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  1. Yes. It was confirmed by Faculty at the last Faculty Council meeting. There was a proposal by faculty to make it half year before the pandemic. Students were very opposed and demonstrated their opposition. They said okay, we'll go back and think more about it but we won't implement it until after we consult students and give it more though. Then the pandemic hit, and over the summer they suddenly implemented it for this year, to the dismay of the student body. They have now confirmed next year will go back to "normal," but that doesn't guarantee it won't change in future years.
  2. I’m not a 1L so I won’t comment on that experience in the pandemic. I’ll just add that the small group course next year will be full-year again and it will likely feature a smaller class size as well. These classes are most likely to be in person.
  3. Echoing this, it really varies. And it can vary within practice groups and throughout the summer. I did 50-60h some weeks, including some weekend work, and then 3-hour days another week. Some days as low as .2 docketed all day. My firm was cool with us enjoying the relaxed days where we had almost nothing to do as long as we did work when we did have it. The unpredictability is probably worse than the actual hours.
  4. For sure. I'm not blind to the obvious nuance in this and I acknowledge we shouldn't blindly chase every single thing that we happen to want. But in the context of a clerkship, which has clear benefits but may detract you from a year of a "planned" career path in law, I don't think the risks are such that you should turn down the opportunity if you really want it.
  5. In agreement with @albertabean. At UofT, people use Facebook groups and events for everything. You can hear about upcoming events and stuff from the law school e-mails, but I honestly think you'll probably miss some important stuff if you're not on Facebook. I think it's worth having a Facebook account for this purpose alone, even if you don't use it for anything else.
  6. I have two friends currently clerking at different trial courts. Both feel quite good about their future and have indicated that (1) the judges are actively helping them with their job search, and (2) there are a number of firms who have reached out to their clerking cohorts directly to invite them to apply to their firms. Obviously an invitation to apply isn't the same as an offer, but it clearly indicates interest. And a reference letter from a judge is a pretty sweet testament to your abilities. I recently watched a "fireside chat" with Justice Abella for an event I was attending. I'm paraphrasing here, but she said something along the lines of "do what interests you and the rest will follow." I'm just a lowly 2L with little wisdom, but I trust her take. If clerking is something you really want to do, do it. It is unlikely that it will set you back. Regardless, even if one year set you back somehow, it will mean very little in the grand scheme of your career, but the experience of clerking will be very valuable to you if it's something that interests you greatly. Also echoing what others have said about applying to appellate courts in 2L. The advice not to apply makes little sense. There's a better shot in 3L but I know of at least a handful of people who are clerking at major appellate courts during articling. I'm sure they'll have very enviable job opportunities post-clerkship and will go on to deservedly flex the clerkship in their law firm bios for years to come.
  7. To add to the great advice in this thread so far, here's my take on how to prep for exam courses. First, if you know you haven't gotten top grades so far, do your readings. At least make note of the facts of each case so you can understand every class. Sometimes in the last 1/2 to 1/3 of the semester, start outlining. I recommend outlining with friends, as that worked for me, but it's all personal preference. When you outline something and you're a little confused, make a comment on the document about what your question is. Do this even if it's not a question, even just an area that you didn't fully understand while you were outlining. I prefer super short outlines because it forces you to include only what you need and no extraneous case summaries and the like. I've seen so many people make 100+ page outlines just to use 1% of it and spend time scrambling to find out what they need in the doc during the exam. When you're done outlining, go to the professor's office hours and ask them all of the questions from the comments that you made on your outline. Talk through the concepts that feel weird and ask how they actually apply. In the last few days before the exam, do past exams from the same course for practice. Actually sit down and do a 3h practice exam. If you're able, compare them to available answers. I know my law student government keeps a bank of past exam answers (with the grade that was given) and I'm sure some others do too. See if you missed any issues when you did the practice exam by comparing it to these exam answers. When you miss a relevant issue in a practice exam and you realize it after the fact, I guarantee you your likelihood of missing the same issue on the actual exam is far lower.
  8. $1900/w at my firm (Bay St) last summer. I took home about $1600 of that after deductions.
  9. In 1L I read and summarized all the cases before class because I was super keen. It was unnecessary IMO. I ended up having a lot of extraneous info on the cases and most of it ended up being pretty irrelevant when I made my actual outlinse. I switched to just reading then making some quick notes on the facts only. It worked a lot better. I just wrote down the relevant holdings in the actual class and it saved me a ton of time I used to devote to making these case summaries before class.
  10. UofT is definitely the place to go if you're interested in NYC. However, I'll just echo that you definitely are taking a big bet on getting NYC-tier grades. I know of some exceptions, but the vast vast majority of people that I know going to New York this summer are within the top 20% of the case.
  11. I know Brampton went out early today.
  12. Ah yeah it does sounds firm dependent then.
  13. I wasn't last year during my virtual summer. I think for most firms, you just connected to an in-firm computer on your at-home desktop. There were a bunch of little security things built in though. My phone password was a billion characters.
  14. All the articling students at my firm had firm laptops, and I think phones too.
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