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  1. I agree with Deadpool. I would just add that if a firm doesn't hire you back, they will often help you find another position.
  2. I don't think a formal system would work. I'm not sure what area you practised in when you were on Bay, but as someone with a busy and unpredictable corporate/M&A practice, I get emails at all hours of the day, some urgent and some not. Implementing a formal system where I, our clients or the lawyers I work with get a bounceback for any emails sent after 8 p.m. would likely just lead to more grief/annoyance on everyone's part. I also don't think that a formal system is necessary. Some of my colleagues use what I guess you could call an informal office hours approach, in that they typically just won't respond to emails after, say, 9pm, unless they know it's truly urgent (e.g. if they're on a deal that's supposed to close imminently) or if they're given a heads-up that they need to be available in the evening. I don't know how well this strategy has or will continue to work for them, but I haven't yet heard of any significant issues or complaints.
  3. When I did the recruit, I applied to as many as possible. My strategy was that if I was fortunate enough to get more OCIs than I could handle, I could decide which firms to cut when deciding which OCIs to accept. That said, I guess if you’re adamantly opposed to certain firms (for whatever reason), you’re probably better off spending that time focussing on your applications for the ones you do want to work at. Edit: I don’t think I applied to more than 30/40 firms. I was really only interested in corporate law and I didn’t apply to any of the government or other positions.
  4. I did this (no caffeine and no alcohol) for a few months over the summer. My mental and physical health improved considerably. I see now that that post is 2 years old...
  5. This is completely unnecessary. Fair warning: Bay Street firms don't like assholes.
  6. Some firms cut salaries 10-15% for a few months, but by now most have restored to pre-cut levels (see https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/61106-toronto-raises-2020/) and some have provided back pay.
  7. I typically work between 9 and 12 hours most weekdays and generally work at least one of Saturday/Sunday every weekend. A weekend completely off is rare. I tend to bill most of my time, though I'm expected to contribute in non-billable ways too (articles, etc.). I'll have the odd week where I work from 7am until 2-4am every day, but those weeks are relatively few and far between (once every 2-3 months or so) and are typically the result of multiple deals heating up at one time (and there's not a ton you can do about that as a junior). There are also days where I don't bill at all and am told to leave the office at noon. All in all, I've found my schedule to be very unpredictable (which I'm OK with, but many people find frustrating). That being said, I'm not a litigator, and I'd speculate that litigators at least have a bit more predictability. @Uriel would be able to provide a more useful response.
  8. The “Toronto Raises 2020” thread referred to on the last page of that thread is generally accurate.
  9. I think any experience in a professional setting is valuable, especially if you’re in a client-facing role.
  10. This reflects what we’ve been told.
  11. It’s all just a giant racket to steal our ice cream. Well played, LSUCk.
  12. You think that’s bad... They confiscated my ice cream pint card (buy 9, get the 10th free). I had 8 pints on that bad boy. It was a real tragedy.
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