Hey, I have two questions:
1. Any tips on getting Hs or HHs as opposed to Ps? I know the basic strategies (learn exam writing, make a map, talk with the prof) but was there anything in particular that you found worked best?
2. How do the job prospects look for someone who finishes with all Ps? Will it be tougher for them to land a Bay Street or government position? In your experience, do students at U of T generally get interviews if they have all Ps, but a genuine interest in the area demonstrated by extracurriculars?
Thanks for your time!
1. There's no magic bullet, but I'm a firm believer that *how* you answer exam questions is almost as important as what you say. Structure is really important because it demonstrates to the prof that you actually conceptually understand what's going on, and aren't throwing everything at the wall. Even if you don't fill in your whole outline (e.g. you've outlined aspects of a breach of contract remedy, but didn't get to all of them) you can still do well. Every prof will be different, so the best thing you can do is look at their past exams, and get your hands on past exam answers (they used to be with the librarians downstairs in Birge, I imagine they're in Bora now) in order to see what sorts of things they value in an answer.
2. The recruitment process from the student perspective is a bit of a black box. Like TheLawStudent said, people with all Ps do get Bay St jobs, but call it what it is: uncommon. The more grade-focused of the firms (you probably know which I mean) are almost certainly out. The rest it really depends. I also think it's reasonably fair to point out that "Bay St" and "Sisters or Equivalent" are not exactly the same thing. When people talk about "Bay St" firms, it's usually full service firms (which speaks to your EC point- what did you have in mind? Most of these firms do everything, so a laser focus at the student stage risks making you look disingenuous)
The best piece of advice I think I can give, but I'm absolutely not any kind of authority, is to network the hell out of it. Go to every open house (check on utlawcareers throughout the spring and summer for dates and registration, but don't count on that alone, check the student sections of firm websites if you don't see them on UTLC). Talk to the recruiter (just talk, you're not there to get hired), but also to lawyers. Find someone at an open house who does something interesting or that you're interested in, chat, email them later and go for coffee. If you're friends with an upper year summering at a firm you're interested in, ask them to give you a tour and introduce you to people (including the recruiter). Everyone involved in the whole process is super helpful. Get in touch and they're almost always happy to chat, and if you keep in touch they'll remember.
I think what you'll find if you do that is that not only will the firms get to know and like you (assuming you're a decent and decently interesting person), but you'll start to get a much better sense of what you actually want. Those two things will put you significantly ahead of the game as far as P transcripts go.
The second best piece of advice in my mind is to be interesting! Put some cool hobbies and interests on your resume. Remember that your application (cover letter, resume, transcript) should be designed to make the person reading say, "I want to meet this person!" If it doesn't, they'll probably move on to the next one.
Beyond that, I think TLS's 70% number is a bit high for the 2L recruit (even counting the other cities), but maybe not significantly so. Also, 55% of each class get Ps, I'd wager significantly fewer than 55% of all students get all Ps.