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  1. Said it before and I'll say it again: I didn't send thank you notes and it didn't hurt me in the grand scheme. They are ridiculous.
  2. I had a similar experience in my civ pro class (i.e. had to draft at least one of every type of pleading) with review by a practitioner. I went to Queens around 10 years ago.
  3. I demonstrated interest through general litigation moots and my course selection for later years.
  4. Here's a thought: do you actually want to do labour and employment law?
  5. Thought people might like to read this: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/03/03/abusive-workplaces-for-articling-students-is-becoming-a-trend-that-needs-attention-report.html
  6. In my more limited exposure to this I wouldn't say that the "courting" is that direct. Events are held, invites to dinners are made, but I think the mutual understanding is more about keeping up a connection rather than trying achieve a quid pro quo. I would say, especially for my organization, any appearance of a quid pro quo of that nature would be extremely inappropriate.
  7. It's not rare probably but there is the "oh shit" moment when someone threatens you with physical violence.
  8. I have been told of this nefarious cheating strategy where you "write" information on your brain which you can then "read" during the exam. It totally works because the proctors can't even see the you wrote anything down at all!
  9. I needed more space than an apartment for a growing family, and buying made the same economic sense as renting since the carrying costs were essentially equal.
  10. You plan on having a $3000-$4000 mortgage payment on a $600K home? How much do you expect to put down?
  11. This sums up my feelings as well about my career.
  12. A point I have made in other threads regarding recruitment has some bearing on this question and issue, at least I believe it does. One piece of advice that you'll receive when you enter summering/articling/practice is that while you are developing as a lawyer you have to stay true to yourself. You cannot be someone else's version of a "good lawyer". If nothing else this is true on a practical level, to try and be someone else is essentially impossible and inevitably the facade will crack. So, what you are left with, is that the path to success is essentially to be "you". Now, this isn't to say that being "you" won't rub some people the wrong way. There will be people who don't like what you bring to the table. Some of those people will be recruiters or partners making hiring decisions. Being "you" will therefore close those doors, and that is, frankly, unavoidable. And just as frankly, do you even want to work for people who don't actually like "you"? This is a scary proposition given what I understand the legal job market is like now (my search for legal work happened almost a decade ago now), but at the end of the day if you are being strategic for the sake of having a job, you run the severe risk of hating the job you get. How that relates to an online profile is this: Your online profile is essentially a statement of who "you" are. As such, I wouldn't worry too much about what is put on there (within reason) and in fact would lean into it.
  13. I sometimes wonder whether being successful through the OCI process wasn't really a curse. I think I could've avoided some amount of headache for myself if I was forced to find something outside of that process.
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