Interview Questions

2017

"Why law and why Orrick? I was also asked about my background and how it fits into the role of a trainee here."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked the standard competency questions as well as having a discussion of my written piece. Be prepared to justify your opinions and to go into detail in your answers."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked to talk about a commercial topic that was relevant at the time. I was also asked an ethics question on what my approach would be if I saw an obvious mistake benefitting my client. The interviewers also asked about my past experience as a litigation paralegal to ascertain whether that was all I was interested in."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about what it was that made Orrick stand out against the other firms I applied to and what it was that I liked about the firm. We discussed my answers to the written tasks, I was asked about my exam results and we discussed why some module results were higher than others. I was asked about my work experience and how it led me to choose a career in a City law firm and I was asked about a vacation scheme and what it was that I preferred about Orrick. My interview was in the summer so we also discussed the work I had been doing during the holidays."
"What skills do you think you need to become a commercial solicitor? Why Orrick? Why law? What business do you most admire and why? What makes you stand out?"
First year trainee, London

2016

"Why Orrick? What are your experiences of working in a team? Tell us about how your experiences to date have given you the skills required to be a trainee. Tell us your views on a tax avoidance issue in the news at the moment."
Second year trainee, London
"As well as the standard questions about reasons for applying etc, the interview panel took the time to figure out who I was as a person to establish whether I'd fit in at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Many questions were based on my application form. I was also asked to speak about something that had happened in the news that week, which triggered a discussion on my opinion on tax evasion."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally, the questions consisted of talking through my CV with some competency questions. There were also questions where I was asked to talk through commercial topics that were particularly interesting at the time."

2015

"I was asked: what is venture capitalism? What is the most challenging thing facing the legal profession at the moment? What will the most challenging thing about being a trainee be?"
Second year trainee, London
"There were a lot of questions about me and my application. The commercial questions were steered towards topics in the news that week. And then the usual - why Orrick, why work at a firm with a small trainee intake, etc."
First year trainee, London
"Questions included: Why Orrick? What skills do you think makes a good lawyer, and how have you demonstrated this?"
First year trainee, London
"What are the initial questions you would ask a client when being instructed for the first time on an M&A transaction? Why Orrick? Who else did you apply to? Why not a Magic Circle firm? What gets you out of bed in the morning? How do you think your previous employment might help you in your role as a trainee solicitor? What has interested you in the news this week and why? What are your thoughts on the recent corporate tax scandal?"
First year trainee, London
"In the first interview I was given a case study of a potential transaction and asked to suggest what needed to be done. The second included a series of questions surrounding interpretation of contractual provisions. Both of these exercises were then followed by a general discussion of my CV and the role of a trainee."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I was given an exercise on a legal issue and time to prepare before presenting my answers (they make allowances for people applying as non-lawyers). I was then asked general questions about my degree, work history, and ambitions as a lawyer and current events."
First year trainee, London
"There were written questions on drafting, for which answers were prepared immediately before the interview and then presented to the interviewers. There were then general commercial questions."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked several standard skills based questions, along with questions about the firm. We were also given clauses to look at and comment upon."
First year trainee, London
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