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  1. The OSC accepts applications with a deadline generally in December and conducts interviews during Reading Week.
  2. For anyone who didn't get an offer last night, I get it. It sucks. I struck out at OCIs. I was devastated. Thought my career was over. Fast forward to now, not being hired at a big Bay St. firm, in retrospect, was one of the best things that happened to me. I ended up in a great field, have better quality of life, and don't make any less than my peers on Bay. For those who made it from my year (2016), it's astonishing how many who were hired through OCIs into Bay St. firms have already voluntarily left for greener pastures. At the same time, some of my colleagues who started off at non-OCI firms, are now working at big Bay St. firms. If you really want to get to a Bay St firm (not sure why you would), there's definitely more than one way to get there. Don't let anyone fool you that this was your only chance. It may take some time, but where there's a will, there's a way.
  3. Yes. Specifically, years back I did OCI at Osgoode, was waitlisted for Goodmans and then got it from that waitlist. How little do I care now!
  4. Definitely this. Unless I know you from before and like you enough.
  5. I'd like to echo this. A few years back I struck out at OCIs and I was absolutely, utterly devastated. I went into depression and I felt like there were many dark days. A few months later I landed a great summer position, had a job after graduation and enjoy it immensely now. In retrospect, not going to a Bay St. firm was the best thing that could have happened to me as I discovered another field I find much more interesting and engaging. In fact, quite a few of my Bay St. friends told me they would clamour to lateral into my position right now!
  6. No. In my day it was more common than not that firms didn't tell you anything in advance of getting your list from the CDO. Just because someone got an OCI invite now doesn't mean you won't get one from that firm - people drop out of OCIs, or decline firms when they max out. I had 3 waitlists and got all of them, including one firm that sent out OCI invites early on. And just because a firm rejects you early on, that's no indicator of your success one way or another. People who have 1 OCI may get a job at the end, people who get 20 may end up with nothing. I can tell you it all works out in the end - I was devastated after having a large number of OCIs and striking out. Then I found the position of my dreams and haven't looked back since. In retrospect, it was actually a good thing that I struck out at OCIs, as it led me into a field that I love.
  7. There's a pretty wide range. One friend who worked at a firm with around 10 lawyers was only paid about $550/week. Another friend at a firm which is not considered Bay St, but a respectable boutique with around 6 lawyers got $1,400/week.
  8. Fair point. Maybe I shouldn't have quoted your post directly. Just that I've seen quite a few posts on here where 2Ls think they're shut out of biglaw if they don't get a position through OCIs. Time for me to disappear back into the abyss.
  9. Back in the day: 1L process: 5 in-firms, 0 offers. 2L process: 19 OCIs, 1 in-firm, 0 offers. Articling: 3 applications, 0 in-firms. Still happily employed though.
  10. I actually know someone who didn't find an articling job until a month or two before graduation. Right out of articling, he/she was hired by a Sister firm. And this just happened last year. And I know of a few other similar stories of people who articled at non-big firms being hired by them post-articling. So don't let anyone bullshit you into thinking you'll never make it into a big firm if you don't get hired through OCIs. It might be unlikely, but far from impossible.
  11. I'd also like to add that I'm around to give advice on how to hustle and the opportunities that come up post-OCIs. Or if you just want to talk to someone who went through this and knows how badly it stings not to get an offer.
  12. I went through the process two years ago and didn't get an offer. I was devastated. Thought my career was over. I went into a serious bout of depression. A few months later I landed the job of my dreams and have never looked back since then. As a 2L you tend to have tunnel vision and invest all your self worth into something that really, will be a blip in the grand scheme of things. But there are plenty of great, if not better opportunities out there afterwards. Pour yourself a drink, mope for a day or two more and move on. There are so many more important things in life to use your energy on.
  13. They do move. 2 years ago I got all of my "alternates" (which was one boutique, a international full-service and a "Sister firm")
  14. Received a C in a 1L class. No one ever mentioned it during interviews.
  15. Just from what I know - the handful of clerks from US schools who clerked at the SCC or OCA came mostly from Harvard or Yale and were near the top of their class too. Top 1/3rd at a T14 just doesn't sound competitive when there are many top grads at Canadian schools competing for these positions. Of course it's always worth a shot applying as the worst they can say is no.
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