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4 minutes ago, Justforlaw said:

Does anyone know if call times vary depending on location? I didn't apply for the southwest region so am not sure

The website says that each region conducts their interviews on different dates, so the other regions could be calling at other times, depending on what that date is. I'm not sure though! 

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18 minutes ago, whatlikeitshard said:

Side note: does anyone know who is hiring through panel this year? I’m kinda confused by the email if I got panel or what! 

My email says it's a Committee of Wagner CJ, Kasirer J, a court staff, and a court lawyer who are interviewing applicants on behalf of 6 judges (Wagner CJ; Moldaver, Karakatsanis, Martin, and Kasirer JJ; and Abella J’s successor).

Presumably those interviewing with the Committee are interviewing for all 6 judges? Someone who interviewed with a panel last year said that should be right, but I'm not sure. Honestly just happy to be here either way, haha.

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Just now, cpsklrz said:

My email says it's a Committee of Wagner CJ, Kasirer J, a court staff, and a court lawyer who are interviewing applicants on behalf of 6 judges (Wagner CJ; Moldaver, Karakatsanis, Martin, and Kasirer JJ; and Abella J’s successor).

Presumably those interviewing with the Committee are interviewing for all 6 judges? Someone who interviewed with a panel last year said that should be right, but I'm not sure. Honestly just happy to be here either way, haha.

Yes me too, but my interviewers are not on the panel-- so i think that means i did not get a panel interview? 

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12 minutes ago, whatlikeitshard said:

Yes me too, but my interviewers are not on the panel-- so i think that means i did not get a panel interview? 

My friend is interviewing with all 9 judges across 3 interviews: Committee (6 judges), Côté and Brown, and Rowe. So I guess your interview falls into one of those three categories? Hope that helps!

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1 hour ago, whatlikeitshard said:

Yes me too, but my interviewers are not on the panel-- so i think that means i did not get a panel interview? 

My interview slot says "Committee" under the "interview with" column, so I would assume if yours says Brown & Cote or Rowe you're interviewing with them and not the committee. Frankly I'm not sure which one's scarier

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57 minutes ago, SadJaysFan said:

My interview slot says "Committee" under the "interview with" column, so I would assume if yours says Brown & Cote or Rowe you're interviewing with them and not the committee. Frankly I'm not sure which one's scarier

Congrats!!! And me neither LOL. I’m sure committee gives you better odds! 

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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 :P

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For SCC writing samples, does anyone know what line spacing they need to be (single, 1.5 or double)? Goodluck to all!

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21 hours ago, poshspice said:

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 :P

I have an ethernet cord but nowhere to connect it with my Macbook Air, so I bought an ethernet connector on Amazon (it connects through USB). I don't think we need to use it, but it maintains connection in case the wifi drops, which is key to a smooth interview.

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2 hours ago, hello321 said:

For SCC writing samples, does anyone know what line spacing they need to be (single, 1.5 or double)? Goodluck to all!

Great question -- if anyone asks, please share! I intend to use 1.5 as a happy medium. That's what I used for ONCA last year and no one had any issues. If they cared that much about the spacing, surely they'd tell us.

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On 2/11/2021 at 8:42 PM, cpsklrz said:

Great question -- if anyone asks, please share! I intend to use 1.5 as a happy medium. That's what I used for ONCA last year and no one had any issues. If they cared that much about the spacing, surely they'd tell us.

Does anyone think there is a benefit of submitting two writing samples as opposed to one? And if submitting two, should the individual page count be lower (e.g., 5ish pages per sample if submitting two, vs 10 pages if submitting one)?

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5 hours ago, SeniorLopez247 said:

Does anyone think there is a benefit of submitting two writing samples as opposed to one? And if submitting two, should the individual page count be lower (e.g., 5ish pages per sample if submitting two, vs 10 pages if submitting one)?

I get that this is for SCC but I might suggest using the logic from the FC/FCA applications which was this: there is no benefit to submitting two writing samples unless one is in English and one is in French 

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9 hours ago, SeniorLopez247 said:

Does anyone think there is a benefit of submitting two writing samples as opposed to one? And if submitting two, should the individual page count be lower (e.g., 5ish pages per sample if submitting two, vs 10 pages if submitting one)?

I'm submitting two in the event that they don't care for one of them. More samples = more likelihood of fruitful discussion, perhaps, but who knows really!

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On 2/6/2021 at 2:11 PM, Catlover said:

Hello everyone! Just wondering if anyone is able to give any general insight and/or tips for preparing for BCSC/BCCOA clerkship interviews? 

Thank you! :D 

I don’t know the recruiting timeline this year, but ’m probably too late in answering this to give any advice for the first interview, my apologies. Without knowing the questions (and I don't think people should disclose them) there’s not much you can do specifically to prepare for it, so I'm sure any advice I have wouldn't have been useful.

Assuming you’ve moved on to the second interview, I found the BCCA interview to be essentially the same as the interviews with other appellate courts/the SCC. I imagine the BCSC interviews are similar, but I never interviewed at a trial court. My quick thoughts: 

  1. You can expect at least one substantive question about the law, but I don’t think it’s set. Keep in mind that judges, and appellate judges in particular, read a lot of cases from other courts. I know Ontario folks interviewing at the BCCA who were asked about an ONCA case they agree or disagree with. I've also heard about people from all provinces being asked about a BCCA case, or an SCC case.
  2. You might even be asked about a specific, high profile case, particularly if something in your resume suggests you should probably know about a case. For example, Uber v Heller and CM Callow v Zollinger might be fair game if you have a corporate background, Ontario v G might be fair game if you have a constitutional background. Big cases like Vavilov will obviously be fair game for all applicants.
  3. Because everything is fair game, I can’t emphasize how much you should probably be reading Supreme Advocacy’s weekly newsletter and their recent year in review. 
  4. If you mooted, you should be prepared to speak about the case you mooted. Moot cases are often the leading or most interesting cases at either the SCC or an appellate court (possibly the court you’re interviewing with), so it’s a good bet that the judges will have read the cases and have opinions. It’s possible they’ll even have participated in the decision. 
  5. Moving past substantive questions, you should obviously be prepared to speak about anything on your resume. This is more just standard interview advice, but should be repeated. Have interesting stories about everything on your resume. Everything on your resume should be a jumping off point to at least some further discussion. 
  6. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through, for two reasons.
    1. First, you’re asking the judges to hire you and work exclusively with you for a year of their lives. They don’t want to be stuck with a piece of wet cardboard, and if you come across as a piece of wet cardboard they’re not going to hire you.
    2. Second, and this might be a tough perspective to have at this point (considering how important clerkships feel), you probably don’t want to spend a year of your life working somewhere you just don’t vibe with.
  7. With that said, obviously mind your Ps and Qs. You may be on a first name basis with your judges when you’re clerking, but your interview likely isn’t the best time to try calling Moldaver CJ “Mike”. 

Overall, I found appellate clerkship interviews to be half-way between government interviews—which are quite structured, substantive and behavioural—and big law interviews, which are more about fit. 

If you have any other questions about appellate/SCC interviews feel free to ask (preferably here instead of via DM, so others can benefit).

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