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    Thanks for your reply! Would 60-75% also be reasonable for the end of the first year of practice, meaning this time next year? Or is this only applicable to the stub year?
  2. Hi everyone, I just started as an associate at a Bay St. firm this fall. I would like to know what the average or expected effective rate is for someone at my level. In other words, what would be a normal ratio/percentage of hours docketed vs. hours billed to the client? Hoping to hear from people who know the expectation at their firm or are willing to share what this statistic was for them at this stage in their career. On a related note, for matters where all of an associate's time is billed, but the fees for that time are reduced, how does that reflect on an associate's performance?
  3. How many hours would be considered acceptable for an articling student at a Bay St. firm to docket per week? By docket, I mean both billable and non-billable time, as articling students often don't have billable work. I would like to know what the expectation is and if/how this may factor into hire-back.
  4. Hi everyone, First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to write these very reassuring messages. I'm sorry that it took me so long to reply, but as you could probably tell by the tone of my post, I was feeling pretty distressed last week. I tried since then to take some time and get some distance from the issue. I have also been focusing on the advice that you all have given that this is not the end of the world and that I should make an effort to do better next year + give my best performance at my job this summer. I'm struggling a little with my own perception of myself since I received my grades, but I am trying not to let that affect my work. I have to try really hard not to think that there is no way I can match the quality of the work everyone else will do now that I feel like I'm no longer meeting the level (academically) that is required to even have this job. I was very hesitant to make a post about this at all, but the support was honestly something I was very much in need of. So thank you all for taking the time to offer your input! I am sincerely grateful.
  5. Hello folks, I just finished my 2L year and it went much worse than my 1L year. It will become obvious which school I go to when I talk about my grades, so I will mention now that I am at U of T. After 1L, I had no "P" grades on my transcript. This year, pretty much all of my grades have been a P. The grades themselves are a cause for concern and I am very distressed about them. But what worries me most is that I do not understand why I did so poorly this year. When first semester grades came out, I thought that perhaps I had focused too much on the 2L recruit and decided to devote much more attention to my academics next semester. I did exactly that (in my opinion), but I did even worse this semester than last. I felt like I really grasped the material well when going into exams and felt confident coming out of them too. Basically, I don't know what has happened to cause this significant drop. I don't think I write exams differently. I don't think I am working any less hard than I was in 1L, in fact, sometimes I feel like I am working harder and even understanding the material better. I am willing to work even harder to do better in 3L (if that would even help me at this point), but I just don't know what I need to do to improve. I feel really stupid asking this as someone going into 3L because you're supposed to have law school figured out by now, but I need the help. I will be reviewing my exams with my professors, but I don't know what to do beyond that. I find that exam review sessions provide advice very specific to that one exam, so it's hard to identify a bigger problem. I have a 2L summer job at a Bay St. firm, but I'm afraid that my poor grades will pretty much destroy future career prospects after this. Has anyone else been in a similar position? What is your advice? I feel like I've completely bombed a third of my time at law school and really do not feel good about my abilities right now. Any guidance would be great.
  6. Hello everyone. I know that a final transcript is definitely going to be required, but if I have already been accepted, do I need to send a transcript right now that reflects my fall term grades? Please let me know. Thanks in advance!
  7. Thank you for the information, everyone!
  8. My University of Toronto acceptance package didn't mention anything about the acceptance being conditional. Is it conditional, though? I would like some insight from people who have previously been accepted. Thanks!
  9. Yes, I was in queue for review prior to receiving my e-mail. The following are my stats: OLSAS CGPA = 3.85 LSAT = 170
  10. Congratulations everyone! I received my acceptance e-mail today as well.
  11. In as well! Congratulations to everyone who's been accepted, and good luck to all those who are still waiting.
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