Thank you - that makes sense. I thought the transferability was simple, so I figured if the summer jobs are online, I would apply everywhere. However, your response encourages me to cold call firms outside of the OCI process.
It really depends on whether the firm has an opening for an articling student at that other office. Also, by letting you transfer they would be creating a hole in the office you summered at. My gut feeling is that they wouldn't let you switch offices unless you had a compelling/compassionate reason to do so. You'd probably have a better shot at transferring once you become an associate, but then you'd also need to transfer your license if you're moving between provinces.
There's a reason that each office hires separately - its to meet their individual needs. You can certainly try, but you have to accept that the most likely outcome is being stuck where you are (or leaving the firm entirely).
If BigLaw is so important that it takes priority over where you want to live, then go for it. This question makes me concerned that you're overly focused on OCIs - don't forget that the vast majority of jobs exist outside of the OCI process.
I would give it some more time and just have some patience. You have to consider the hundreds of documents they have to process, sort through, organize, review, and then while doing so, admit new students and begin reviewing additional documents for scholarships. Definitely not fun waiting but I feel for the admission committee and their staff, it is a big task!
Not necessarily, you can receive an e-mail saying your application is being reviewed but may wait weeks/months for a decision. Although it may be quick, I wouldn't bet on it. I would view that e-mail more as your file is complete and ready for review rather than it being reviewed with a decision imminently.
If I land a summer job in one city and they want to hire me for articling, is it possible to negotiate securing that articling job with the firm in a different city the firm operates in? Technically, with OCIs likely being online/remote this year, I wonder if it makes sense to apply to as many cities as possible to increase the chance of landing an OCI. Thank you.