Legal Assistant Interview Questions

Legal assistants are pros at balancing admin and legal tasks like coordinating files, conducting research and drafting legal documents.

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Legal Assistant interview questions

Your next team player has awesome office admin abilities, great communication skills and a honed attention to detail. They have in-depth knowledge of legal office procedures, terminology and protocols and a solid knowledge of research methods, the court system and management software.

Top tips: 

  • Look for experience over qualifications: A degree in law isn’t necessary, vocational legal studies training or a couple years’ experience works too.
  • Grow together: Hire candidates you can grow with by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Problem solving interview questions

  • How would you prioritize tasks from multiple lawyers?
  • How would you conduct research for a case? How would you prepare and what methodology would you follow?

Role-specific interview questions

  • How fast can you type?
  • What is your billing experience?
  • What’s your favorite organizational software?
  • How would you rate your phone skills?
  • Do you have case management software experience (ie. HoudiniESQ)?
  • How would you rate your minute-taking skills?
  • What’s your experience drafting depositions/summonses/subpoenas etc?
  • Do you know what a demurrer is?
  • How would you prepare a case file?
  • What legal field are you most interested in?
  • What motivates you to excel at work?
  • How do you cope in stressful situations?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Have you ever implemented a new system to improve office efficiency?
  • Describe a time you’ve worked in a team to finish a project on a tight deadline?
  • How would you protect confidential info? 
  • Have you ever dealt with a demanding client?
  • Describe a time you had to communicate with a client or legal representative on behalf of your senior.
  • Have you ever explained a complicated legal concept or procedure to a client?
  • Has your awesome attention to detail ever prevented a serious mistake?

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