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  1. In fairness, most people in law school just pass their courses. If I was a B/B+ student in 1L and 2L and could be a B/B+ student in 3L by riding the curve, why wouldn’t I?
  2. Woah woah woah. Do you mean to tell me that it’s conceivable for some businesses to interview candidates in different ways based on their internal HR philosophy? Crazy. What a world.
  3. None of the firms I interviewed with last year conducted telephone interviews first.
  4. Yeah, they are but the size and application varies from firm to firm.
  5. Who is talking about value to their employer? Students are worthless. That doesn’t mean they have no leverage.
  6. It’s really not that high. The students going to a firm like Davies have other options, both in the Toronto market and outside of it. If Davies were to cut pay, or let their pay fall below the street, they wouldn’t be able to attract and retain the talent they do. And talent is all a law firm has – nobody is going to Davies because they have a nice painting in their boardroom. Does the balance of power rest with the firm? Absolutely. But to suggest that it’s a truly one sided relationship is just silly.
  7. What, you think they did it out of the goodness of their hearts? It’s entirely about leverage. Just because an increase isn’t spurred by a threat to unionize or quit doesn’t mean it’s not about leverage.
  8. But nobody is going to pay me 100 bucks a month to take out my oven. Someone will charge me $100 less to rent an apartment without an oven. I’m totally fine with that. Why do you care if other people want to live in apartments that more efficiently use their space?
  9. If someone offered my partner and I $100 a month to take out our oven, we’d take it. I don’t think we’ve turned the thing on in months, and we certainly haven’t used it regularly since we both started working.
  10. Davies ABLWs are essentially entirely grades based, and take a ton of JD/MBA students too. For that reason, it’s probably the toughest stats-based one to get into. That said, there’s different versions of hard. I’d rather apply to a grades-based clinic than do a substantive interview a la the criminal law intensive.
  11. I thought lawyers were supposed to get past the whole woe-is-me-law-school-is-the-hardest-thing-in-the-world complex. Why haven’t you?
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