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dan1010 last won the day on October 22 2011

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  1. Articling and Location

    The general consensus is to go to school where you'd like to work. With that said, however, there are a ton of exceptions to that. The cost of tuition is certainly not something to ignore. I imagine the cost of living is would be a factor to take into account as well. It's not too difficult to get to Toronto from Ottawa. And for the most part if you're doing organized recruitment the interviews will all be within the same time period. I really don't think going to school in ottawa would be a substantial barrier to articling in Toronto if you do well in law school.
  2. Articling and Location

    How far away are we talking? It's fairly common for people to get articles in Toronto after going to school in other cities and even our of province. I'm currently articling in Toronto, having never put a foot in the city prior to interviews. Sure you might lose the ability to network more but I don't think that justifies paying significantly more in tuition. Most schools will have formal recruitment processes for large markets like Toronto.
  3. I think it might be difficult to know whether law is not right for you long term without actually articling and practicing first. OP is exasperated at the moment. It's easy when you're feeling that way to convince yourself that this thing that you've spent years working towards isn't what you really want. It's a defence mechanism and it's a normal reaction. OP, it may be the case after you find articles and practice that you don't enjoy it, but it's premature to make that decision now. Others have been in the same position as you before and found articles. As others have suggested above, you do need to put in the legwork to succeed. If it's a viable option for you, have you considered volunteering at a legal aid clinic? Lawyers working in those clinics often have networks that could be useful in your search. Good luck!
  4. I felt the same way in 1L. I think I was just sick of school and had no motivation. I'd love to tell you that feeling went away after 1L, but it didn't. I just learned how to succeed in law school classes putting in the minimum amount of work. Even if you don't feel motivated, try to stick it out and treat law school like a job. It's unnecessary to spend every minute in the library as some of your classmates undoubtedly will. Getting involved at the legal clinic definitely helped a little bit as it renewed my interest in practicing law. Also keep in mind that there's a huge difference between law school and practice afterwards. I'm articling now and I don't regret my decision to go to law school at all. Maybe you'll feel the same way. Good luck!
  5. Dear vs Hi - OCI process

    I actually noticed someone using that extra comma in an email recently. I noticed it immediately because it looks so out of place. That's an unnecessary amount of commas in such a short space. "Hi, dan1010, [...]" Nope.
  6. What is McGill "course de stage"?

    It's not a class. "Course aux stages" is the equivalent of OCI's in English but mostly (if not exclusively) for firms in Quebec. It's just organized recruitment that you normally do in your second or third year. If you're currently a McGill law student there's a lot of information about it on the CDO's website (just google "CDO McGill Law Course aux Stages").
  7. Should I apply next year..?

    I would apply now. Your CGPA is excellent which is a huge factor in McGill admissions. They also don't require an LSAT score. Are you working right now? What are your plans for the year? Unless you have plans for the next two years, you should really consider applying now. I mean, what's the worst that can happen? You apply and get rejected and then you know how to tailor your application for the following year. As for actually tailoring your PS to your interests, I would suggest having a look at McGill's website and the human rights programs offered. Find something very specific about human rights that interests you and focus on that for your PS. That's really the difference between sounding naive and sounding as though you've actually put some thought into your application. To answer your other questions: yes some profs will ask to see your CV/PS before writing a reference. Others won't though. I would figure out who you want to ask and do so as soon as possible. Don't delay because some profs may really take their time in getting back to you. Let them know the deadline and whether it would be possible for them to have something ready in that timeline. If they ask you for your PS just let them know it's a work in progress and send them your reasons for wanting to go to law school by email or talk to them about it verbally if they prefer.
  8. Yeah, that amount is only the LPP fee. Luckily most firms seem to pay this.
  9. Toronto Articling Recruit 2018-19

    The same thing happened to me last year. I received an email a few days later confirming the interview. I assume most places send a confirmation as I received them from all the places I got calls from. It'll be okay!
  10. Toronto Articling Recruit 2018-19

    There's a good chances you'll receive an email confirmation so don't worry about it.
  11. "Senior Call Pays" Rule

    Just wanted to say that the timing of this thread couldn't have been better and saved me from a potentially awkward moment on my first day of articling. So thanks for starting it!
  12. Law school and exercise

    Gave you a like for some cheap validation
  13. Law school and exercise

    I use an application called Freeletics, which is cross-fitesque. It has different running/body weight/gym workouts that are similar to cross-fit. It's not free but I found it motivating to stick to a routine. The body weight and running workouts are also not super long to complete but they can be pretty challenging. I did the gym one mainly and it was about an hour workout per day.
  14. Law school and exercise

    Have you considered getting a fitbit? They're pretty good for tracking what you do and guilting you into doing more.
  15. Law school and exercise

    I didnt find law school to be any more time consuming than undergrad. It's just more school and you'll have more time in law school than when you start working. I had plenty of time to do fitness activities I enjoyed (running/squash/gym). I'd be active at least 4 days a week on average. I mean any amount of exercise is better than nothing, but getting into a routine is the key to success. You should try to find something you actually enjoy doing though. Join your school's soccer/running/squash/basketball/whatever else team. Personally I had a buddy I played squash with a few times a week between or after classes. It'll help you stay motivated if you find someone else to do these things with.