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  1. If you decide you aren't going to send them but despite your decision you are going to think non-stop about sending them, then just send them, because if you don't it will drive you nuts and may make you question the outcome in a bad way. I know other people said don't send them but I still think it's better to be on the safe side and send them if the firm didn't tell you not to. If you're saying you did send an email but it had an "error", what kind of error do you mean? Don't re-address a question...just my opinion.
  2. I found out directly from a senior partner at McMillan Ottawa that while the Ottawa office knows you applied to Toronto, they don`t take it into account either way when assessing your application. This isn`t to say that other firms don`t take it into account.
  3. I like Newfoundland tbh ... he never reacts to any of the extremely disparaging comments people make about him on this site
  4. Possibly this, mixed with the fact that they did not know how to sustain a likeable and interesting image for more than one or two interviews. This person has an extremely boring personality and I don't think they could fake being otherwise. I know a lot of arrogant turds who were hired, they are just better at "playing the game". I can't speak authoritatively on this but in my opinion, they likely came off as extremely bland yet arrogant. Edit: a couple of interviews may not have been their fault - sometimes you really don't click with the interviewer and there is nothing you could have done.
  5. enough already I do know someone who had a full slate of Toronto OCIs and walked away with no job, but not zero in-firms. I literally heard them bragging about how it was so easy to schedule their first five interviews, but then it was just like, so many omg. Sure enough I saw them at Toronto OCIs for the whole time I was there (4 interviews) and they were there all day according to several other people. They did not get a job in that recruit, nor in the Ottawa recruit which they participated in, and they are now articling at a ... firm … that I am very sure they did not ever envision themselves working at. So yes I know you asked specifically about OCI to in-firm but I just want to let you know it can go from a full slate to no job for sure.
  6. I did both Solicitor and Barrister last June. Here is information about my experience. I finished my last exam around April 23rd or 24th, I can't remember. I ordered the exam materials online and the second they became available I made a schedule to read 50-60 pages per day with one day off every 10 days and stuck to it. I went to a shop to print them myself. I went on a short holiday in the first week of May, but I stuck to my schedule while on holiday. I guess the only difference was that I was in a warm climate away from all the hype. I did not work with other people and I ordered the index from that company everyone orders from, I think it's Ontario Law Exam. In the last week before barrister, I made a chart for appeal routes (very useful for public and criminal law sections). I took one full day off after Barrister. In that last week before both exams I took every single practice test available, multiple times, under timed conditions etc. Even the shitty weird ones. I don't exactly remember how I split up the material but I do remember that I read all of real estate for Solicitor first (it was huge) before getting into Barrister stuff. I passed both exams. Looking back I am glad I did the exams like that even though it felt like hell because of how dense, boring, and repetitive the material was. I didn't feel rushed per se, but I definitely felt stressed. I obviously cannot tell you if my way was the right way for you. I had multiple crying breakdowns mainly due to how insanely boring and dense the material was, but I had a good support system. Also it didn't help that I was very tired because I grinded very hard the whole semester (later found out I made Dean's List, so it was worth it). Jumping straight into studying for the bar after working so insanely hard all semester was very tough for me. But you can do it if you have people to rely on and a schedule that you can stick to. And buy the index, don't make your own.
  7. To be fair none of us know who @Newfoundland is IRL and they could have it together but just let it all out on this forum.
  8. I am not too sure about your comparisons and can't speak definitively about salaries widening or closing so I will just defer to others in this forum on that who actually know for sure... I just know that my family member is not saving as much as they thought they would. However they live alone in a "nice" (but actually not that nice tbh) area where rent is around 4000K a month and they go out to restaurants, enjoy shopping once in a while, manicures, etc., it all adds up. I am aware that not everyone would be living this kind of lifestyle and some would want to save more money and would definitely be able to. I just think there is a big possibility that you may sacrifice quality of life in New York if you try saving on that salary. So that's why I said it's probably not worth it for the money.
  9. One of my close family members works as an associate in New York. They make 190K a year but that is $130K after taxes as @setto said. Their rent is very high and so is everything else. They are not saving a lot of money and I think they are getting burnt out. I do not think it`s worth it unless you have a significant other in New York or something other than the money is driving you to work there - maybe some other good opportunities in the U.S. could be available to you after a few years as an associate in NY.
  10. Articling female here - not treated poorly. I am not trying to start an argument or sound mean but too many people expect to be treated by everyone the way their parents treat them and it is just not going to happen. You need to manage your expectations.
  11. I am not socially awkward but I did not make a lot of friends in 1L. I found people to be really insecure and loud and desperate to try and act cool, maybe because they were never considered cool before - I don't know. I understand the cliquey vibe, it is not normal. Just know that they are super insecure and trying their "best" to fit in. I had a lot of friends in law school by 3L, people started calming down later on. Just give it time.
  12. Update for anyone who is interested (prob no one but just in case): I graduated on Dean's List for my last semester. I still took difficult classes like before and grinded real hard and didn't go outside. Average back up to a decently respectable level. Thanks Question for people who are in the know: will ending up on Dean's List look good if looking for associate jobs (Big Law, good litigation boutiques) down the line? Or will they be like well they were doing okay up until first semester of 3L, when their average dropped to a C+ so nah we don't care about the upturn the following semester. I did get A+'s in challenging business classes last semester (think secured transactions, advanced tax, etc.).
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