Here are the kinds of questions you can expect to hear at your criminal law training contract interview, how best to answer them, and how to impress the interviewer with readily prepared questions of your own.
The type of cases you think you will be handling (try not to focus on a series of Luther to determine this!)
Where you feel you can make a difference
If you have previous experience of studying criminal law at university, be sure to highlight what you loved about it as a specific area of law. It’s also a good idea to include how case law and legislation relating to key criminal law areas sparked your interest in the legal field.
2. What interests you about a criminal law training contract?
Is there a particular injustice you’ve read about that ignited your interest in a criminal law training contract? Did you read legislation or a specific case and wonder why the decision was made? Have you been to lectures or exhibitions on the history, or the future of criminal law?
It is important to emphasise how you engage with the legal sphere, and particularly, criminal law, as part of your academic education and personal interests. This will show why it is you want to work for a criminal law firm.
4. What do you see as the main challenges facing criminal lawyers today?
By showing you awareness of the issues faced by criminal lawyers and firms, you’ll show your understanding of the complicated industry and job role that you are applying for.
It demonstrates your tenacity, ambition and commitment to becoming a criminal lawyer. The interviewer will get a clear indication of your willingness to face and overcome obstacles you’re likely to face in the criminal sphere.
5. What is a recent legal story that you’ve been keeping up to date with, and how has it progressed?
Here, the interviewer is looking for your interest and awareness in how case law and legislation impacts the real world. It is a valuable way to see how you can bring the law to life by taking theoretical concepts and translate these into how they impact people in society.
Demonstrating your commercial awareness of what is happening in the media and the English legal system indicates your understanding of the environment, why this is important to the firm and how it may impact clients.
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