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  1. Practice, practice practice. Review the overall structure of your DTOC and indices so you can find things quick. Practice, practice, practice some more. I asked friends to share practice questions and exams, and also bought some online. I was so nervous the day of the barristers that my mind went blank and I relied on muscle memory (or something like it) - I literally don't remember the first half of that exam because of how nervous I was. Thought I failed, but passed on the first try. By the time I got to solicitors the following week, I had a better idea of what to expect so it was a *touch* less terrifying. At that point, I had studied so much that I was able to answer all of the PR questions without looking at my materials with complete confidence (I did not mean to memorize at all, but some of that naturally happens when you've reviewed the material so much), and again muscle memory helped with the best. Unfortunately, the tests are about finding things quickly - not about how smart you are or how strong your analytical skills are. If you practice and know where to find things on test day, that is a great place to be in Just my 2 c.
  2. I didn't go to either of these law schools and I don't know enough about them, so definitely ask around. I also don't know anything about you or what you want to do. But I would think about other factors as well here, while also remembering that there is help for students at most schools. I personally would invest in the school with a larger alumni network and solid reputation because it usually pays off down the line. For example, in law school, I was able to do a lot of networking with adjunct profs and also lawyers who were open to speaking to students from their alma mater. That made a world of difference when it came time for OCIs. But of course, that is just one narrow experience.
  3. I worked part-time during UG to save money. Fortunately, I lived at home back then so I was able to cut a lot of costs. Also, I was able to secure a LOC when I got into law school. At law school, I lived alone and offset living expenses by working as an RA during the year (it's a great part-time gig during the year, as professors are generally awesome to work for, usually emphasize that school comes first, and can provide references down the line). Each summer, I worked at a firm and that significantly helped pay bills. Through minimal spending (very seldom eating out or buying anything other than necessities), I've managed to come out debt free and without touching my LOC. But I was luckier than many because I chose to attend relatively cheap schools for both UG and law school, and I didn't have anyone depending on me financially.
  4. Thank you everyone for your responses, and I sincerely apologize for the delay in thanking you. I really appreciate these responses! It has been a rough couple of months and I continue to be very uncertain about what I want out of my legal career. Maybe government might be the way to go.
  5. Not sure, I did answer. Tbh I cannot remember. Wishing you best of luck!
  6. That's fair enough. Hopefully, it's just really drawn out... Though it's already been like 2 hours... :S
  7. Well, I don't know that SCC calls are done yet... I think that once those are done, then later today you might hear? I got my FCA call around 5 last year.
  8. You miss 100% of the chances you don't take. Cheesy but true. Nothing can really prepare you other than having a solid index and doing some practice (in my own humble opinion). If you can, I would review the index and organize your materials so you can flip through them easily, and then just give it a go. You could fail... but you could also pass - it's not an exam that tests preparation, but rather how quickly you can find info in the materials! A lot of it is luck. Looking back, I wish I had studied less (I absolutely tortured myself in the summer). But as others have stated, there are many (including financial) considerations. You need to do what is best for you. Can you speak with your CDO for advice?
  9. For SCC interviews, what do they mean about the wifi connection thing?! I have a MacBook Air so I don't think I can get a plug in or anything to support the connection :S What are other SCC interviewees doing? I'm scared and a clueless millennial when it comes to tech stuff
  10. In previous years, they've often gone out the second Wednesday in February. So, I think so
  11. Also just incapable of focusing lately, and so darned tired all the time. I'm discouraged and I feel like there's no end in sight. Took the weekend to rest up, which helped only marginally... Not really sure what it's going to take to *wake up* again and focus on all the %$*! I have to do!
  12. I'm curious to know what it's like working for government as a lawyer. What kind of position do you have (i.e., do you work for a Bureau, DoJ, etc)? How did you get your position, if not through a summer OCI job? Does anyone have experience with the government job pool post FC/FCA clerkship? What is your work-life balance like? What's the salary like? Is it advisable to grind out a couple of years in private practice and then decide? Lots of questions, I know... But I'm genuinely curious as someone who has only worked in private practice as a student. I don't enjoy the politics at big firms, and I find that it can be a bit toxic. While the work is interesting and the pay is great, I feel like life's just to short to do something that gives me immeasurable anxiety everyday. Something that I'm really thinking a lot about lately is work-life balance. I want to do litigation, and I want to know if a legal career in government allows for pursuing my career dreams while also living a more balanced life.
  13. I had FCA interviews in the first couple of weeks of February last year, and FC interviews throughout February and March. In terms of offers, I was fortunate to receive my FCA call on the first Friday in March and my FC call came about 30 minutes later. But I think that's just because the FC judge who gave me an offer did their hiring earlier in the process. Many FC judges consider applicants throughout the winter (and apparently some until spring)! So, I think that for FC, it's still very early.
  14. I asked my career office last year when I had applied. They told me that in previous years they interviewed ~80 out of 200 applications...
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