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  1. 2020 call who did not graduate with honours due to some extremely low outlier grades (also had some very high grades). I articled at an international firm where I gained a lot of advocacy experience. I’ve had 5 interviews in the last 6 months and one offer from a reputable firm. All my interviews except for one were with Bay Street firms or with other firms not around Bay but with excellent reputations. They all asked for grades. Only one firm asked about a really bad grade. I was even interviewed for a position asking for 3-5 years experience. I felt they were very focused on my experience. I have never been interested in corporate law and I am unsure if things would be different if that’s what I was going for. I will also add that my grades in the courses that are “relevant” to the practice groups I interviewed with were in the A- to A+ range.
  2. Thanks everyone your posts are great. My next question is how much different is it being a first year associate from an articling student? Yes I know they are different obviously. I just want some details on the contrast if possible please.
  3. Hi, I am a new call starting as a litigation associate at a mid-size firm in Toronto. Does anyone have any advice for me on what to do, coming in as a new lawyer at a new firm, to set myself up for success? I know this question is very general, it’s like that on purpose. Any advice welcome.
  4. I think this may be the problem. I was told to take my time on tasks. Don`t go way too slowly but don`t minimize time spent. They will write off what they don`t want.
  5. Whoa 😕 . Can anyone confirm this?
  6. The firms in the Ottawa recruit are really tough on grades.
  7. My firm still hasn't decided and it's driving me absolutely nuts...by "how things pan out for articling students" do you mean how busy the students are and what they will be capable of as first-year associates?
  8. They ask shit like whether you should report a colleague to LawPro or the LSO for making strange faces during discovery. l m f a o. this is exactly what I have always thought. wow
  9. But what do they expect you to do for those 3 weeks? Unpaid work for your current firm?
  10. Yes I understand that - I guess I also have another question that may seem obvious. I don't know anything about employment law. If you start sending out resumes and applying for jobs does that mean you are treating it as a dismissal? Edit: Doing the above without telling the law firm, etc.
  11. Ok a credible poster has given me a helpful answer. Thanks!
  12. Because I don't want to appear insensitive in case they have a lot going on. I am just curious if this is an indication of anything.
  13. We were told the layoffs are temporary. By law it is a dismissal but employees can choose to sit tight and wait to see if they are hired back. I am wondering if they were considering it a dismissal.
  14. Oh, ok. Well I am talking just about people who were laid off. They took absolutely everything out of their office including diplomas, paintings etc.
  15. I went to the office yesterday to send some faxes and noticed that a couple people who were laid off have cleared out their offices. Is this normal? Are they treating it like a dismissal? They had a lot of stuff in there...
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