Paralegal Interview Questions

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When preparing for an interview for a paralegal position, anticipate questions to be directed towards your organizational, research, writing, decision-making and analytical skills. In addition, equip yourself with examples of your experience handling confidential and sensitive information, time management techniques, and work ethic.   

Below is a list of commonly asked interview questions for paralegals.

Take the time to prepare answers for each question so you can provide clear and concise responses.

Paralegal Interview Questions

What experience do you have in the paralegal field? 

Why do you want to be a paralegal? 

Are you planning to apply to law school?

Tell me about a time you had to organize and analyze a large volume of data in order to prepare a report by a tight deadline.

How do you ensure the accuracy of your work?

Tell me about your experience dealing with confidential and sensitive information.

Describe your ideal work environment.

Why do you want to specialize in this area of law?

Tell me about a difficult boss you had. How did you deal with him/her?

How do you organize your workload in order to manage multiple tasks and tight deadlines?

Provide an example of a complex legal issue that you had to analyze and solve. How did you conduct your research?

How has your education prepared you to work as a paralegal?

What is the most stressful job you've ever held?

What areas of law are you most interested in?

How comfortable are you working for the defense of suspected criminals?

Do you prefer working on your own or as part of a team?

Tell me about a conflict you had with a coworker. How did you handle the situation?

What would you have done differently?

What methods do you use to organize and review legal documents?

What do you do to ensure accuracy in your daily work?

What are your plans for the future? 

General Job Interview Questions
In addition to job specific interview questions, you will also be asked more general questions about your employment history, education, strengths, weaknesses, achievements, goals and plans. Here's a list of the most common interview questions and examples of answers.

Paralegal / Legal Assistant Skills

Review a list of skills that you may be asked about during an interview for a paralegal job. These skills can also be incorporated into your resume and cover letters.

A - G

  • Agreements
  • Analysis
  • Attention to Detail
  • Body Language
  • Briefing
  • Case Status Reports
  • Categorizing
  • Citing Legal Authority
  • Client Relations
  • Communication
  • Computer
  • Contacting Experts
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Documents
  • Corporate Resolutions
  • Correspondences
  • Creating Legal Memorandums
  • Criminal Study
  • Discovery Documents
  • Documents
  • Documenting Pleadings
  • Documenting Resolutions
  • eFiling
  • Flexibility

H - M

  • Indexing
  • Internet Research
  • Interpersonal
  • Interviewing Clients
  • Investigation
  • Legal Documents
  • Legal Knowledge
  • Legal Memoranda
  • Legal Research Databases
  • Legal Research Software
  • Lexis
  • Litigation Documents
  • Litigation Support
  • Managing Case-Related Data
  • Mastery of Legal Research Methods
  • Meetings with Supervising Attorney
  • MS Office
  • Multi-tasking

N - S

  • Nexis
  • Oral Communication
  • Orders
  • Organization
  • Prepare Affidavits
  • Presentation
  • Pro Bono
  • Processing
  • Recording Evidence
  • Recording Documents
  • Research
  • Reporting
  • Scheduling Court Reporters
  • Software
  • Sorting
  • Spreadsheets

T - Z

  • Taking Witness Statements
  • Teamwork
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Time Management
  • Tracking Down Medical Records
  • Transactional Context
  • Transactions
  • WestLaw
  • Witness Interviews
  • Write Ups
  • Writing

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