Legal Assistant

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

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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