, your background, and your interests.

How to Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” in a Law School Interview

This response can easily get too long, so your first step to answering this question is keeping your timeline concise. Begin with a brief introduction (your name, where you’re from, what school you’ve just graduated from), and then dive straight into what you’re passionate about. 

Avoid spending too much time on irrelevant details, and loosen up! There’s no harm in smiling and even using a bit of humor here. This question is typically an ice-breaker, so let yourself answer comfortably and confidently. 


My name is Kevin, I’m from New York (which is why I’m a broadway nerd!) and I just completed my undergraduate degree in Political Science from NYU.

2. “Why Do You Want to Attend Law School?”

This question is intended to help your interviewer understand your motivations, your specific interests, and what makes you unique as a law school candidate and a future lawyer. 

How to Answer “Why Do You Want to Go to Law School?” in an Interview

Here you can express your passion for seeking justice. You can touch on your origin story, why it’s important to you to uphold the rule of law, and how you want to make a positive impact on society through the legal system. You can also use this opportunity to include some research you’ve done on the school.


When I was young, my father was injured in a severe workplace accident that left him without his right leg. It caused my family a lot of stress, and for him it meant relearning how to live his life. We settled with the company for only $10,000. I found out years later when a friend sued his employer that my father could have received much higher compensation for his terrible loss. Today, as an adult, I feel strongly about not only upholding the law but educating others on their rights. Knowing the law could have changed our lives back then and I hope to positively impact the lives of other families through my career.

3. “What Area of Law Are You Most Interested in, and Why?”

Similar to the previous question, this question assesses your passion for law while also seeking to learn more about your understanding of different legal fields and your career aspirations.

How to Answer “Which Law Specialty Are You Interested in?” in an Interview

When answering this question, you can elaborate on the origin story of your passion. Incorporate how you came to choose your chosen area of focus. Your answer should look toward the future as they’re not only asking you why you want to attend law school—but why you want to practice law in general. 


I’ve been passionate about entertainment law ever since I was young because my mother was in the entertainment business. As an actress, she was often left out of important conversations and taken advantage of. I’m excited to follow in her footsteps while also making the entertainment world safer for women in the field.

4. “How Do You Handle Disagreements with Others?”

Although this question is less common, it’s important to prepare for it as it can be quite the curve ball. This type of question can also come in the form of “describe how you handled a challenging situation” or “describe a time you demonstrated leadership skills.” In each instance, the school wants to learn how you come out on top of a stressful situation.

How to Answer “How Do You Handle Disagreements?” in a Law School Interview

First off, prepare a conflict scenario you can draw upon if this question comes up. Choose a memory in which you were presented with a conflicting point of view and found a way to take away something positive. More specifically, touch on what you learned from the experience and how you’ll apply that knowledge in the future. 


On my soccer team, I had one teammate who always missed practice, and myself and the team would express our frustration about it. When I became captain, I sat down with her and asked her if everything was alright. She explained to me that things had been rocky at home, and she appreciated my reaching out. After our talk, she began coming to practice every week - and she was a great player! Later that year we won our county tournament, and she had a renewed appreciation for the team. Looking back, I’m happy I reached out and I only wished I could’ve done it sooner. I certainly learned the power of simple communication and empathy!

5. “What Do You Hope to Contribute to our Law School Community?”

This question is similar to a “why this school” inquiry and allows room for you to demonstrate your research skills. This is particularly common in interviews for Ivy League schools.

How to Answer “How Will You Fit Into Our Community?” in a Law School Interview

Questions like this are why it’s crucial to do thorough research on your target schools. In your answer, identify shared values you have with the school and unique ways in which you can contribute to the school's programs. 


When my mother went to Harvard Law, she became the first female head of the Harvard Press. As a proud member of the lgbtq+ community, I hope to take similar strides for Harvard press and follow in her footsteps. I’m also excited to audition for the Harvard band as a Clarinet player of over 12 years!

6. “What Sets You Apart from Other Applicants?”

This question aims to uncover any final details you may not have disclosed and presents an opportunity for you to argue your case!

How to Answer “Why You Over Others?” in a Law School Interview

When answering this question, be careful not to brag. This is an opportunity to humbly present yourself as an excellent fit for your target school. Avoid listing points of your resume here and use this as an opportunity to align the school’s values with your own.


I’m not a legacy, I don’t come from money, I’m not secretly an acrobat or an opera singer. I’m just an average American kid from a trailer park outside Ohio with a strong passion for justice, and that’s exactly why I know I belong at Columbia. I represent so many other people who look like me and need a knowledgeable, legal voice to speak on their behalf who understands where they come from. I can only hope that I can earn a top law education from Columbia to serve my future clients as best as I can.

7. “How Do You Manage Your Time and Stay Organized During Stressful Periods?”

Law school can be demanding like no other program you’ve ever faced. So, the interviewer will likely ask about how you handle stress and manage your time.

How to Answer a Time Management Question in a Law School Interview

Be 100% honest. If you excel at time management, discuss your system and how you make time for mental health and personal time as well. If you struggle with time management, discuss how you’ve faced that challenge head-on.


I wasn’t always good with time management. In high school, I was often late to class due to staying up late and oversleeping. It wasn’t until my undergraduate degree that I realized how my poor time management was costing me valuable opportunities. I switched my sleep schedule in the first year, and never looked back. Of course, my friends laugh at me for going to bed early—but I’ve never felt better and I’m proud of myself for prioritizing my academics and sleep!

8. “Do You Have Any Questions For Us?”

Always be prepared to ask questions at the end of your interview. Consider asking about the law school, its programs, resources, or anything else you'd like to know. Some examples of questions you can ask include:

  • What do you like most about the school?
  • Program-specific questions
  • What’s your favorite campus activity?
  • I’m sure you’ve had a long day of interviews. How are you doing?

Remember, the key to a successful law school interview is to be genuine, prepared, and confident in expressing your motivations and aspirations in the legal field. Practice answering these questions beforehand, and be ready to engage in thoughtful discussions during the interview. 

Law School Interview Questions FAQ

Here are some answers to common questions about law school interviews.

1. Should I Ask Questions in a Law School Interview?

Yes, you should absolutely ask questions in your law school interview! Of course, the interviewer is there to learn about you, so most of your time should be spent answering questions. That said, a few well-researched questions can help you stand out and learn valuable information.

2. How Can I Prepare for an Interview for Law School?

The best way to prepare for a law school interview is by conducting mock interviews with a friend or admissions coach. You should also focus on building up your self-esteem and knowing your key talking points.

3. What do Law Schools Want to Hear in Interviews?

In your interview, law schools want to see you demonstrate your passion for law through the following: 

  • Confidence 
  • A strong personal narrative
  • School research
  • Listening and responding thoughtfully

Don’t forget to ask your interviewer questions and follow up with them after!

5. Should I Memorize Answers for a Law School Interview?

You should practice for your law school interviews, but you should avoid sticking to a script. While preparing for your interview, you should have a few key talking points in mind that you can naturally incorporate throughout the conversation. Memorization allows for too much room for error and not enough room for free-flowing interaction.

4. What Are the Most Common Law School Interview Questions?

Some of the most popular law school interview questions include:

  • “Tell me about yourself.”
  • “Why do you want to attend this school?”
  • “Why are you passionate about law?”
  • “Discuss a time you faced a challenge.”

For more information on law school admissions, check out our blog.

Answer the Questions, Unlock Your Future

Preparing for law school interviews is a critical step in the journey towards a rewarding career. By familiarizing yourself with sample law school interview questions and becoming confident in your answers, you’ll be able to naturally showcase your strengths, experiences, and genuine passion for pursuing law. 

Remember to be authentic in your answers, highlighting your unique qualities and motivations while demonstrating a clear understanding of the legal field and its impact on society. Additionally, researching the specific law schools you're applying to and tailoring your responses accordingly can further enhance your chances of success.

Good luck!

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