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  1. Also worth noting that if you sign up for Adelaide Club, you still get access to the TAC restaurant.
  2. I’m assuming you’re in Ontario. In case you are not aware, the Law Society prohibits anyone from revealing or discussing the questions on the exams so you may want to be careful what you post. On another note, rehashing the exam when you can’t change anything at this point often leads to more stress than catharsis. I’d suggest just sitting tight until the results are released, as that’s really the only way you will actually know how you did.
  3. No, unanimity isn’t required but it certainly may happen for top candidates. People often have different opinions of people, as in everyday life. How polarizing they are/what it was that made someone not like a candidate affects the impact of others not liking them. Feedback is obtained on an ongoing basis.
  4. Regarding 2nd interview/lunch invites, it depends on the firm of course but we do Wednesday lunches/coffees rather than a formal second in firm on the Tuesday (as we typically have a full slate of first round interviews still going on then). These invites usually go out on Tuesday late afternoon/evening once we’ve finished interviewing everyone for the day (all the interviewers get together and we argue/narrow down the list). A stellar, stand out candidate may get an offer for lunch during the interview but most don’t. Just ensure you have access to your phone and email and turn your notifications on.
  5. I had my partner read my essays in law school, although he knows nothing about the law, and I read his work although I have no knowledge of his subject area. We both find it helpful to have an intelligent person read our work and give feedback - while he may miss some of the nuance, he can still critique the argument and it helps me see if I’ve clearly set the argument out if a non law person can grasp it.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. But apparently cut other amounts they would otherwise have given to the students, so grain of salt when looking at that number.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. 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).
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