Never studied law and unsure about how to prepare for a law interview?
Here is a helpful checklist of the steps you can take to feel prepared and relaxed for your law interview.
1. Read the news
You should be keeping up to date on all the major ongoing stories in the world such as Brexit and the situation in Syria. This is especially important on the morning of your interview, so you feel confident that you are up to date on everything. Don’t just read the news at face value; try to form opinions on what you read and think about how you would argue your position and what the counter-arguments are. A helpful trick is to read the same news story but from a range of sources to get different political views and so you can see how the presentation of an argument can change the angle of the story. This is why it important to also read opinion pieces and not just news stories. Also writing a paragraph summarising the story is a helpful preparation exercise.
2. Read a case
Whilst this might seem intimidating at first, it is helpful to get an idea of how a case is structured and how judges present their reasoning. A classic and very good introductory case to read is Donoghue v Stevenson. The best way to access cases you might read about in the news or in books, is to access them via BAILII. A simple internet search will provide you with instructions about how to navigate the database.
If possible, try to arrange a mock interview with a Law teacher in your school. Alternatively, you could try to arrange one with a History or Economics teacher and ask them to try focus the questions around current affairs. You can try to answer them from a more legal perspective. In my opinion, the legal side of a mock interview isn’t crucial, it is about being about to formulate reasoned responses and talk through your thoughts.
4. Read a piece of legislation
Similarly to reading a case, it can seem intimating at first to look at a piece of legislation, but in some law interviews they may present you with some legislation to interpret and apply. It is easy to find legislation online, simply search the legislation you want to find. An easy to understand and interesting statute is the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, look carefully at the language used and whether it takes an objective or subjective approach for example.
5. Read up on the issues mentioned in your personal statement
Firstly, make sure you re-read your personal statement! Whilst in an academic, rather than personal interview setting, your personal statement should not be mentioned as it is simply not worth the risk. Make sure that if you’ve mention any current issues or areas of law you are interested in that you are up to date on them and actually have some interesting points of discussion prepared. Also, if you mention any projects you have been involved in make sure you refresh yourself about what they involved.
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