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  1. Whoops lol. Thanks for pointing that out! Edit -- the reason I said 2020 was because I was going off of OP's dates. Which leads me to believe that they might not be inquiring about this current semester, but rather, winter 2020 as being the onset of the pandemic. OP, if you're wondering whether law schools will be disregarding those grades solely because they were awarded at the start of COVID, then my answer is I don't see why not. Though I obviously can't say for certain.
  2. If you receive an offer before your Winter 2020 grades are released, then no, as that would not be possible. If you haven't received an offer by the time your Winter 2020 grades are released, then yes, they will use them.
  3. This is why you should take corporate classes but also take general classes e.g. estates, evidence, family, etc. Keep your options open just in case.
  4. Depends. If you’re talking about firms that hire via the OCI process, then no, don’t bother. If it’s a firm that hires outside of the formal recruit process, i.e. a blurb on their website about how they traditionally hire 2Ls, then it might be worth a shot.
  5. You can ask but in my experience it’s a waste of everybody’s time. They will all give you the same cookie cutter answers - “it was especially competitive this year”, or, “you didn’t do anything wrong, it’s just that it’s 30 candidates for 5 spots”. YMMV though.
  6. They matter to some degree, but it’s hard to quantify. I wouldn’t characterize them as “really important”. Certainly, there are schools that place more weight on them (e.g. Windsor). But by and large your GPA (or B2/B3/L2 depending on the school) + LSAT are far more important. As long as you’ve done something - because doing absolutely nothing may leave the admissions committees with the impression that you’re a square who can only focus on schoolwork - you’ll be alright.
  7. I guess it depends on the rest of you package e.g. your other marks and LSAT score. I had pretty bad first year grades but strong second and third year grades. I was fortunate to receive a few offers in early December (before fourth year first semester grades were sent). If that doesn’t happen for you, don’t worry, because the majority of acceptances will come out after the new year, at which point they will have some fourth year grades.
  8. Just ask. In my experience, if they know who you are and if you got a good grade in the course, most of them are more than happy to write a letter for you.
  9. This is a really bad take. Like, really bad.
  10. By past experiences I meant with law firms in general, i.e. they will lead you on and not follow through in the end. This of course was not my experience with my current firm - I am glad I ended up here as they were all wonderful and I have no doubt that their intentions are genuine. Happy to hear your comments about what it takes to not actually receive an articling offer. Thanks!
  11. I'm curious as to what the etiquette is for people who have 2L jobs lined up with respect to applying for articling positions. My firm traditionally hires back 100% of its summers (I was explicitly told this by multiple lawyers and students during the interview process). And while I do believe that they meant that, my past experiences with firms have put me in a position where I don't fully trust anything unless and until I have something in writing. My concern is that the dates for the articling recruit are coming up -- especially for areas outside of Toronto -- and I don't want to be a position where I haven't applied anywhere and then am not ultimately offered an articling position at my current firm. On the other hand, I don't want my firm to think I was shopping around, or end up accepting an offer elsewhere before my current firm has a chance to offer me to come back.Add a pandemic into the mix too, whereby our start date has been delayed, and I'm just not sure what to do or what's going to happen. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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