I articled in-house at a municipal government and now work at a private firm doing comparable work. I've never had a disparaging comment about my articles and for many public law or administrative law related practice areas, specialized in-house experience is generally how many people get started. My articles were probably an advantage because I didn't have to waste time doing rotations in other practice areas which I had no interest and which have become irrelevant to what I actually do now.
I have heard from colleagues that it is different when you work in-house for a corporation, when the in-house legal department has a more limited mandate, so there might be some stigma there. But all in-house positions are different, and in insurance defence, for example, working in-house for an insurer has never seemed to be an issue for colleagues I know.
You just apply for government positions like any other. I've seen very rare examples however where people at the summer student level approached municipalities for positions and were later hired back without a more formal recruit
Just so people are aware, the Dean sent out an email containing the following today:
“Incoming Class of 2023
I am pleased to report that, as of yesterday, our incoming class – the Class of 2023 – is complete and is made up of more than 300 talented, diverse, accomplished and eager new law students. An enthusiastic student-run Orientation Committee, lead by O-Week Chairs Victor Turcanu, Sydney McIvor and Cory Soininen, is busy developing an exciting events schedule to welcome the first-years. Orientation starts on August 27 and classes – predominantly online – will begin on August 31.“
It seems likely that no more movement from the Waitlist will occur.