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  1. I'm curious, what do you think a complaint would achieve in this situation? In theory I agree with you. But in reality it's a legal clinic with limited resources, a training program, and a supervising lawyer. In all likelihood that would be sufficient mitigation. This doesn't seem like practical advice considering it's for a summer job that OP would probably like a reference letter from down the road. As for the second point, a referral could be a reasonable solution in certain cases, and this might be one of them. However, this is not how OP framed the issue. They got shit on by their supervisor for not properly assessing and following up with someone in need and then protested that dealing with this issue was harmful to their own mental health and shouldn't be part of their job. With that said, the OP's instinct to want to refer to someone more qualified is good, they simply did not follow through with that because of fear of reprisal. The supervisor may need to be more thorough in the training, however, it's difficult to provide complete training beforehand in all of the issues volunteers may come across. It's a learning experience and you adjust as you go. Next time a situation like this arises the OP will have a better idea of what's expected of them.
  2. Diplock does have a tough love approach but his responses are intended to be helpful and a lot of what he has said has been echoed by others who have had similar experiences. I'm thinking maybe this event has taken place too recently and you're understandably unable to think clearly about your current situation. Try doing something to take your mind off of it for a while and decompress. I think that should be your first step. I understand the need to vent and having a support network you can turn to in situations like this is essential. The next step is figuring out if this area of law is meant for you, but that requires a clear mind and some self-reflection on your part. There's no point repeating what's already been said, but a lot of the information is pertinent and you should come back in a few days and reread what others have said. Maybe you don't have the proper training. Maybe you're just in a learning curve in the realities of dealing with extreme cases such as this and you will eventually overcome the emotions you're dealing with at present. Maybe your supervisor has treated you unfairly. Maybe you're not suited for this area of law. No one here can properly advise you on this, all we can do is comment based on our own experiences and the limited knowledge we have of your situation. You'll have to figure out the source of the problem yourself and it's really difficult to do without a clear mind. In any case, I'm really sorry for what you're going through and I realize you didn't get a very positive response for your immediate problems. If you don't have anyone to turn to and feel the need to vent to someone, feel free to PM me.
  3. I don't see what that changes. You have to be mentally prepared for the worst because you never know when those calls will come in. The advice above still applies: if you require outside counselling then absolutely get it. But the clinic cannot really accommodate you in any feasible way.
  4. Not to speak for providence, but you chose to work in a poverty clinic. I've experienced dealing with clients with mental illnesses and it can be extremely draining emotionally. I do sympathize with you on that point. The choice you have, however, is to learn to cope with it or no longer practice in that area of law. These issues come with the territory, hence the eyeroll. If this job is really taking a toll on your mental health and you don't believe you will be able to adjust then maybe you should consider leaving. I just don't think a poverty clinic is a place which will accommodate the concerns you've expressed.
  5. From my experience working in legal clinics, directors of these clinics take their mandates very seriously and genuinely care for the marginalized people that they help. There seems to be a disconnect between your director's expectations and yours in terms of what working at a clinic such as this entails. While this is just a summer job for you, they are likely devoting their career to this area. That doesn't mean they're always right or that they treated you fairly, but instead of fighting this you should take a step back and learn from it. My advice is to simply take this as a learning opportunity of what's expected of you in these difficult situations. You're only there for a summer. You have a better idea of what's expected of you now in these situations and can adjust your approach for future clients.
  6. Maybe it's more competitive than when I was applying in 2013, but I got a very early acceptance to Osgoode with a 3.88 and a 159 Lsat. In any case, the above advice is pretty sound. Re-write the Lsat if you think you can score higher and guarantee your chances of getting in. Good luck!
  7. The best answer: as soon as possible. The best thing you can do to prepare for this exam is being comfortable with your index/ToC and being able to find information quickly. In my opinion, the best way to do that is to do practice exams. I think I had about 4 days of practice exams for the barristers and only 1 for the solicitors. This worked out for me but I could definitely have been better prepared had I given myself more time to get comfortable with looking up information.
  8. Is scarborough generally an area to avoid? I've been reading mixed things about it.
  9. Thanks for the reply! I'll be working near finch/the 404. I'm looking for a studio or (preferably) a one bedroom apartment. I'll be articling so I'm looking for a year lease. As for my budget, I'd rather not pay more than 1900 with utilities/parking included. I'm also looking for something furnished or mostly furnished as I'm not sure whether I'll be staying in Toronto after articling and I'd prefer not to have to buy everything only to sell it in a year.
  10. Resurrecting this thread because I'll be moving to Toronto this summer too but likely won't be able to physically visit before renting a place. I'll be working north of the 401 and driving to work so I'm not looking for a place directly downtown. With that said, what are the best/most convenient places to rent outside of the downtown area? I found a place near the 401 and scarborough town center but have heard this isn't a great area to live in. Can anyone speak to this? I'm also potentially looking at the don mills area as well as yonge/ Sheppard. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks.
  11. Definitely read the by-laws, and especially the rules. The PR section just gives a summary of the information contained in the actual rules and by-laws. Many questions may require you to go into the rules and by-laws for specifics. Also, be very comfortable with the rules as there will be many questions on them. It was a huge time saver for me that I didn't have to look a lot of them up.
  12. I would highly recommend spending money to bind all of your materials separately by section. At least in the Ottawa testing center (and I imagine it's uniform at the other centers as well), there were long desks and plenty of room to organize your material. Personally I don't really see the advantage of printing multiple PR sections when you can quickly access it on your desk anyway. Binding material just makes it so much easier to flip through and saves time. Also since the exam is ordered by section you know in advance which material you will need for that section and you can prepare everything on your desk in consequence.
  13. I didn't further annotate it since I found there was enough to skim through without but I heard others added more detail to it. I had a pretty good grasp of how the ToC was organized and that was enough. I'd suggest doing practice exams and see how easily you can find the information. From there you could decide whether you want to add more detail to it.
  14. I found it useful to highlight limitation periods in one color. For the solicitors I also highlighted keywords to indicate where there was a significant change in subject within the same section. I did this because I found certain sections had big blocks of text not properly subdivided. I think i may have also highlighted legislation at some points. This helped me a bit since I was only using the detailed table of contents to navigate the material. If you're planning on using the ToC I would also suggest highlighting the titles of each section. In all honesty though everyone has different highlighting habits just like in law school. I find it annoying to look read when every paragraph has highlights, but I know some people can't read without a highlighter in hand. Just do what you're used to.