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  1. I saw these two posts on LinkedIn from two internationally trained lawyers who have successfully secured positions offering to help other ITL trained lawyers. They may be helpful to you: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/aliciagalewindsor_update-its-happening-will-release-details-activity-6793566258521534464-dNsf https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ishita-kashyap-78887738_nca-itls-india-activity-6793976549851840512-Bynr
  2. I agree with this. I think that finding what you like and don’t like - especially when you’re a student - is valuable. Keep in mind - I didn’t know what I wanted to do while in law school. There were people in law school that had their minds made up and knew for sure what they wanted to do. So they tailored their resumes a certain way. But I didn’t know, and the best way to learn (in my opinion) is to experiment a few things to see what you like. I interned in-house, interned at two different legal aid clinics, worked as a research assistant, and summered and articled in a private law firm. And these were not all in the same area. There were definitely a few areas I knew I didn’t want to do so I stayed away from those. But I tried out a few of the areas I was curious about. I learned what I liked and didn’t like early on because of that. And, I don’t think it takes anything away from you. I always found a way to emphasize the transferrable skills you learn on my resume.
  3. Diversify diversify diversify. Not only for the experience and what you can put in your resume but to get to know what you like and don’t like. The best advice I ever got in law school was to diversify my resume.
  4. Thanks, @Turtles that was my concern and I agree.
  5. I follow some lawyers who frequently write and publish blog posts and articles about recent decisions on LinkedIn. It's been a useful way to see the legal commentaries that are out there. I've also found jobs on there that I haven't found anywhere else (by seeing people I follow share the job posting). I've also written articles and shared it there to increase my own exposure (I was told that as a junior hunting for jobs that this is a good way to get exposure). Those are some of the reasons I'm on there.
  6. @Aureliuse haha. Although that does bring to mind how recently, summer students started updating their linkedin’s right after getting OCI’s and posting about it on LinkedIn. Several lawyers then commented on how it used to be the custom (e.g in 2019) that you don’t really publicise that kind of thing so as to be sensitive to all those who didn’t get an offer. And that started up the debate of how people should be able to celebrate their wins without having to be responsible about how everyone else is feeling. Anyway, I thought that was interesting. Also, this is apparently a trend that started up due to the pandemic and people not being able to celebrate the way they usually do. I’m painfully aware that this reveals that I check my LinkedIn quite often - I’ve found it really useful for job hunting and keeping up to date with recent case law, etc.
  7. Yep - I do tend to overthink and probably needed to be called out on that lol. Appreciate your answer!
  8. I am curious about what everyone thinks: when you start a new job, do you update LinkedIn right away or do you wait until the standard three month probationary period is over? I was leaning towards the latter but was recently speaking with someone who disagreed. They said it shows more of a commitment to your new firm if you update your LinkedIn right away. I think that doing my work well and showing initiative etc., would signal my commitment to the new firm better than updating my LinkedIn. Not to mention - I’d rather wait until I’m out of the probationary period until I start updating things. Anyway, I wondered what everyone thinks.
  9. @Dalila2 Sent you a PM with some resources that I hope will help...
  10. I don’t know if this is helpful but Faskens has sample cover letters: https://www.fasken.com/es/careers/lawstudents/-/media/a047344a484641e0a58c792321fd216e.ashx I also found this guide on cover letters just now (just a google search) that seems helpful: https://inter-alia.ca/2019/01/16/some-advice-on-writing-cover-letters This is the uOttawa resume and cover letter guide: https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/sites/commonlaw.uottawa.ca/files/naked_resumes_and_cover_letters_2017.pdf Most of these are Ontario focused and I’m not sure if there are specific ways law firms in BC want your applications to be structured. So if I were you I would also go to my law school’s career office and ask if they have tips on that.
  11. Thanks very much, appreciate you sharing!
  12. As an aside - I’m interested in learning what these books/articles are if you’re willing to share!
  13. Keep applying and don’t give up hope. Plenty of (perfectly good, sometimes top notch boutique) firms hire students after the formal articling recruits and some have lawyers who look beyond a students’ grades to other aspects of their application. Highlight your strengths in you cover letter, what makes you unique, what you can bring to the firm. And if you’re in your final year - sounds like you are - work your butt off to ace the rest of your classes. And, do internships if possible (my school had internships where the school found us lawyers and organisations to work with for course credit) and get great references. References are key in that they can vouch for your potential even if you don’t have good grades on paper - seeing as they have worked with you and know your work ethic. If you did bad the first year, let it go - you can’t get it back. Focus on what you can do from here on out. There are firms that are understanding and would look past the first year if you prove you can work hard and pull up your grades later. If they ask what happened, you can explain how you had a rough first year but managed to overcome it and not let it define you. That shows your resilience. Keep applying to all the other firms that are still hiring as well as cold email firms that aren’t formally hiring / network with lawyers. You will be fine - just don’t drop the ball and keep working at it.
  14. The different OBA section newsletters are also good places to publish - it will get you some exposure. Is there a specific area of law you are interested in writing on? Edit: apologies, I made the mistake of assuming you are based in Ontario - I feel a bit ashamed. You can look up the CBA section newsletters for the province you are located in and reach out to the newsletter editor to get your article published.
  15. I’ve had interviews where (non big law) firms were digging into the firm where I was currently working at instead of actually being interested in me. Turned me off completely. I don’t know if this is a thing firms do to sniff out competition etc. but it didn’t make me want to work there even if I had ended up getting it. Heard through the grapevine that they never ended up hiring for that position at all. And this was pre-pandemic. So I feel like some firms also advertise for associates just to see what’s/who’s out there and then not end up hiring. It’s frustrating.
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