31 July, 2009


**Boo Hoo**

30 July, 2009


Please tell me the waiting is crippling everyone else?

I seem to have spent every moment that I've been within 5 metres of the internet flicking between the Portal (of Doom), thestudentroom, other 'snitch seekers' blogs and my email.

Thoroughly unproductive.

On another note, does anyone know whether there has been a 'freeze' on the portal (so that even if it were updated, no information would come through to the candidate until 31 July - like UCAS at results day) or whether it is 'live' but chambers are under threat of death should they update.

Basically, the question comes down to the time that it is acceptable to ring chambers in a quiet room to burst into tears over the phone at them. I'm guessing 8:30 am might be a little early, but if I didn't hear one way another by the end of the day, by the end of the weekend I might well just be a little bundle of nerves with a sign above my head reading 'here lyeth the remains of a failed barrister'.


19 July, 2009

Interview progress

Well, this year have had 3 first round interviews.

One of which I fluffed and they promptly (and rightly) told me I wasn't through to the second round a couple of days later.

On the other two, however, the panel appeared to have suffered from a collective delusion and have invited me back for second interviews.

One of these, I have already done (hence the previous question on written exercises - in the end, it was a 45 minute legal essay on any subject of my choice - I chose my 'rant' on parental leave). The other, I have just been told of today. It's a full day interview over the next week. Should have asked what to expect but was, frankly, so stunned to be told that I ended up just saying 'yes' and 'thank you' like a computer says 'no'.

The set is a provincial, criminal set with a small civil team. Any indications of your experiences of day long interviews (even if note in similar sets) would therefore be most welcome - please!

03 July, 2009

"Written Exercise"

Are there any guesses as to what a "written exercise" at an interview may entail?