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  1. You're fine. Even if you show up and you aren't on the list, it's pretty unlikely that you'd get turned away.
  2. After every exam that I wrote, I went straight home (without talking to any of my peers), watched a TV show and then hit the gym. And then I started studying for the next exam. Give yourself the commute home from the exam to think about what you might have fucked up, and then move on.
  3. Certain breeds need more living space. I wouldn't say a house is necessary, but there are some breeds (e.g., larger or high-energy breeds) that, out of fairness to the dog, I would not feel right about keeping pent up in an apartment, regardless of how often you take him/her the park. One (in my view not insignificant) benefit of having a backyard (assuming it is fenced in/private) is the convenience of being able to let Fido out the back door instead of having to leash him up and make a trip to the park every time he has to do his business. This is particularly convenient (or, perhaps, more noticeably convenient) during the winter months.
  4. At my firm (full-service, Bay), I would say you need at least 2 (navy and charcoal/grey would be ideal). I wouldn't try to get through a summer with just 1 suit (if it gets too dirty, you'll be fucked), but I do know people who have done that.
  5. You do not need a bespoke or M2M suit for a summer Big Law position (you definitely do not need a bespoke suit). If you're on a budget, you might be better off getting two (good quality) off-the-rack suits and having them tailored.
  6. This is not legal advice. I think you may be overthinking this. I worked for a few years before law school. I had a good relationship with my employer. I gave 4 months notice. Not only did they support my decision, the people I met at that company have been my friends and mentors (and references) ever since. Regardless of how strong your relationship with your employer is, I think the fact that you are expected to train a team is significant. In this situation, practically speaking, the more notice, the better. I think your employer would be more likely to be upset if you were to give them 2 weeks' notice and left them scrambling to figure out how to (1) find your successor and (2) train these people (including knowledge transfer), both within a short period of time. Moreover, it would probably be more expensive for them to fire you than it would be to just keep you on for a few months and let you leave on your own terms. Finally, it sounds like you care about the future of this company. You effectively said you do not want to leave it high and dry. That's great. The bottom line is this: The right thing to do is to give them what you think would be enough time to adequately prepare for your departure.
  7. The exams take 7 hours each to write, which might be what you are thinking of. Getting everyone through security (some of the rules are ridiculously stringent, which may add to the screening time) and seated did take some time, but it's certainly not worth writing in Ottawa just to avoid that.
  8. I'm sorry you're experiencing this, but know that you are by no means alone. Physical activity is crucial. During law school, I made sure that I went to the gym 3-5 times a week, regardless of how busy things got. Sure, I find this hard to keep up during articling, but I still try to (and often do) get to the gym 3 times a week, at a minimum, even if only for a quick 30 minute workout. Talking to other students/colleagues helps, too, even if it's just to vent; if you're going through this, chances are that someone you know has, is, or will go through something similar. On the other hand, sometimes it is more helpful to talk to people who aren't in law school. Talk to your parents and non-law friends and make a point of socializing outside of law school. Doing so will, I think, give you some perspective and make you realize that your concerns/problems aren't nearly as significant/dire as you think they are. I may be reading into what you've written, but it sounds to me like you are putting too much pressure on yourself. It's just law school. Sometimes I found it helpful to take a step back and forget about my crushing student debt/grades/finding a job, at least for a little while. I know that this is easier said than done, but try to focus on what you enjoy about the study of law rather than the stressors in your life. This one may or may not apply to you, but try cutting back on your caffeine and alcohol intake. I routinely took -- and still take -- breaks (usually about a month or so in duration) from caffeine and alcohol. You might be surprised at how much more relaxed/focused you become. Finally, consider talking to a professional therapist. Your university should have some sort of crisis/counselling support clinic, but you can also talk to your family doctor. Don't be afraid to make use of mental health resources.
  9. Things may have changed since I last looked into this (3 years ago, admittedly), but I'm not sure that Ivey is universally regarded as the best MBA program in Canada or that Ivey is a better business school, nor do I think that the reputation/quality of a business school's undergraduate program is indicative of the reputation/quality of its MBA program. Queen's, for instance, has a very well regarded BComm program, but, at least in my opinion, its MBA program isn't worth the money. Frankly, if you are dead set on getting an MBA in Canada, I wouldn't consider anywhere other than Rotman, Ivey or McGill (Desautels), and between those three I don't think there's a clear winner. I was going to say that if you already have a business degree, an MBA probably isn't worth the additional price tag, but in your case it might be. That said, if your goal is to start out in law, I still don't think that whatever benefit you would get from the MBA portion of a JD/MBA program would justify the additional expense.
  10. What is your academic background? Do you have an undergraduate business degree?
  11. Thought this was an interesting read: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/business/dealbook/education-student-loans-lambda-schools.html?module=inline.
  12. It's virtually guaranteed that you'll be invited to return as an articling student. However, depending on the firm, your performance as a summer student may have some -- though likely not much -- bearing on whether or not you get hired back as an associate.
  13. I haven't heard of any specific cutoffs and I wouldn't want to speculate beyond saying that the conventional wisdom is that a B+ average is competitive for most Bay St positions, so I would imagine that cutoffs would be lower -- perhaps somewhere in the B to B- range. That said, I don't think anyone should make decisions about which firm(s) to apply to based on speculation about GPA cutoffs. I'm not so sure that there is a correlation. Whether or not grades matter for involvement in extracurriculars depends on the school. At Western, for example, with the possible exception of the Jessup Moot, I don't think grades mattered much, if at all, in terms of getting involved in moots and clinics. Sure, there are some extracurriculars -- e.g. TA/research assistant positions -- for which good 1L grades appear to be a requirement. However, most (perhaps all) of the 1L moots are open to whoever wants to participate, and Western holds an internal advocacy competition -- a tryout of sorts -- to determine who gets to participate in the upper-year external moots. And hiring for clinics (a) typically happens at the beginning of 1L and (b) is usually handled by upper-year students involved in the those clinics, meaning that your 1L grades wouldn't be a factor.
  14. I assume you are asking about the Toronto recruit. With respect to weighting, it depends on the firm, but as a general rule I would say that more emphasis is placed on grades than on extracurriculars. A number of firms have a GPA cut-off. I think it would be fair to say that some involvement in law school-related extracurriculars is expected. But beyond that, in terms of what activities to have on your resume, it depends on (1) what practice area(s) you think you might be interested in at this point, and (2) what firm(s) you intend on applying to. For example, if in your cover letter to Lenczner you say that all you've ever wanted to do is litigate, but you haven't participated in any advocacy competitions/moots, well, that's probably not going to work out well for you. Similarly, if you say you're primarily interested in business/corporate law, but all of your extra-curricular activities are related to criminal law, that might raise a red flag.
  15. Citizen makes decent watches. Similar to Seiko.
  16. While you don't need to reply to every email, personally I would err on the side of caution and send a very short thank you email along the lines of "Thank you for confirming. I look forward to meeting [interviewer names]". The thing about thank you notes is that many lawyers (unfortunately) still expect them; not sending a thank you note can do more harm than sending an unnecesary one.
  17. If you know for a fact that you will be late, I would let the recruiter know now/ASAP. Aside from the fact that it's the considerate thing to do, there's a chance they will be able to accommodate your schedule by moving your interview.
  18. I always sent a quick email saying something along the lines of, "Thank you for confirming. I look forward to meeting with you and [interviewer names (if they told you who you will be interviewing with)]."
  19. While this may be an indication of where you currently rank with that firm, there are two reasons why you should not worry too much about it. First, as I said above in response to another poster, rankings at this point are preliminary and based on nothing more than your OCI and your application package -- they will change quite a bit as the process moves foward. Second, there could be a number of reasons why you were offered a Monday afternoon slot as opposed to a morning slot. Sure, it could be an indication that you are lower on their current ranking. Alternatively, they may not have had that many Monday morning slots available (this would admittedly be less likely if the firm is a large full service firm) and they went quickly. Or it could simply be that the articling student who called you was too delirious/hungover to notice that there were Monday morning slots left. TL/DR: Don't read too much into when a firm called you or what slot you were offered. This process can be stressful -- there's no point in stressing yourself out about (ultimately inconsequential) things like this.
  20. Yes, it can be indicative, but I wouldn't read too much into it. At this point, firms really only have your application package and a very brief OCI to go off of; whatever rankings firms have will change quite a bit over the course of the process.
  21. It couldn't hurt, but it's unlikely that anything will come from it.
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