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  1. This reflects what we’ve been told.
  2. It’s all just a giant racket to steal our ice cream. Well played, LSUCk.
  3. 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.
  4. I would be very surprised if your firm allowed you do to this.
  5. If money’s tight, I wouldn’t bother buying the corporate statutes. Either print them or add the relevant sections to your summary.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. What the shit happened to this thread.
  9. Not having a 1L job certainly won’t sewer you for the 2L recruit, particularly in light of the reality of the current job market (which employers will, I’m sure, be cognizant of). If you’re doing something productive/interesting with your summer — and it sounds like you are — that’s really all that matters. BQ’s point about getting a handle on your anxiety is valid. Managing anxiety is tough for many people, and if you’re having trouble with it now it will likely persist throughout your career. Best to address it now. But in addition to that, if you applied to 10 RA positions and didn’t get any interest at all, and assuming your grades aren’t the issue, maybe you (or someone you trust) should take another look at your application materials. It’s hard to say how employers will view 2L fall semester grades; but, frankly, it shouldn’t really matter to you. Why wouldn’t you try to get the best grades you possibly can? Don’t take your foot off the pedal now. You should plan for the possibility that you’ll strike out in the 2L recruit (which is, for most people, a crapshoot), and your 2L grades will certainly be important if that happens.
  10. It's not exactly what I wrote in my personal statement, but my pre-law career was neither as intellectually stimulating nor as financially rewarding as I wanted it to be. I don't have any regrets. On that note, UltraVires produces (or used to produce) an annual feature comparing UofT law students' personal statements to their career choices/paths upon graduation. I think this is the most recent one: http://ultravires.ca/2019/03/personal-statements-from-the-class-of-2019/.
  11. We've been told that September/October would be the earliest we would be permitted to return. However, it's been made clear that no one will be expected to go into the office if they are at all uncomfortable (for whatever reason) with doing so. I don't think anyone will be in a rush to go back. To some extent, we had been moving towards being a more remote-friendly office well before COVID came into the picture, so most of our lawyers were already set up to work from home and it hasn't been a huge adjustment. I worry more about the impact this will have (and has already had) on assistants and other support staff going forward. And, of course, summer and articling experiences will be completely different for at least the next little while. There was an article (in the Globe, I think) a few weeks ago claiming that the COVID-induced shift to remote work has shown businesses that their assumptions about such work (employees not as productive due to distractions, etc.) were false and that the reverse is true (many have proven to be more productive/efficient at home). I'm skeptical that the increase in productivity is universal (hard to imagine that someone who was suddenly forced to balance childcare and work would somehow become more productive), or that it will last if remote work becomes the new norm (I think people will eventually experience WFH burnout; I certainly benefited mentally from the physical separation between my office and my home), but I do think employers are taking a hard look at whether offices are necessary and that this has accelerated the trend.
  12. I bought mine from OLE. They weren’t perfect by any means (there were some noticeable errors), but got the job done. Of the people I knew who were writing at the time, a handful actually made their “own” indices (they were part of a group that divided the work). A few said that if they were to do it again, they’d have saved themselves the time and effort and would have bought (though maybe that was because they weren’t happy with the other group members’ work). Some found the act of making the indices helpful; others said they’d have preferred to use that time to study/practice. OLE and some other companies have practice exams/questions, but the general criticism was that they didn’t reflect the difficulty level of the real thing (in the sense that they were a bit too easy). Regardless, the best thing you can do is practice with the indices you buy/make. The bar exams are largely a page flipping exercise the key to which is being comfortable with using your indices.
  13. I would never advise a student to do this unless they had run it by a partner at their firm in advance. Even then, it's probably a terrible idea.
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