I imagine recruiters skim resumes in a similar fashion to how one might skim a case brief before coming to class - I highly doubt they will notice something like that, and if they do, it certainly won't be a deciding factor. 😊
Yeah, that's the problem. Law schools admit more students than there are articling positions. Many firms get away with exploiting their students because you need to article (or do the LPP in Ontario, which is a whole other can of worms) to become a lawyer. I was one of those students who just sucked it up. It was an awful 10 months and I moved to greener pastures after. Do I think everyone else should just suck it up? No. I think there are better solutions out there and that the LSO can do better... but here we are.
In 1L, most of your classes will be full year. In those classes, you'll have a midterm in December and a final in April, usually worth 30/70 of your grade. There are two exceptions. Exception #1 is LRWA, which is assignment based and taught by your small group prof. Exception #2 is either Ethics or Corporate, you get to choose which you take in second semester (whichever you don't, you take in first semester of 2L) and that's just a half-year class so one final exam at the end worth 100%. There are optional assignments in Corp/Ethics that can reduce the weight of the final exam if you opt in to them, but I seem to recall last year both profs saying that nobody had exercised that option in a very long time.
In your upper year classes, evaluation varies. I had classes in the fall that were 100% exam (with optional assignments to reduce that weight), others with small participation elements, and others that were entirely paper based. It depends on the course and the prof.