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  1. 100% yes. Do not miss. So fun, you get to know your classmates, it's awesome. (Grain of salt though because this year admin is taking it on so no idea if they'll be able to preserve the craziness of orientation)
  2. Okay. You're not in the situation. They issue calls for applications far after the initial application deadline - there is not actually enough demand for the number of spaces available, and there are usually not that many people who apply and attend from other schools (I assume because of how expensive it is - and this is only in the last few years, which also makes sense if you look at the job market for young lawyers now vs a few years ago). It's also not empathy to tell someone else to miss out on an opportunity entirely because they're going to miss a few days of it. If you're going to start getting worked up about every law student who takes a spot in a law school class and then skips class, for example, you're going to have an extremely long three years. Relax. The only question for OP though is if there's mandatory attendance - because of how intensive classes at the Castle are, there might be, in which case you might not be able to attend. But it's also very far in advance - you can plan on going to the Castle but who knows, maybe you'll get a 1L job or change your mind or whatever - don't limit yourself at this point because of something that may or may not be an issue.
  3. Yeah don't worry about this. There are plenty of seats, almost everyone who wants to go gets to go. And, a decent number of people will miss this amount of class anyway just because of travelling/being sick/whatever so if you want to go for it, go for it.
  4. My advice is actually the opposite - the large firms the initial post was aimed at all have Word Processing departments that specialize in just these weird formatting issues - so get to know them well and know when it's going to be more efficient for you to send it to them and spend a few more hours working on lawyer stuff rather than struggling with word on your own (at midnight...). I was always told the firm would rather you send stuff out because they're better at it and it saves them from having to fix a completely wonky doc at the very end if they're involved in it throughout. (obviously, only relevant if you have the resource) That's also a piece of advice - learn how to use your support staff well. If you have an assistant in the summer, have an initial conversation about their workload and get to know who they work for and what kind of capacity they may have, and then don't be afraid to use it. Sometimes that means dictating due diligence and getting it typed up if you have too much to handle and your assistant can handle it, and it honestly saves a ton of time at crunch times if you use it wisely.
  5. Are all of Martin's offers done? If those are done then it's over, right? At least as long as it's done according to seniority?
  6. Today? I know yesterday but if offers for sure are still going out today the dream is alive!
  7. Has anyone heard from the SCC today?
  8. Has anyone gotten a confirmation of receipt of the writing sample from the SCC yet?
  9. a few years ago, fasken pulled out of the recruit last minute and didn't tell anyone. might be happening again if no one has heard this late?
  10. Crossing my fingers for you! Anyone have any tips for prepping for the committee?
  11. Also, who’s using the committee and who’s doing their own interviews?
  12. Does it seem like people or bots/a mail merge? Aka is it over?
  13. From a specific justice, or the panel? (If you can say!)
  14. shoot, yes you're right. I missed interviews are a week earlier this year!
  15. I think last year the first mention of interview offers was closer to family day - like feb 15-17 onwards. but i second legalqueen - please post if/when you get one!
  16. I think part of the attrition becomes voluntary as a pride thing too. If you're at the 6 year mark, you put yourself up for consideration every year, and then by 10 you're not a partner for whatever reason, having just the associate title and being a 10 year call might get awkward enough that someone leaves to somewhere that will make them partner.
  17. Reviving this thread for some fresh clerkship advice - people who applied to the SCC, did you deviate at all from the traditional cover letter? It just feels like the SCC is such a big deal that a normal cover letter isn't enough. I'm not talking about doing a video a la Elle Woods but did anyone switch it up from a "here's things about me" letter to like a more narrative, why is the law important type of thing?
  18. Super late but once a guy held an offer for literally 23 hours and 59 minutes and then called to accept, so the other candidate who hadn't gotten anything else, was told what was going on and was waiting for the offer to expire, then couldn't be made an offer. People still talk about it, years later. Such a dick move.
  19. You'll need one for Careers day in second semester. And the 1L recruit if you do that. And the hicks morley moot if you do that. all are in second semester, but I'd recommend getting a suit now when you have plenty of time to shop. and just in case you need it in first semester (not sure why but it's possible)
  20. Not to mention there are other jurisdictions other than Ontario!!
  21. If you were fortunate enough to have a break between graduation and starting your articles, and a medium amount of cash to spend, what did you do and where did you go? Crowdsourcing the best possible pre-articling plan!
  22. If you're at an event that is specifically for recruitment, then people will be watching out for students, and will likely be asked to write up notes about who they saw and who the liked/didn't like. We're asked to keep track of who we like and whether we think they might fit. All data is important going into recruits.
  23. I'd totally agree in private practice (and this has 100% been my experience there - and it's legit so cute when a first year call picks up the cheque and tells you to pay it forward when they were an articling student like 10 seconds ago), but in government it's not always like this. For coffee, for sure. But lunches in government, especially group/team lunches, in my experience, come with cash because everyone throws down cash to pay the bill and if you don't have any, you're in an awkward in-between because on one hand they're like, "Don't worry about it! You're a student!", but on the other hand they clearly didn't intend to take you specifically for lunch so do you have to bring them cash later? Which is really awkward. (And why people don't just do separate cheques in this scenario I'll never understand). So, I think the Senior Call Pays rule is awesome and you can be grateful when it happens but I would also caution that you should be prepared if you have to pay your own way, just in case.
  24. I definitely wouldn't provide the letter. Just put it under your school section, like a bullet under whatever Faculty of Law you're at that says "(NAME OF PRIZE) Prize in Criminal/X Law" and then maybe an explanation "awarded for highest grade" etc.
  25. To each their own but I found it almost impossible to get around in Gatineau without French. Everything from the SAQ to cab drivers was a struggle.
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