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  1. I have heard people need 80+ from Windsor for Big Law in Toronto.
  2. I think you'll get a decent number of OCIs, around 10 is my guess
  3. Having a a bit of experience in recruitment (not in a firm) i think I can comment a little on this. If you make it into in firms, congratulations! It means you are good on paper, you are also good at socializing and can make a good conversation with people you just met without being too nervous. now from in firm to offer, you need to check one or more of these qualities. 1. You are extremely socialable, great at conversations, always know when to say what. Think about the very good sales people you have met, how they make you very comfortable even when you know they are trying to sell you something. 2. Extremely smart, you can answer question straight to the point, relate to past experiences and know what your interviewers are really asking for each question. Answering in a very thoughtful, concise and honest way would leave a great impression. 3. Great connections at the firm and people vouch for you. This goes a long way. You still need to have a combation of 1 and 2. 4. You fit the firm’s diversity needs plus a combination of 1 and 2. i think it goes without saying you must know your resume inside and out, but many people don’t have great stories, or don’t spend enough time on them to make them interesting. In firms are your opportunities to throw a sales pitch, there are people who are naturally good at selling. If you want to beat them, you must practice, practice and practice. The differences between candidates are really hair splitting at this stage. It’s like going from A to A+, to get that extra 2% you have to work for it.
  4. I’m going to raise the unpopular opinion. I really do think reading ahead is helpful. There are many readings in 1L that I did not get a chance to do that I wish I had. Just read for information or even the format of judgement is I think helpful especially while you have all the time in the world right now. Don’t memorize anything obviously or take notes since the law may have changed.
  5. Tbh, don’t waste your energy. Work on your classes and I don’t mean this in a negative way, I regret applying to the 1L recruitment last year and all the unnecessary stress.
  6. Your grade is totally fine for 2L recruit and you are already in a way better position than 60% of your class. Please be considerate of others as many people are browsing this site right now.
  7. That’s good to know, I turned down their interview for that exact reason. Happy to know they have turned their ship around.
  8. I can second this as well, absolutely true. I felt the pressure on me is completely off and I was able to ask questions I really care about.
  9. so the process is done now, I want to share some of what I have learned for future students going through this. This is obviously my personal experience, read with caution as I may not be representative. I also interviewed with bigger sized firms on the street. I’m not sure if these are true for smaller firms. 1. When you get asked for a second day interview it does not mean you are safe. Half of my second day were spent trying to sell myself and the other half were obviously more about firms trying to sell themselves to me. You have to read the signals which means asking firms after the interview whether you should come back for the third day, if they can’t tell you right away, you are not their top candidate. 2. I believe firms cross off spots rather quickly, the earlier you can convey your interest the better but please do it when you are ready. I found the end of the second day worked for me as I have interviewed with everyone twice. I have picked up signals from firms that are interested in me and just needed to decide where I would like to be. 3. If you can’t decide by end of second day, and do not want to lie to the firms that they are your top choice. Tell them where they rank in your system is helpful. Firms work with % of people who may accept, so telling them that they are your top two helps them work the uncertainty in the decision. It’s a gesture of good faith and I believe it comes across positive on the person. 4. Dinner is a wild card, I don’t know how do people out perform others in these situations. I do know that once you nailed the interviews you are probably fine just being yourself at dinners. 5. Your host is a good way to get information. Ask them about your interviewers, your chances, how your interviews went. They know your chances if you are a top candidate, they know very little if you are not and the firm is still deciding. The amount of information you can get out of them is indicative. 6. Come prepared. It doesn’t matter if you have an amazing story or not, what matters is you come prepared with thoughtful answers and a good attitude. Start preparing in the summer if you have to, it comes through in interviews. 7. It doesn’t matter what time you interview with firms on Monday, as long as they are on Monday you have a good shot.
  10. I only have two confirmations so far by email, I think it’s normal
  11. A lot of the firms have interviews at 4pm making it impossible to go to a 5pm reception. I have been invited to a reception at 6:30pm. I don’t see why would they schedule a reception when most people cannot attend.
  12. it has been suggested more than once here that you can fit in a reception and a dinner on one night. I'm sure OP is just trying to boost his/her chance.
  13. I did get one, It sounded like a copy paste email.
  14. First interviews usually happen on Monday. People usually do 4 or 5. Not sure about first interviews on Tuesday, I think it’s a waste of time but others may think differently.
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