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  1. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Having just gone through the recruitment process as well, I want to echo what Dart and a few others have said. I secured a job at my top choice firm, so I'm not salty about my own situation. But just to chime in and confirm the experiences of a few others here, I personally experienced multiple firms not just bending - but outright breaking - the LSUC rules by trying to pressure a "first choice" out of me (i.e. "we're making you an offer, but only if you tell us at this very moment that you'll 100% accept). I also know of a few close friends who were told straight up that they were going to get an offer at 5pm Wednesday, and monopolized their time all Wednesday, only to leave them out to dry once 5pm rolled around. It definitely made me a little bit more cynical about the whole process. Before I went through it I thought it was ridiculous to advise people to say first choice to more than one firm - and I still think there's consequences to saying it and then rejecting an offer from a firm... but in the long run, I think the alternative of not saying it and being left out to dry could be worse. I guess my point is that I was surprised at how many firms completely disregarded the LSUC rules - obviously my own sample size is small, but take it for what you will.
  2. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Some firms already have - e.g. Davies, Wildeboer.
  3. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Welp, this three days were even more stressful and exhausting than everyone had told me to prepare for. I managed to receive an offer from my top choice and I'm absolutely thrilled about it. After going through the process I realize how big of a factor luck and being able to "play the game" and send the right signals is. I had another firm essentially give me an offer this morning, but only on the condition that I told them they were my first choice. I told them just about everything but - and lo and behold, 5:00pm rolls around with no offer from them. I know this kind of thing happened to a few other people where they seemed to have an offer locked down and ended up with nothing. It's a stressful process and I wish everyone the best going forward.
  4. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Some people at Queen's have.
  5. 2018 2L Recruitment

    I received responses (both ITCs and rejections) from quite a few firms in the 1-2 days following Queen's OCI. Some firms seem to not contact you until much later in October once they've done OCIs at all the schools.
  6. 2018 2L Recruitment

    A bunch of firms have sent out ITCs today - Blakes, Osler, McMillan to name a few (for Queen's at least)
  7. 2018 2L Recruitment

    OCI Fasken, Davies (Queen's)
  8. Where to Live

    I was looking for a 1 bedroom as well and those prices are pretty accurate from what I saw. Anywhere within a 15 minute walk to campus that isn't absolutely terrible is $1k or more. You may be able to find a little cheaper if you look north of Princess by a block or two - not far enough north to be in the slums (lol), but a little farther out than most students live.
  9. 3L Dean's List, Pt 2

    I was notified about 1L dean's list today - made it with a 3.66 in case anyone is wondering about the cutoff.
  10. Thank you for all the great advice everyone! I'm actually just a lowly 1L who won't be at a firm this summer, but I'm thinking ahead to next summer when I will hopefully have a Bay St. gig locked down. The reason for my question then has to do with living arrangements while summering - is it common for most students to sublet a place in Toronto for the summer? I live in the GTA but it would be about an hour or more each way to commute downtown, so I would think it's recommended to just try to find a place downtown for the summer instead?
  11. Specifically at the Bay St. firms. Would it be around the same as an articling student/junior associate?
  12. Any insight into PATRY apartments?

    I'm a 1L who currently lives at the 655 Princess building - I thought it was too good to be true at first, but honestly my experience here has been great. Fantastic units and amenities, social events each month where Patry provides free food, beer, etc. There's always staff at the front desk during the day and they're generally pretty helpful. The building is realistically a 15-20 minute walk to campus, closer to 15 to get to the law building itself. There's also a ton of other law students who live in the building too. Honestly I really like the building and my unit - I pay the same here as I was paying for a shitty run down student apartment in undergrad in Montreal, and the place here is miles better in quality and amenities. Really the only downside is that the location is kind of far from groceries - I have to either get a ride with friends or uber, as Loblaws is like 20+ minute walk (Metro is a little closer but still not ideal). If you have a car then this obviously won't be a problem though. There's a timmies and subway nearby and a Don Cherry's across the street, but besides that there's not much in the way of food places nearby either. Overall I'd recommend the place and haven't found it sketchy at all.
  13. Is Osgoode worth it?

    I'm from the GTA and I want to work in Toronto anyways, but at least for the summers I can handle commuting back and forth - I just wouldn't want to do it during the school year.
  14. Is Osgoode worth it?

    I made this decision last year and ended up choosing Queen's, although I was more turned off by the idea of commuting an hour each way to Osgoode rather than anything with the school itself. With two months left in 1L, I don't think I would do anything differently if I had the option. Queen's has been great, and one thing in particular is the smaller class sizes as compared to Osgoode. Smaller classes = more opportunity for discussion and getting to know your profs. While I'm not sure what the average 1L class size is like at Osgoode, I would imagine it would be at least noticeably larger than Queen's which is about ~50 students. One thing I would say about Osgoode though is that you would definitely have easier access to various extra-curricular activities and such, e.g. just yesterday there was an event at the Ontario court of appeal for law students that would have been much easier to attend if you were at Osgoode than having to drive 3 hours from Kingston. Another thing to keep in mind would be cheaper rent in Kingston on top of cheaper tuition, especially since you're already going to be maxing out your LOC. If you have other questions about Queen's I'd be happy to answer them.
  15. Hey everyone, this may be a really dumb question but I can't find any info on it. I'll be applying for a 1L summer job and I'm wondering how you actually convey your fall semester grades to firms - they're all full year courses (besides public) and so don't show up on my transcript. Also I know how difficult it is to secure a 1L position - can anyone give some insight into how competitive I would be for a Bay street gig with these grades: A, A, A, B+, B. Thanks!