Like any other ‘Statement of Purpose’ question, this question is intended to let the interviewer grasp the reason for your keenness to make a career in the legal world.
Firstly, you should keep in mind the main reasons why you have the drive to choose Law as a career. Secondly, you need to exhibit your understanding of the workings of the job description. Thirdly, you should be able to show your strengths and skill sets in such a way that it convinces the interviewer to consider you for the job. In other words, you have to be a bit manipulative to showcase your skills as key prerequisites for the job.
The following example explains this idea:
Interviewer: “Why do you want to become a lawyer?”
Interviewee A: “I have been studying Law for the last 3 years and believe I am suitable for the job.”
Interviewee B: “I have a natural inclination to stand for the rights of people. Perhaps that is why they chose me as the President of Students’ Union at the university. I have studied Law for 4 years; I have developed a keen interest in Intellectual Property and would love to explore the field in corporate law. I am also an articulate and assertive spokesperson. Having said that, I believe I have the right aptitude, skill set, and keenness to practice law and carve a career for myself.”
Clearly, the second interviewee has articulately showcased his skills in conjunction with the requirements of the job. Thus, he has better chances of getting hired.
Highpoint: A lawyer is expected to have strong convictions. Thus, whatever the question may be, you should try your best to be convincing and confident while you answer.
See also – Lawyer Job Interview.
Job Interviews for Law & Security Positions