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Common Law Questions on Your Law Firm Application Form [Part 3 of our Law Firm Application Guide]

Answering Common Questions on Your Law Firm Application Form - JobTestPrep's Blog

Many top law firm application forms ask what look like the same questions. However, each company you apply to is unique, and is looking for slightly different information. What fits for one firm may not fit for another.

Some of the common questions you can expect to see on an application form, and throughout the law firm recruitment process:
  • Why have you chosen the law?
  • Why have you chosen to apply to work with us?
  • Which other firms have you applied to work with, and why?
  • Tell us about any positions of authority or responsibility you have had.
  • Tell us about your most significant achievements.
  • Give three examples of work experience relevant to a career in law. (Eversheds)
  • Provide four examples of positions of responsibility you have held. (Eversheds)
Almost every application form you fill in will have a combination of these questions. The temptation will be to take the answers from one form and copy them straight into the next form. However, all recruiters will tell you that this is a real no no. They want evidence that you have researched the firm, and you need to have that show in your answers. Think about why you want to apply to this firm, and of any detail you can that will show why this firm is different. Research could include speaking to current trainees or staff at open days or law fairs, and including what you got from that in your application forms.

Some advice from recruiters:

Berwin Leighton Paisner advise that you think about what your achievements say about you. Do they show you to be adventurous, or to take on new challenges?

Use examples from your studies, work experience, or your past to illustrate your answers. Back up your answers to explain why you are good at something, don’t just say that you are good at something.

Try to include the specific criteria they are looking for in your answers. Use your own examples to show how you fit those criteria. Freshfields remind you to use your own words. Anyone can use a cliché.

~ JobTestPrep Team ~