These questions are usually open-ended questions that have a different angle to them and are less common than the questions above on an application form. These questions ask for more information about your personality and it may prove difficult to find the balance in answering them.

The following questions are all on one or more application forms:

  • Tell us why should we employ you?
  • What’s your biggest regret?
  • Tell us about your weaknesses.
  • Please outline your interests, hobbies and travel experiences. (Berwin Leighton Paisner)
  • What has been your most significant achievement to date, and why?
  • Aside from work and study, what motivates you and why? (Burges Salmon)

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s advice blog to candidates gives the following advice:

  • Be honest about what your weaknesses are.
  • Be original – “I’m a perfectionist” is an answer that everyone gives, you want to show that you are different.
  • Be balanced – List a weakness, and say what you are doing to correct it. Think about why you chose the path you took, why you regret it, and what you have learnt from the experience.
  • Do your research before you start to answer the question.

Law firm recruitment is about ensuring the right personalities get the job. In these questions, law firms are looking for more information about your personality. They want to know about you. But there is also a deeper side to questions that probe your interests, hobbies and activities. If you can balance a life between carrying out other activities and getting good results in your degree, you can show evidence of being organised and can handle stress, both of which are core skills for lawyers.

These questions are about selling yourself. Freshfields advise that you provide evidence wherever you can for your achievements. So if you trained up for and ran a marathon, name the marathon (but giving your time is too much information). If space is short, the evidence is enough without giving any more detail about how it taught you discipline and sticking power, and whatever else.

Table of Contents

  1. Training Contract and Vacation Scheme Application Tips
  2. Before You Start Your Law Firm Vacation Scheme or Training Contract Application Form
  3. Common Law Questions on Your Law Firm Application Form
  4. How to Answer Questions About Yourself
  5. Answering Competency Questions
  6. Commercial Law Questions and Answers
  7. Filling in Your Work Experience
  8. Word Count Limits
  9. How to Write a Law Cover Letter
  10. At the End of Your Law Firm Application Form
  11. Download the Complete Guide to Vacation Schemes & Training Contracts Applications