Top 10 Legal Assistant Interview Questions, selected from 30 questions by our visitors.
Top 10 Legal Assistant Interview Questions, selected from 30 questions by our visitors.
1. What is your greatest strength? Greatest weakness?
My greatest strength would have to be my organisation skills and my ability to multi task while under pressure. Greatest weakness would be saying no to people to ask for assistance while I already have numerous tasks to undertake. I have learnt, while working at my work, to say no due to the already great number of tasks I have to accomplish.
My strength is that im a hard worker and take pride in my work. I'm a perfectionist and deadline driven. My weakness is that I cant delegate.
My greatest weakness is not being able to say "No" to co-workers, but in turn that has given me great time management skills.
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Describe a situation in which you worked as part of a team. What role did you take on? What went well and what didn't?
2. What qualities do you feel are most important for a successful legal assistant?
Organization, communication, efficiency and dedication.
Confident, work priopritise.
Ability to answer to every question asked about the research done.
Effective writing, attention to detail, reliability.
Organization and ready at all times to face challenges.
3. Which areas of law are you most interested in?
4. Do you enjoy working as part of a team?
I believe that the linchpin for every great and successful company is the ability to work as a team.
I do. I think working as part of a team, when every party involved is also actively involved can make things a lot more efficient and be a great learning experience in the sense that you can reinforce things you're really good at by helping others out or simply learn by watching others do.
I am comfortable working with team or individual,
I enjoy working on a team, and helping my co workers arrive at solutions.
I do enjoy working as a team, but I am capable of working independantly too.
5. How do you check your work for accuracy?
By how succesful my end result was and learning from my mistakes.
I will review it, and if needed I will have another person review it as well.
By looking it over and over and over, as well have another person take a look at it for a second set of opinions.
I use the tools provided in the system and I also make sure I am working to the proper process and review work as I go to limit errors. I ask questions and if need ask for a second set of approved eyes to verify accuracy.
I will always double check to make sure if has the correct and accurate information.
6. Why are you the best candidate for us?
I am a best candidate because I am a hard worker, a team player, a good communicator and always willing to learn.
Because I have demonstrated all of the skills required for the position and am certain I would be make a significant contribution to the team.
I feel that I met all the requirements. I am a very loyal and dedicated employee.
I have a strong desire to start my career in the legal field. I am very eager to learn and broaden my work experience and skills. I have worked in restaurants for the last several years which has given me great customer service skills and I am a very hard worker and extremely organized.
I am currently an Executive Secretary and acting Audit and Finance Secretary which offers confidentiality, experience and well established relationships with Administration and the Govering Board members.
7. How has your college degree prepared you to work in this firm?
With a diploma in business management, I am very well prepared for this position. I believe that I am very well prepared to be a part of this commercial law firm based on my background in business management, not to mention my law degree.
Yes my college degree has given me the knowledge to work in the legal field and with clients that are in need of legal services.
It has help me gain useful tools and information that will put me ahead in this position.
My college degree has prepared me to be organized, given me the skills to be a good communicator and researcher.
It has prepared me by providing me with the knowledge and tools to work in a legal field.
8. How can you contribute to our firm?
I can bring a positive additude to this firm along with my 10 years of experience in the legal field.
By being totally dedicated, effectively and efficiently multi tasking and working with team members to achieve common company goals.
My passion for immigration and those involved, in addition to complete understanding to the critical nature of every detail involved in immigration.
Not only am I a very hard worker but I am a people person and believe that I make a positive difference in the lives of others easily and with pleasure. I am an optimist and truly try to find the good in any situation.
I can contribute to your firm by offering communication, organizational, and research skills. I will work steady and timely and always keep a positive attitude to help motivate everyone I work with.
9. What are the most important qualities of a successful legal assistant?
Focus,research and speed.
Being focused, being a constant worker, efficiency and speed.
The qualities are tofocus, research and spped with the implementation to improve effectiveness of the work.
Organization, loyal, strong work ethic, team oriented.
I can bring my positive, can-do attitude and 15 years of experience to the position.
10. What are your long and short range career goals and objectives?
My short term goal is to get a job as a legal assistant and the long term objective is to become a paralegal.
To become sucessful in legal career.
My short term career goal is to obtain a position with a good firm and long term is to keep working for the same firm, and learning every aspect and assisting the lawyers without needing to be assisted myself.
My long career goals is to complete my LLB Degree to became an Attorney. My short goals is to work for Corporate Legal Company so i may gain experince when i complete my LAw Degree.
I would like to eventually become an IP paralegal.
11. What two or three things are most important to you in a job?
Having a positive environment, a place where there is room for learning, and is team oriented.
Professional growth, job security, sense of belonging.
Stability, challenging tasks, teamwork.
Job security, positive job environment, professional growth.
Number one is definitely the atmosphere, I believe its important for the work environment to be positive and influential. Another is room for growth.
12. How would you describe yourself?
Positive, focused, energized, team player, goal orientated.
A passionate person who brings a good attitude, hard work ethic, and follows through on assignments.
I am a very compassionate person. I would do absolutely anything for the people closest to me. My family is the most important thing to me. I believe I make a positive difference in the lives of others by being positive and happy. I am a very organized person; maybe too organized sometimes.
I would describe myself as an organized and stable person. I work hard at everything I put my mind to and I never leave anything unfinished. I have a great mentality about my career and I will do whatever it takes to reach my goals. I am very caring and I am able to work through any issues that may arise in the office. If I make a mistake I will always own it and fix it.
A hard and honest hard working individual, who likes to make sure that her work is professional and pleasing.
13. What legal courses did you like the best? Least?
what course did you like best and least?
I have enjoyed all my criminal justice courses very much. The ones I least enjoy are the public administration classes.
During my Fall 2014 semester I took two legal courses: law and society and courts, law, and politics. Both were extremely educational and granted me the opportunity to think analytically.
Company law, family law, equity and trust law and contract law.
Human rights and globalization.
14. What have you learned from the other attorneys/paralegals you've spoken with today?
I have learned a little about what it will take to be a part of this team. I have also learned how they work and what they would expect from me.
I have learned that this is a great firm to work for based on their enthusiasm for their job.
Dedication and passion doesn't make legal life easy. But determination does.
I have learned the culture of the law and learned to do research about law.
They seem to be part of a team.
15. What goals, other than those related to your legal career, have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?
In the next ten years I would like to have my student loans paid off and begin buying real estate. I want to be comfortable and be able to have college funds for my children. My oldest will be graduating in around ten years and I would like for him to be financially supported while he begins his journey.
I have a goal of seeing both of my children successfully go off to college.
Achieved good experience in HR
Married, own property and completed my 2nd degree.
I need to become a person who society should be proud of.
16. Are your grades a good indication of your academic achievement?
I feel my grades whether bad or good demonstrate the determination I have to reach a goal no matter the situation I am at.
Yes. I was very determined to make good grades in school. I worked hard and met that goal.
I have made mistakes before but I have worked hard to improve and learned from experience.
17. Can you give me an example of a situation where you demonstrated an eye for detail?
In current job the advert placed online had grammatical issues, once checked informed the concerned department to rectify and follow up until sorted.
In a case law, where the details are all over the place without proper timeline shown.
18. Why did you leave your last position?
I wanted to expand myself and face new challenges.
Its a routine work where not much development and exploring was done.
19. What type of work environment would allow you do to your best work?
I enjoy working autonomously and I look forward to receiving constructive feedback or pointers from my supervisor.
Any kind of work environment.
My ideal work environment is one that is adaptive. When necessary its easily handles fast paced work.
I do well in all types of environment.
20. What are the main components of a case file and what steps are carried out to file a case?
A case file contains an initial complaint detailing the people involved in the case and notes about the case.
Case filing involves may steps, it involves case summarizing, collection and organization of material, law research, scheduling witnesses, and team case review reports.
Details of the clients and litigations.
Discovery is the main component. First confirm there is no conflict to represent a client. Then get all the facts and discovery produced. Figure out what jurisdiction it should filed in.
21. How familiar are you with the law we practice at our firm, or the law I specialize in?
I am very familiar with commercial litigation.
22. What area of the law interests you?
23. Tell us about a time you had to handle a difficult client.
The client required certain documents at a short period of time and I used my great verbal communications skills to tell them the time and great attention to detail the document needed in order to be completed efficiently.
In various scenarios the client was under pressure, had made the client calm and understand the situation in detail by convincing them in related issues.
Difficult client varies from a situation to another. The tactic to deal with one of the difficult client require a deep understanding of his situation before proceeding with any required actions.
24. Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Legal Assistant?
To continuously improve myself both professional and ethical in the legal field and acquire the best training and mentor ship needed to work in a fast paced environment.
I enjoy helping people and learning new things. The Legal Assistant field offers the best opportunity for both.
Improve knowledge skills in legal.
A stepping stone into becoming a lawyer.
25. How do you manage your research work considering there is so much to look through?
Read up the most relevant ones.
26. How do you deal with sensitive or confidential information?
Ensure that those who have access to it doesn't leak out the information via any means.
27. Can you give me an example of a situation where you needed to deal with multiple priorities at once and how you deal with it?
I have to set deadlines and manage my time accordnigly.
Look through which needs extreme priority attention and get to work.
28. How has your education prepared you to work for us?
The mindset development that I gain during my education period.
29. What subject did you like the most at school? Why?
Leadership and management.
Maths. It has a set of formula, but you have many ways to answer the question.
30. What are you doing to better yourself as a Legal Assistant?
31. How do you handle stressful situations?
I strive to maintain a positive, calm, focused mind while I work on getting the problem solved.
Client interactions, attending board meetings and.
Peacefully and calm going.
By eating foods and listening to music.
32. Do you work well under pressure?
Yes, some of my best work has been done while under pressure.
Yes, I believe my ability to prioritize my work and stay organized help me to do that.
33. Do you understand the impact you, even as a legal assistant, will have on the lives of our clients?