With recent discussion of job satisfaction more generally and thinking of the original topic, hopefully there is at least some work one does while articling (and/or work one is exposed to even if can't do it yet, assisting a lawyer) that gives one more satisfaction, is more interesting, etc. And that's part of the learning experience, not just how to do law but what areas of law (or sub-areas if at a specialized firm) you prefer.
That is, hopefully someone in OP's boat can try to mentally separate out unhappiness with the hours and workload, or personalities of some, from liking/preferring certain types of work.
If you hate everything you do - not just the hours and workload and people, but the work itself - well, that's a much tougher situation.
Two friends from Osgoode turned down dinners during the 1L recruit last year and ultimately received offers at the firm they turned down (and one didn't receive an offer from the firm she had dinner with). I know upper years that got positions through the 2L recruit in the same manner. Anecdotal, for sure, but you don't need to attend a firms dinner to get an offer.
If it's a big group dinner with everyone in-firming, then I think you could maybe get away with not going - just say you are already committed at that time but make sure you express interest in a second interview or otherwise coming back to the firm to meet more people.
If it's a dinner that's just you and a couple of the firms lawyers, then I would try to at least reschedule to a Tuesday dinner or lunch or coffee.
Maybe it is different in Toronto, but my Vancouver friends who flat out declined invitations to small dinners did not get offers from those firms, even though they were highly sought after top candidates. Which seems fair to me.
Try for a lunch, perhaps? If you turn down a dinner and the opportunity to meet more members of the firm, while many others have accepted that dinner, then your chances are likely going to be affected negatively. I don't think that should be a surprise to anyone.
Hi all, I come from a percentage school and am trying to calculate my L2 U of A GPA. U of A doesn't seem to have a conversion table available on their admissions site. So far I've found this: https://www.ualberta.ca/registrar/examinations/assessment-and-grading/grade-comparison-guide
Does anyone here know how to convert their transcript to U of A's scale? Thanks