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Barely slept last night... Kept waking up in a mild panic. I told myself I wouldn't let this process get to me, but it really has. 

Good luck you guys. At least we're almost there.

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Hello darkness my old friend....

Well gang, after getting dinged last night and tossing and turning about it since then, I just want to say that for anyone else who doesn’t get the news they want, please don’t let it bring you down too badly. I was pretty pissed when I got the news, but I’ve finally made peace with it. 

There are some really incredible people on this forum who are 100% right when they say that this is only the very beginning of what is going to be a lifetime of great opportunities in our careers. We really are lucky to even be in law school, to have these opportunities now that we used to fantasize about when we were studying for the LSAT and wondering if we’d ever get accepted. If this isn’t the path that works out, it really is okay. There are tons and tons of opportunities still out there.

Now, if anyone wants to drink away this day with me virtually, please feel free to join in. 

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I have posted this before in years past but I will post it again:

Many years ago, I had a full slate of in-firms and didn’t get a job. I kept my grades up and got an interesting summer job through my school’s CDO. I landed an articling position through the articling recruit at a firm that allowed me to find my niche area of practice. A couple of years post-call I was headhunted by a firm that participates in this process and didn’t even give me an OCI back in the day, who had a need for an associate in my area of practice. Now I get to sit on the other side of the table and interview students for these jobs.

Keep your head up, get a job, be good at what you do, and if you want it there are still opportunities to get back to these firms. 

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So what actually happens tonight after 5PM? How late do firms go with their offers? I imagine with certain people turning down offers that firms thought were sure things, are a new wave of offers extended into later this week? I believe the deadline to accept is 24 hours - so is there usually activity of new offers after the initial rejections by some candidates?

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11 hours ago, pzabbythesecond said:

Why? Anyone who strikes out is very likely to do that recruit, and it's likely a good chunk of them (I.e a large number of law students) get jobs. It makes perfect sense.

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26 minutes ago, talos said:

So what actually happens tonight after 5PM? How late do firms go with their offers? I imagine with certain people turning down offers that firms thought were sure things, are a new wave of offers extended into later this week? I believe the deadline to accept is 24 hours - so is there usually activity of new offers after the initial rejections by some candidates?

Although candidates can hold their offers, I believe it wraps up pretty quickly in practice. I think usually what happens when a candidate receives an offer from Firm A but is hoping for one from Firm B, the candidate will hold offer A and call Firm B to confirm they have filled all of their positions. Once Firm B confirms, they’ll call Firm A back to accept. I suppose a candidate could receive two offers and then take a full day to decide, but I think that’s a rare case.

If candidates flatly turn them down, the firm just moves down to the next name on its call list. 

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For government jobs (MAG), is the fact that they’ve contacted all your references a good sign or do they do this for every candidate? They contacted my references pretty soon after my interview. Also how late after 5pm will offers be extended?

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7 hours ago, JaysFan364 said:

I don't think it had anything to do with your written apps. The sense I got -as a fellow colleague going through this same process- is that the in-firm interview stage didn't go as well as you planned.

I took a much different approach and didn't do much prep at all apart from briefly reading the bios of all the people I was slated to meet with that day. 

After that, I just went into it being myself and trying to have a natural conversation with my interviewers. No pre-made lines. No speeches. I answered their questions to the best of my ability in what I believe was an honest way. 

I obviously can't say how successful this strategy was until Wednesday evening, but I got a positive response from every firm I gave strong signals to during the Monday interview.

I'd encourage you to do some mock interviews (if possible) with your career development office where you just wing it. Just go into the interview with very limited prep and see how it turns out. 

I recall you asked if certain types of questions (behavioural vs others) gave away certain kinds of signals from interviewers. To be honest, I've gone through this process with over 20 Interviews so far and I don't think I can readily identify -in the moment- what a behavioural Q is vs other types. I answer whatever Q is thrown at me as if it were my friend asking the same Q. I was really surprised at the level of analysis that you applied to this process. Frankly, it made me anxious on the weekend because I wasn't prepping much at all as compared to you (or at least from what I read based on your questions).

I don't know if this will help you in thinking about this recruitment process differently, but I thought maybe it would help hearing more from a fellow student in the trenches with you currently that is experiencing this stressful recruit cycle with you. 

Cheers and good luck!

I am not trying to disagree with you as that may have been my downfall but almost none of the questions asked to me by the firms that didnt like me enough for a second round were questions I prepared for or got asked in mocks beyond like what is your favorite law class, tell me about yourself. 

I don't know. I thought at one firm all my interviews went well, it had energy, natural convo but I guess not. Another firm I agree there was less conversation in one round but idk it seemed the interviewers did not have much questions for me 

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Did your written app still play a role in decieding who gets call back after your first in-firm? Thinking if I need to change my written app 

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2 hours ago, talos said:

Hello darkness my old friend....

Well gang, after getting dinged last night and tossing and turning about it since then, I just want to say that for anyone else who doesn’t get the news they want, please don’t let it bring you down too badly. I was pretty pissed when I got the news, but I’ve finally made peace with it. 

There are some really incredible people on this forum who are 100% right when they say that this is only the very beginning of what is going to be a lifetime of great opportunities in our careers. We really are lucky to even be in law school, to have these opportunities now that we used to fantasize about when we were studying for the LSAT and wondering if we’d ever get accepted. If this isn’t the path that works out, it really is okay. There are tons and tons of opportunities still out there.

Now, if anyone wants to drink away this day with me virtually, please feel free to join in. 

I keep getting rejected, including the lunch one I was asking about. I have made peace in the sense yeah sucks and I am done but have not made peace in accepting it like I see a really rough path ahead. But my concern is the path to the OCI jobs and not the other ventures in law and I think that is what is causing me to not be at peace. Maybe more paths to come or not, and then on the top of my head in the future I am thinknig will this job lead me to a full service venture or not 

 

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31 minutes ago, Newfoundland said:

:(   What if we fail the articling recruit too then?

Then you start cold calling and sending out resumes privately while working your ass off. Here's the thing about the formal recruit, more so than other recruits in my opinion, is that in one sense its completely arbitrary. What separates candidate A from candidate B at this stage of the process? Candidate A jumped on the raptors band wagon and was able to talk about basketball with one recruiter who decided to fight for them. Maybe candidate A is third cousin twice removed from someone on the executive committee and this somehow comes to light and implicit nepotistic tendencies kick in. Who knows - no one.

There are contingencies no one will ever be able to control. This is to all the 2Ls out there going through this process not just yourself. Sometimes success is related to nothing specific and, for better or for worse, there is literally nothing you nor anyone can do about it.

Regarding your above post, if you got OCIs and went to in-firms you did everything right. Your resume was good enough to get the OCI and your talking points in the OCI were good enough to get you the in-firms. Stick with your guns and you'll land the job you want eventually.

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33 minutes ago, Newfoundland said:

:(   What if we fail the articling recruit too then?

you acknowledge the defeat, ask for feedback, and move on to other opportunities, and there will be other opportunities. I gather you are quite young and haven't had much disappointment/adversity in life, the point of all of this is to do better and improve upon your failures. Don't let this take over your life. 

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3 minutes ago, FingersCr0ssed said:

Then you start cold calling and sending out resumes privately while working your ass off. Here's the thing about the formal recruit, more so than other recruits in my opinion, is that in one sense its completely arbitrary. What separates candidate A from candidate B at this stage of the process? Candidate A jumped on the raptors band wagon and was able to talk about basketball with one recruiter who decided to fight for them. Maybe candidate A is third cousin twice removed from someone on the executive committee and this somehow comes to light and implicit nepotistic tendencies kick in. Who knows - no one.

There are contingencies no one will ever be able to control. This is to all the 2Ls out there going through this process not just yourself. Sometimes success is related to nothing specific and, for better or for worse, there is literally nothing you nor anyone can do about it.

Regarding your above post, if you got OCIs and went to in-firms you did everything right. Your resume was good enough to get the OCI and your talking points in the OCI were good enough to get you the in-firms. Stick with your guns and you'll land the job you want eventually.

You are saying maybe if I had a different interviewer in my first round my fortunes may have changed because of what could have been talked about to someone else or someone else is more eager to vouch for students? OH okay, it's because I noticed at an in-firm one lawyer had nothing annotated but another had my app printed out and was annotated so I was wondering if at the student committee they look through all your materials again :(

Does your last remark even apply to the firms that rejected me on monday and tuesday after lunch? 

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6 minutes ago, Oddduck said:

you acknowledge the defeat, ask for feedback, and move on to other opportunities, and there will be other opportunities. I gather you are quite young and haven't had much disappointment/adversity in life, the point of all of this is to do better and improve upon your failures. Don't let this take over your life. 

Can you just speak a bit more to what other opportunities you are referring to? Would the path to OCI jobs be even harder if we were unsuccesful in  artciling recruit, which may be even harder than OCI recruit. 

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35 minutes ago, Newfoundland said:

:(   What if we fail the articling recruit too then?

Then you do what many before you did and grind. 

Look, I applied to everywhere in during the OCI process, the Articling Process, etc. All told I probably applied to 150 places. I didn't have a 2L summer job because I couldn't find one. I had 4 different firms tell me that I was 3rd on their list for 2 jobs. I had 2 recruiters and 4 people I had coffee with say "how do you not have a job yet?". Like not even think it, say it to my face while I had to decide between sputtering "I don't know" and "Maybe at the end of this coffee you'll be able to tell me" as a response.

I have an articling job. I got it in February of 3L. It pays well and the hours are good. There are plenty of non-oci opportunities out there that offer a good articling experience. Smaller firms, some midsize, in-house, government, etc. You just have to accept that they aren't going to be wrapped in a pretty little bow and served to you. You have to set your job alerts on indeed/monster/workopolis/linkedin, check the various websites, go meet for coffees, etc. In other words, you have to actually job hunt. And I know it sucks, but there isn't an alternative. 

 

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Sounds miserable. I 

14 minutes ago, whoknows said:

Then you do what many before you did and grind. 

Look, I applied to everywhere in during the OCI process, the Articling Process, etc. All told I probably applied to 150 places. I didn't have a 2L summer job because I couldn't find one. I had 4 different firms tell me that I was 3rd on their list for 2 jobs. I had 2 recruiters and 4 people I had coffee with say "how do you not have a job yet?". Like not even think it, say it to my face while I had to decide between sputtering "I don't know" and "Maybe at the end of this coffee you'll be able to tell me" as a response.

I have an articling job. I got it in February of 3L. It pays well and the hours are good. There are plenty of non-oci opportunities out there that offer a good articling experience. Smaller firms, some midsize, in-house, government, etc. You just have to accept that they aren't going to be wrapped in a pretty little bow and served to you. You have to set your job alerts on indeed/monster/workopolis/linkedin, check the various websites, go meet for coffees, etc. In other words, you have to actually job hunt. And I know it sucks, but there isn't an alternative. 

 

Sounds miserable to still be search mode and enver being able to really enjoy law school :( Law school seems to me to be about job searches for the majority of the time

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7 minutes ago, Newfoundland said:

Sounds miserable to still be search mode and enver being able to really enjoy law school :( Law school seems to me to be about job searches for the majority of the time

Just pretend it's document review and you can have both a Bay St. experience and apply for jobs at the same time.

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