Most law schools do not offer interviews as part of the application process, but for those that do, an interview can be the difference between acceptance and rejection. Northwestern, for example, considers interviews one of their prime assessment tools in evaluating prospective students. Other schools may only offer interviews to select individuals. If you are interested in learning more about schools that offer interviews, check out our Compass page linked below.
If a school offers an interview program as a part of the application process, participation is strongly encouraged. When preparing for an interview, treat it as if you were interviewing for a job. Practice as much as possible for your interview by using the resources on campus, on the internet and in your personal network. Before you begin practicing, research your prospective school and learn to become comfortable answering questions about yourself, the school and why you see yourself there.
For similar experiences at schools that do not offer an interview program, applicants may be interested in campus visits. Campus visits will not be considered in the application process, but they still provide valuable insight into the schools and what they look for in their students. Speaking with current students, sitting in on a class and meeting some of the faculty will aid prospective students as they narrow their choices.
If any applicants are interested in practicing interviewing, please contact Career Services to conduct a mock interview. The experience presents a wonderful opportunity to eliminate nervousness, while receiving valuable feedback.
To access a spreadsheet containing law school interview information, please visit our Compass page.