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  1. Elite Extracurriculars

    Any sport that has private clubs devoted to it that enforce dress codes is pretty elite. On the other hand, near my home there is a heavily used public outdoor concrete "squash" court, that doubles as a basketball court and drug transaction center, which is about as non-elite as it gets. So maybe squash is one of those sports that transcends the class divide.
  2. Elite Extracurriculars

    I totally agree with you, and with BlockedQuebecois's earlier statement, that if you want the competitive job you should strive to be as competitive an applicant as possible. My initial wading into this debate was to make the limited point that listing a hobby that one is merely casual about on a resume (whether soccer or whatever else) is not some mortal sin that is likely to disqualify an interviewee, as earlier posts on this thread suggested, though obviously that kind of fluff is not what you build your application around.
  3. Elite Extracurriculars

    I am happy to assist on your humble-brag. I've seen a fair amount of law student applications on the hiring side. Many come straight through from undergrad and their resumes are basically restricted to their studies/extra-curriculars/awards/summer jobs, and typically have an "interests" section at the back end with some fluffy stuff. If there's no righteous place for casual involvement in sports in a good CV, then how is one supposed to assure recruiters that one partakes in elite activities such as polo and squash, and that one therefore is a fellow member of the elite worthy of slaving away at an elite law firm?
  4. Elite Extracurriculars

    Listing soccer as an interest gives an employer a little colour about you, says that you enjoy the sport, even if you aren't a gifted athlete or a fanatic. If your resume is so full of other awesome achievements that you don't have room to list casual hobbies, then by all means focus on the noteworthy stuff. But for the average joe applicant who needs some fluff to fill the two pages and wants to show the employer that they aren't just a law studying automaton, nothing wrong with having that stuff in there. My point being, listing involvement in sports on a resume is pretty innocuous. I don't think most employers would hold it against you that you are genuinely involved in a sport, but aren't actually that great at it or aren't totally up to date on transfers in the Czech soccer league or whatever. I certainly wouldn't.
  5. Elite Extracurriculars

    By listing soccer as an interest, I meant more along the lines of listing involvement in rec/intramural leagues. I agree that it would be weird to put "watching soccer" on a resume.
  6. Elite Extracurriculars

    I can't even tell if some of the posts in this thread are in tongue in cheek or not. Surely you can safely list soccer as an interest on your resume even if you aren't a pro player and don't follow every European league.
  7. Calgary for law school, practicing in Ontario

    I can confirm that U of C grads working in Ontario has in fact happened. I went to U of C a few years ago. I don't practice law in Ontario but several of my former classmates do, in big law, government, small firm, sole practice, you name it. Generally people who were dead set on moving back to Ontario were able to do so. Others from Ontario decided they liked Calgary and stuck around. That said, I do agree with the poster above that going to an Ontario school is preferable if you want to practice in Ontario. Aside from the obvious geographic/logistical hurdles that come with going to school in Calgary and trying to get Ontario jobs, Ontario employers are more familiar with Ontario law schools and all else being equal will probably pick the person who went to a local school over the person who didn't.
  8. Elite Extracurriculars

  9. This probably goes without saying but seems to be worth mentioning. The pay differences between the different firms at the summer student/articling student/junior associate level are negligible in the grand scheme of things. You will come out ahead in the long (and even medium) term if you pick a firm you actually like and that you will stick around/thrive in over one that pays you a couple hundred dollars more a week in your 2L summer but that has no other redeeming qualities that will keep you around and motivated. What I'm trying to say is that the pay scales for summer associates should not be a big factor in your career choice.
  10. How much does it matter where you go to school?

    If you are asking about common law schools, I think the general consensus is that quality of education is more or less equivalent across all Canadian law schools. This is probably true particularly for first year for which most of these schools have similar curriculums. Torts class is probably not that different wherever you take it. In terms of reputation, it depends on the market. Across Canada, U of T, UBC, Oz, and McGill are IMO the most "prestigious" schools. But again, Canadian schools all have good reputations in Canada. The only schools that might struggle a bit in this regard are the newly established ones, but that will continue to change as these schools churn out more successful graduates and employers become familiar with them. In terms of "breadth of opportunities", schools diverge in terms of upper year courses, clinics, particular specializations, exchanges, access to particular legal markets, etc. But all of them give you a more or less inescapable opportunity to become a lawyer.
  11. To strike a more optimistic note, it is not unusual for lawyers to work in big law for a few years and then move into areas such as management consulting, policy work, and business to name a few. In my view there's nothing wrong with going to law school with an open mind to alternate career paths. What I think others are effectively saying is that law is not the straightest or surest route to any of these alternate careers. So if you already know before law school that you really want to be in consulting, for example, better to just do an MBA or something that will provide you better access to that type of job rather than taking a detour through law.
  12. Going abroad first

    I taught English abroad for a period between undergrad and law school and I have absolutely never regretted not going to law school sooner. If you feel like that's something you want to do, I'd highly recommend doing it before you get locked into the legal career track. Generally speaking (and knowing nothing about your particular personal variables), there's no harm to starting law school later. If you use your time abroad wisely (i.e. learning the local language/culture, meeting people, travel, personal development, etc), you can add an interesting dimension to yourself that may potentially benefit your law school applications/eventual career.
  13. U of C v. U of A

    I don't mean to knock Edmonton (which by all accounts is a decent city) but it's not exactly the first place that springs to mind when considering "new" and "exciting" places to experience, especially coming from Calgary. I would go to U of C, and fulfill the wanderlust with a student exchange/summer travel.
  14. Articling Jobs 2018

    No need to stress out about the paperwork. I articled with a government employer and didn't receive any sort of documentation until 2-3 months after the telephone call. If they offered you the job and you accepted, that's all the peace of mind you need.
  15. Job Mobility in Big Law

    Interesting, thanks.