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  2. U of T vs Osgoode - Tax Law /CPA related question

    Nepotism is insidious too, in the sense that just having more connections in the industry will help you land somewhere better - all else equal - than without it. It's the ugly side of networking (where you're born into a network rather than hustle into one). I've seen it. I've accepted it because there isn't enough people with those sort of connections to fill all of the legal jobs. Yeah it sucks that my parents are engineers and not lawyers, and so I have less going for me than my classmate who's last name is well known in the community. But then, I've had certain advantages by being born into a certain class of wealth (and ability, I guess..). We should try to minimize it. But it's not the end of the world for sure, in today's market, if you're not on the "in".
  3. Scotiabank LOC application process experience

    Amazing! I actually sent a message to Morgan about this after I posted that. I didn't mean to make it sound like the mods weren't doing it or against it in any way, although I see now how I could've worded it differently.
  4. U of T vs Osgoode - Tax Law /CPA related question

    The Crown's office in my town employs the son of the head Crown from the next town over. It's not even subtle.
  5. Waitlist 2018

    If we don't hear back in a few more weeks I'll give them a call
  6. Scotiabank LOC application process experience

    It’s a fair assumption, IMHO.
  7. Scotiabank LOC application process experience

    What I was getting at is... Scotia employees should have just as much knowledge about their services (hopefully much more) as law students. It’s to our benefit to research this stuff, obviously, but it’s their job to give us the appropriate info too. Inner workings as in: you need to talk to *this* person to get your loan approved. I also think it’s fair to say that there is a bunch of financial information as pertains to Scotia’s business readily available on the internet. That doesn’t mean that they don’t need to tell you about their services when you visit/schedule an appointment in person. Hopefully we can agree on that much. Not sure why I ticked you off so much.
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  9. Calling all Aboriginal Applicants/Students

    Thank you! How did you find the job search for two months after the program?
  10. Waitlist 2018

    Ahhh that makes sense. Thanks! Also I’m #24 on the waitlist, so this wait is killing me to lol!
  11. Rejection/Waitlist

    What's your cGPA and B2 on the OLSAS scale? I'm surprised you haven't heard back yet.
  12. Waitlist 2018?

    How do i know if I'm in the waitlist? My minerva status is "Ready for Review". Is that a god new? Would I know if I was rejected? Thanks
  13. Suits for Women

    Why would you wear those to work? I think that would be weird for an everyday look. That's more of a red carpet thing - celebrities wear them to events but Beyonce and Katy Perry are not talking to judges or senior partners. Just get lash extensions if you really want long lashes - and not too unnaturally long!
  14. Suits for Women

    Are false eyelashes acceptable? Obviously not the dramatic in-your-face ones, but what about the more natural looking ones. I'm asking because I wear the natural-look ones but it's still clear (IMO) that they are not my own. Looks like I'll have to switch to extensions and/or mascara if it's not. Thanks all!
  15. Rejection/Waitlist

    I applied through general and my best LSAT score was in December. I did not write in February! At this point I am just looking for an answer either way but I will remain hopeful!
  16. High LSAT (173), abysmal gpa (2.0)

    I am not sure that is entirely true, at least from my experiences. Many of my friends at other schools have had much more work to do for similar courses and I also found their work harder at times. I also think it depends on the professor.
  17. High LSAT (173), abysmal gpa (2.0)

    Also, Brock is a "party school." So you might go there expecting easy grades because "if you can walk and talk, you can go to Brock" and get distracted by all the social stuff, whereas you might focus more at U of T because other serious students you meet motivate you. *not to say there aren't smart, serious students at Brock and party animals at U of T too - I'm addressing the stereotypes.
  18. High LSAT (173), abysmal gpa (2.0)

    I don't believe it. It's simply true. To pretend otherwise is to spread falsities to high schoolers keen to go to law school who may miss out on an excellent institution like u of t, simply because of fear that they won't get into law school if they did. Not that highschoolers should care about getting into law school 4 years later. But they do. So at the very least let's not get them missing out on excellent education in light of wholly unsubstantiated claims.
  19. Is law school fun?

    I just officially finished 2L yesterday, and I have to say law school has been one of the best times of my life.
  20. Scotiabank LOC application process experience

    The mods are happy to do these kinds of things when asked. Feel free to PM us or even use the Report button on whatever specific topic you would like stickied. Much more effective than just wishing
  21. Accepted to Ottawa 2018

    Accepted on April 11th LSAT 149, 158, 162 OLSAS CGPA 3.52 General category Provisionally accepted the offer as I'm still waiting on McGill
  22. High LSAT (173), abysmal gpa (2.0)

    I am a little but surprised as to why UNB wait listed you, considering the fact that I had very similar stats (164 LSAT and 3.5 GPA after drops) and not only was I accepted, I was offered a $6000 scholarship. And for the record I am an Ontario boy with no Atlantic Canada connection. In any event, with all due respect the difference between a 165 and 173 LSAT is night and day. There are not that many people with that kind of LSAT score, less than 1% to be exact, and of those students very few of them would ever apply, much less attend, a school like UNB or Manitoba. So i think if op did apply, I think the ad-coms would have a very difficult time turning him away.
  23. Is law school fun?

    Also, we rarely have the perfect amount of time to do the most stellar job possible on anything. Part of being successful in law school or practice is figuring out how to budget your time so you can do what needs to be done to a reasonable standard. For example, I do both appellate and trial work, so I will have facta due from time to time, and my factum due date may fall during the middle of a trial. So I have to allocate time for both factum writing and trial prep, taking into consideration my kids/personal life and other commitments. I don't have 200 hours to do the most amazing factum the court of appeal has ever seen, which maybe in theory I could produce if given enough time. But if I can find 40-50 hours and be efficient (with my student having done some research), I can produce a very good factum that covers what it needs to, walks the court through the issues in the way I want it to, and puts my client in the best position they can be going into the hearing, and I can also be adequately prepared for the trial. Some lawyers are such perfectionists that they don't want to hand anything in unless it is perfect - I've had this issue with students who have done their memos and addressed what needs to be addressed but don't want to turn them in because they want to go over and over them looking for mistakes. I think a function of having balanced school and kids forever is that I learned a long time ago to take time when I can get it, work fast, and hand in something sufficient on time without worrying about whether it's absolutely perfect. (*I know you can extend a factum due date in certain circumstances, but it has to go in at some point and if I have lengthy back to back trials and then vacation, I may prefer to just keep the original due date.)
  24. Suits for Women

    One reason not to invest in more than one suit before 1L...
  25. Scotiabank LOC application process experience

    So where exactly does knowledge of Scotiabank's "internal workings" enter the fray?
  26. Scotiabank LOC application process experience

    Easy there. I didn't say such a thing (personally, I am aware of the contact list, and know for a fact there is a link to it on Scotia's site). I do however think it's reasonable to expect that if you didn't know about the list, or accidentally contacted the wrong rep, assistance/direction from Scotia would be appropriate and expected.
  27. Suits for Women

    1) I don't think bare legs with skirts are appropriate in an office/court, and definitely not open shoes that show your painted toes, so yes, nylons. Take your cues from the senior female lawyers around you. If they have bare legs, fine, but I'd be surprised. 2) I don't think you need a slip unless you are wearing a dress of a lighter/thinner fabric under a jacket (which would be a very casual look.) Re: undergarments - a properly fitting and supportive bra in a neutral colour with no straps showing is important. If you are wearing pants, no VPL (visible panty lines) - investigate good thongs. 3) Capri pants? It's a more casual look but for a casual day, if the other lawyers are wearing them, I think they're OK. Wear them with flats or slingbacks - no open-toed shoes - and you get to skip the pantyhose. 4) Common blunders... oh boy. Jackets that are too tight (can't button or strain across the front when buttoned.) Even if you prefer to wear your jackets open, they need to button comfortably. Skirts that are too short and/or tight (see Hegdis' comment.) Clothes that are generally too small (for some reason a lot of students seem to prefer to squeeze into size small rather than just buy medium. Or maybe they gained weight in school and haven't realized or updated their wardrobes.) Tops or dresses that are too low-cut and show the top of your cleavage, which is not appropriate in an office/court. Colours that are inappropriate - you can wear pastels and colours, but in a more conservative setting, you shouldn't, say, wear a hot pink pantsuit head to toe. You can wear a hot pink blouse as an accent, or maybe even a jacket, but the full suit is too much. Dresses that are too casual under jackets - just because there is a jacket on top doesn't mean any dress is ok to wear. A dress shouldn't be clingy, shiny, flimsy etc. Underwear lines showing and see-through clothing. Mismatching blacks (don't wear black together unless it came as an ensemble.) Skin showing between the end of your jacket and your pants (you can't wear low-rise pants unless you have a long fitted jacket that you are sure covers everything even when you raise your hands above your head.) Wearing clothes cut for another body shape - ie. generally, don't wear a sleek, fitted sheath dress if you are an apple shape - try a fit and flare style or something with pleats or more fullness. Wearing an expensive, fashion-forward outfit but with no attention to hair, makeup etc so it looks mismatched. Wearing shoes that aren't comfortable to work in. Wearing dark skinny jeans in place of work pants when it's not an official casual day. Wearing outfits that are too fussy/princessy, like lots of lace at work (a lace shell top is ok, but a pink lace skirt or dress?) Being more edgy than the rest of the office ie. visible tattoos, piercings etc when no one else has those and you haven't proven yourself yet. Messy buns and ponytails at the office/court. Using things that are ok as an accessory/accent but wearing them completely overtly ie. a little punk accent, like leather patches on a jacket, is cute, but leather jacket, skirt and boots? Too much. Give me a minute to think of some more!
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