University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Legal Career Toolkit – Sample Interview Questions

Interviewer's Questions

For each question, think of an answer that highlights your skills and talents. Practice saying your answer out loud. Be sure you're ready for any question an employer may ask during an interview.

  1. What do think of the University of New Hampshire School of Law? Tell me about UNH School of Law.
  2. What do you see yourself doing in five years? Ten years?
  3. Why are you interested in my organization?
  4. What recreation do you enjoy? What do you do in your free time?
  5. Tell me why I should hire you rather than another candidate.
  6. Tell me about your academic performance.
  7. What questions do you have for me?
  8. How and when did you decide on law as a career?
  9. Why did you decide to go to law school?
  10. Why did you decide to attend UNH School of Law?
  11. Do you enjoy your classes? Which ones do you enjoy the most/least?
  12. Tell me about yourself. What should I know about you?
  13. What, in your view, is the most significant item on your resume?
  14. What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
  15. If I were to talk to your colleagues, for what would they praise you and for what would they criticize you?
  16. What areas of the law interest you the most?
  17. What are your salary expectations?
  18. What would you do if a client didn't want to work with you?
  19. What gives you satisfaction in a job?
  20. Have you read our firm resume? What impressed you about it?
  21. What part of our practice is of special interest to you?
  22. Do you have any questions about our organization?
  23. What ties do you have to this area? Why do you want to relocate here?
  24. What was your best/worst subject in college?
  25. What personal qualities will make you a good member of our staff?
  26. What are your major accomplishments? Failures? Disappointments?
  27. What did you enjoy about your last job? What did you dislike about it?
  28. What do you foresee as the future of the legal profession?
  29. How competitive are you? Are you aggressive?
  30. With whom have you talked about our organization? What did you learn?
  31. How many hours a week are you prepared to work?
  32. We're looking for someone willing to make a commitment both to us and this area. Can you make that type of commitment?
  33. If we made an offer, how soon would you be able to give us an answer?
  34. What have you learned from the attorneys you have spoken with today?

Applicant's Questions

  1. Where do you see your organization going in the next five years?
  2. How does the organization choose the work assigned a new attorney?
  3. What are the ideal characteristics of a new attorney/summer clerk?
  4. Tell me about the summer clerk program.
  5. How are the summer clerks evaluated during the course of the summer?
  6. How is a new attorney evaluated?
  7. What percentage of summer associates are offered permanent positions?
  8. Does the organization require attorneys to specialize? Who decides this?
  9. Are the backgrounds of the attorneys in the organization similar?
  10. Is there a formal training program for new attorneys? What is it?
  11. How did the organization start? How has it evolved?
  12. Has the organization grown or remained a stable size?
  13. What type of work will I be doing at the start?
  14. Do the summer law clerks work with partners or associates?
  15. How many attorneys has the organization hired in the last few years?
  16. How does an attorney become eligible for partnership?
  17. What is your specialty?
  18. What do you enjoy most about your job?
  19. Are the organization members active in community organizations?
  20. What makes this organization unique?
  21. What areas of growth or expansion do you see for your organization?
  22. What is the history of the organization?
  23. How soon does a new attorney have direct client contact?
  24. Could you tell me more about the office's areas of specialization?
  25. On what kinds of cases or issues are you currently working?
  26. How do you enjoy your work overall?
  27. Could you tell me a little about how you came to work here?
  28. What do you consider to be the greatest drawback of your job?
  29. What kind of person is your office looking for in this position?
  30. How much direction/autonomy is there in this position?
  31. What kind of turnover has there been among staff attorneys?
  32. What are your greatest challenges for the coming year?
  33. What is the office's history of hiring summer interns into full-time positions?
  34. What are your expectations for the person hired into this position?
  35. What have people who worked here gone on to do?
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