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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. This is completely unnecessary. Fair warning: Bay Street firms don't like assholes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The “Toronto Raises 2020” thread referred to on the last page of that thread is generally accurate.
  7. I think any experience in a professional setting is valuable, especially if you’re in a client-facing role.
  8. This reflects what we’ve been told.
  9. It’s all just a giant racket to steal our ice cream. Well played, LSUCk.
  10. 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.
  11. I would be very surprised if your firm allowed you do to this.
  12. If money’s tight, I wouldn’t bother buying the corporate statutes. Either print them or add the relevant sections to your summary.
  13. I don’t think cold emails are a bad idea, if done right. First, be strategic about who you contact in that manner. Senior partners, for example, may have little or no use for an articling student — it’s generally better, in my view, to deal with junior partners and senior associates. Play the chain. Second, be patient and don’t overdo it. If someone tells you they don’t have anything for you right now but will “keep you in mind”, it’s likely that they mean it — don’t keep bugging them. Most lawyers will be impressed that you showed the initiative/interest and, as a result, will actually keep you in mind. And if you’re at a firm where you have a formal mentorship arrangement, have no shame about asking your mentor to make those introductions. It’s what they’re there for. They’ll often know who’s actually doing the work you’re interested in, and it will be easier for them to introduce you to those people than it is for you to introduce yourself.
  14. It's hard to imagine why a firm would expect you to "show face" when the reality is that the vast majority of partners and associates aren't going to be in the office anytime soon (at least that's the case at my firm -- no one expects to be back in any meaningful way before January at the earliest). And I'd even go so far as to suggest that if any firm pressures you at all to come into the office in the midst of a pandemic, you should seriously think about whether you want to work there.
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