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Jobs in the legal profession provide employees with a stable income, competitive benefits, and career opportunities. Want to learn about what is involved in getting hired for a legal job? We can help you prepare for every aspect of the hiring process, from the initial application to assessment tests, to interviews.

What Is the Hiring Process in the Law and Legal Services Industry?

  1. Complete an application and submit your resume and cover letter. If you have contacts at the firm that you are applying to, ask them to refer you. Employers don't want to take a chance on a bad hire, and being referred removes some of the uncertainty from the hiring process. List any relevant professional qualifications in your resume, and be sure to mention how many years of experience you have in your cover letter. 
  2. Take pre-employment tests: Before being invited for an interview, many law firms ask candidates to complete tests as part of their pre-employment screening. They are looking for individuals that pay attention to detail and have good writing and computer skills. It is also important to be friendly and personable, as you will be working closely with attorneys and valued clients. To ensure that they are hiring the best candidates, many law firms use aptitude tests and personality tests. Aptitude tests evaluate your cognitive abilities, such as logical reasoning skills, verbal reasoning skills, and clerical skills. Personality tests classify candidates according to their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Although the use of personality tests in pre-employment screening is controversial, it is increasingly common, so you should learn about these tests in order to know how to answer questions appropriately.
  3. Record a video interview: Some law firms use video interviews to interview candidates before choosing who to invite for an in-person interview.
  4. Complete a short phone interview: The purpose of this interview is mainly to verify the information that you provided in your application and/or video interview. You will be asked about your resume, your skills, and your availability. You may be asked why you want to leave your current position and what you are looking for in a new job. 
  5. Complete an in-person interview: The in-person interview is a crucial part of the hiring process. First, your physical appearance is important—since you will be dealing with clients, you must appear professional and polished. Second, you will be evaluated for your ability to speak clearly and convey messages succinctly. Third, since you will be working closely with attorneys, you should have a good rapport with your interviewer as you may be working with them in the future.


Tips for Your Legal Interview

These are some of the top skills that interviewers are looking for in employees at law firms. Be sure to emphasize these in your resume and cover letter:
  • Writing skills
  • Oral communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organization
  • Multi-tasking
  • Teamwork

 

What Will I Be Asked in Interviews?

Below you can find some of the most common interview questions asked at interviews for law jobs.

  • Tell me about how you organize your time in order to deal with several tasks that must all be completed in a short while.
  • What relevant experience do you have?
  • Why do you want to work for this law firm in particular?
  • How do you research, analyze, and solve complex issues?
  • Tell me about a time that you had to resolve a conflict with a coworker.
  • Are you detail-oriented?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

Top Jobs at Law Firms

Besides lawyers, there are many other jobs at law firms:

  • Administrative assistant
  • Office clerk
  • Legal assistant
  • Case assistant
  • Project assistant

 

Law Firms and Legal Service Providers
Truck Underwriters Association Heller Ehrman White McLffe LLP Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
Orrick Hrrington Sutcliffe LLP Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Ro Haight Brown & Bonesteel
Cooley Godward LLP WMB Holdings Paul Hstngs Jnfsky Walker LLP
Kinyon Morrison & Foerster Thelen Reid & Priest LLP Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Greenberg Traurig LLP Crowell & Moring LLP Comey & Rigby
Thompson Coburn LLP Arent Fox Pllc Mcguirewoods
Ruth N Borenstein Morrison Faegre & Benson Baker & Botts LLP
Beninca Heinz-Jurgen Holland & Hart LLP Skadden Arps Slate Meagher
Jenkens & Gilchrist Thompson & Knight Winstead Seacrest & Minick
Fredericksen & Byron Andrews Kurth LLP Hunton & Williams LLP
Luce Frward Hmlton Scrpps LLP Strasburger & Price Honigman Miller Schwartz Cohn
Fredrikson & Byron Pa Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Swidler Berlin Shereff LLP
Troutman Sanders LLP Patton Boggs Fowler White Boggs Banker PA
Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Paul Hastings Janofsky Walker
Wiley Rein & Fielding Steptoe & Johnson LLP Switler Berlin Shereff Friedma
Reed Smith Crosby Heafey Bryan Cave LLP Fried Frank Harris Shriver
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP Mitchell Silberberg Knupp LLP Williams & Connolly LLP
Ruden Mc Closkey Smith Anders E Stenstedt Baker Botts LLP
Heller Ehrman White Mc Auliffe Mark W Pearson Morrison Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Bradley Arant Rose White LLP Carlton Fields Forman Perry Watkins Krutz
Stinson Morrison Hicker LLP Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard Smith Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin
Briggs & Morgan Gregory R Bishop Attorney Luce Forward Hamilton Scripps
Baron & Budd Oblon Spivak Mc Clelland Frederikson & Byron
Husch & Eppenberger Hughes & Luce LLP Morgan Colling & Gilbert
Staudenmaier Heidil Cracken & Harkey Co LLC Womble Carlyle Sandridge Rice
Dorsey & Whitney McGuirewoods LLP King & Spalding LLP
HW Kaufman Financial Group Snell & Wilmer LLP M&W Zander Us Operations
CSC United States Corp Company Bingham McCutchen LLP Lewis Brsbois Bsgard Smith LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & H Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold Irell & Manella L L P
Irell & Manella LLP Buchalter Nemer Fields Younger Fenwick & West LLP
Knobbe Mrtens Olson Bear LLP Townsend and Townsend and Crew Burr & Forman LLP
Holme Roberts & Owen LLP Sidley Austin Brown & Wood Arnall Golden Gregory
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Beirne Maynard & Parsons Levine Benjamin Tushman Bratt
Munger Tolles & Olson Winstow & Strawn Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley
Hogan & Hartson LLP Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Brown & Bain Pa
Fredrikson Healthcare Cnsltng Mccalla Raymer Padrick Cobb Perkins Coie LLP
Armstrong Teasdale Wiggin & Dana LLP A Law Partnership
Lerach Cghlin Stoia Rbbins LLP Kennedy Covington Richards Layton & Finger PA
Jeffer Mangels Butler Marmaro Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Bingham Mc Cutchen LLP
Collier Shannon Scott McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP Gray Plant Mooty Mooty Bennett
Goldstein & Fox Michell Silbeberg & Knupp Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver
Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft LLP Borton Petrini & Conron LLP Fennemore Craig PC
Quarles & Brady Streich Lang Barrett Burke Wilson & Castle Dewey Ballantine LLP
Heidi E Royal Attorney John M Herring Attorney Parsons Behle & Latimer
Richards Watson & Gershon RL&F Services Smith Grambrell Russell
Sughrue Mion LLC Craig L Rascoe Attorney Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Godwin Gruber CLA USA Linebarger Heard Blair Graham
Sirote & Permutt PC Andrews & Kurth LLP Bingham & Mc Cutchen
Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens Creditor Iustus Et Remedium Holland & Knight LLP
Kutak Rock Lewis & Roca LLP Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor
Paul Hastings Janofsky &Walker Polsinelli Shalton & Welte Rider Bennett
Varnum Riddering Schmidt Gardere & WYNNE Sewell Lindquist & Vennum
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss Allen Matkins Leck Gamble
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson Pa Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp Morris Schneider & Prior LLC
Rissman Weisberg Barrett Hurt Hector & Davis Helms Mulliss & Wicker Pllc
Shughart Thomson & Kilroy Cca San Diego Detention Center Balch & Bingham
Cummings & Lockwood Cushing Law Office Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller
Loeb & Loeb LLP Akerman Senterfitt & Eidson Pa Brown Mc Carroll
Adorno & Yoss Stradling Yocca Carlson & Raut Brayton Purcell
Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Becker & Poliakoff Pa Farella Braun & Martel
Knots Attorney Services Sands Anderson Marks & Miller Weil Gotshal & Manges
Winston & Strawn Boult Cummings Conners & Berry Jones Day Reavis & Pogue
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Young Conaway & Stargatt McDonough Holland & Allen
O'Melveny & Myers Greenberg Glusker Fields CL Merchant & Gould
Merchant & Gould Austin & Assoc Law Firm Burns Doane Swecker & Mathis
Cades Schutte Davis Graham & Stubbs Downey Brand Seymour & Rohwer
Downey Brand Seymour & Rohwer Cox Smith & Matthews Rutan & Tucker LLP
LLP Brayton Purcell Gardere Wynne Sewell & Riggs Foster Swift Collins & Smith
Morrison & Forester Seneker Morrison & Foerster Gordon & Rees LLP
Maloney & Mohsen Greensfelder Hemker & Gale Robins Kapaln Miller & Ciresi
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne Lewis Rice & Fingersh Other Law Firm
Reed Smith Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners  

 

 

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