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  1. Everyone in the process just take a breath. I’ve been the interviewer at OCIs numerous times. Don’t read into any reply to thank you emails or lack thereof. Some lawyers have a general practice of not replying to these emails at all, for example because they don’t want to accidentally communicate a response that breaches the rules or, most often, they just don’t have time to do it immediately and by the time they do, an offer has/hasn’t been made already. On the other hand, I reply to them all with the exact same message, to the effect of it was a pleasure meeting you, best of luck in the process and I hope you get some rest. You’ve done your bes. Enjoy the weekend and some turkey.
  2. In firms are offered to all students (OCI school or not) at the same time on call day and take place during the proscribed interview week. And because I’m sure someone is wondering, those who did OCIs don’t have any kind of leg up over those that are interviewed for the first time in firm - once you’re in the door for the in firm you’re on the same footing. You just got there by different routes.
  3. My firm (boutique, around 30 lawyers) only does OCIs for Osgoode and UofT but accepts applications from all schools. If you’re at one of the non-OCI schools your first interview is the in-firm. It’s a matter of resources - doing OCIs is a massive time commitment for the lawyers that go and adding out of town travel to that often isn’t worthwhile for firms my size.
  4. You will spill at some point, it happens to everyone. Just clean it up and move on from it. You can minimize the damage by being strategic about where you leave the cup during your submissions.
  5. You could also look to start a precedent database of commonly used materials in the practice, taking time to read through them as well to get an idea for substance and style.
  6. For those of you worried about not getting email confirmations yet, don’t be. It can take a week or two (or more), but you will eventually get one. The lawyers and assistants who make the morning calls go back to their normal (busy) work life as soon as the spots are filled. You confirmed on the phone, we wrote it down, all is well.
  7. But apparently cut other amounts they would otherwise have given to the students, so grain of salt when looking at that number.
  8. Regarding your second question, some people view it as fine to not wear them and others don’t. Often it’s a perception of formality; while not necessarily the most comfortable of attire, nylons or tights in my view look more professional and make the wearer look more put together. Others disagree. When I was called to the bar (not that long ago, 2014), they were indicated as required apparel for the call. That plus visually noticing the difference between female lawyers who wore nylons and those who went bare legged helped solidify my decision. I’m less strict about wearing them in office; if I don’t have clients coming in or I don’t have to go out for discoveries, etc, I probably won’t wear them in the office in the summer. But I always wear them to court.
  9. No bare legs for the call. I’m in the camp of you shouldn’t bare leg it to court either, but there won’t be anyone checking there at least. They did check at the call (you may get lucky and they don’t for yours or they miss you, but last thing you want to be doing is running around looking for nylons right before because one of the facilitators has called you out on it).
  10. No knee highs. The socks requirement applies when you’re wearing pants only. As others have said, hose or tights are fine (skin tone or black).
  11. Planning a wedding does not need to be difficult, time consuming, or horrendously expensive. Certain things can take up larger chunks of time (like dress shopping and visiting venues) but honestly, people make it out to be a way bigger typing than it needs to/should be. And if you’re dead set on a big to do because that’s your thing, just get a wedding planner.
  12. Remember also that insurance defence goes far beyond personal jury claims. While in house may be moving to deal with those, they continue to refer out other type of work, and the more complex (read: interesting) files.
  13. It is firm dependent, but as someone involved in the hiring at my firm, I see a big difference between saying no to the dinner upfront because you’ve already committed elsewhere and agreeing to the dinner then cancelling. The first one won’t hurt you (and we may even try and work something else out, i.e. lunch, coffee), but the latter will. Cancelling sends a clear message that we’re not a priority and we have enough great candidates that we’ll move past you at that point. For what it’s worth, we also don’t have any issue with booking first interviews on Tuesday. When you only have 4 lawyers interviewing at a time, you simply can’t see everyone on Monday.
  14. Good thing I wasn’t suggesting burneraccount copy and paste my example verbatim.
  15. Send the updated CV to everyone with a note that says something to the effect of ‘Please find attached my updated CV, which includes a correction along with the addition of an award I recently received for XYZ. I would be greatful if this updated CV could be included as part of my application. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from (or meeting with if you’ve heard from them already) your firm.’ In all likelihood, they’ll replace your old one with this new one and never ask you anything about the original. But you’ve been honest and upfront by noting there is also a correction (although no need to elaborate on what it is unless you’re specifically asked). We will look at your CV multiple times during this process, and it’s not unusual to receive updates.
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