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  1. As was previously posted - there is a stigma out there that you need a background in hard science or engineering to get into IP. For the majority of IP litigation I don't think you actually need this, but 99.9% of the time firms will look for it when they are hiring. Most of my practice is pharmaceutical litigation and I have found having a hard science background is very useful (in fact, sometimes I wonder how people without do it - but some of the most senior IP litigators I know do not have science backgrounds and they are very successful). My recommendation would be to apply to full service firms and see if you can do a rotation on the IP floor. Many firms are amenable to this and it's an easy way to get your foot into the door. Also remember that commercial litigation can go hand in hand with IP (because of licensing agreements etc.) so that's another avenue for you to eventually get in without the science background. During law school see if you can RA for an IP prof, or participate in an IP moot (there are several really good ones out there - I know that Windsor sends a team to the Oxford IP moot every year and they have been quite successful there in the past).
  2. OLSAS conversion chart is found here: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/olsas-conversion-table/ You can't just convert the 82% straight to a GPA - go through your transcript, convert each grade and then average them (be sure to weight each one). I'm an Ottawa U grad - admission is still sort of a black box there, but the adcom does not seem to emphasize the LSAT. cGPA is important. There is an emphasis on diversity.
  3. Hey all - bumping this old thread. Out of curiosity - does anyone know when bonuses are typically paid? Is it end of year? end of fiscal year? or anniversary of your start date? Thanks
  4. If you get into law school and become a lawyer this will be true for the rest of your life - it just doesn't end. It starts with the LSAT, then law school applications, then applying for moots, or clinics or special courses that require applications, then summer student jobs, then BEING A SUMMER STUDENT (I'll never forget receiving my first small claims file and being scared sh*tless because I knew nothing and was meeting with the client), getting an articling spot, getting hired back, finding a job as a lawyer, and then doing lawyer work where you really just feel like a big liability all the time. Get used to it my friend - stress is the name of the game.
  5. Yeah - I transported most of them via uber.
  6. For me it's essential to not only keep my suits at work, but also to use a dry cleaning spot close to my office. This way I never really have to actually take anything home. It can be a bit of a pain to set it up that way (getting all of your suits at work etc.), but once it's all there it's really easy.
  7. When I was shopping for a loan this made all of the difference. Not only is your articling year considered a year in study, but you are not obliged to make payments back until one year after articles. This gives you time to find a job and settle in before tackling repayment.
  8. See explanation here: https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/news/en/item/5590/index.do - apparently Oprah had nothing to do with it...
  9. I think everything you learn in law school has the potential to be very useful in actual practice - but whether you will actually "use" it might depend on your type of practice. I have certainly found myself relying on important cases I learned in law school. I was about say "perhaps I'm not going to use criminal cases I studied in law school" (because I practice IP), but actually no - that's not right - there are a lot of important evidentiary and constitutional principles in those case that I definitely use. Now, some courses are not as practical as they could be - I mean you don't often learn how to draft a will in Wills & Estates, or how to draft a contract in Contracts, but the subject material (ie: the cases) you learn are very important and you will use them in practice. Law school was also essential for me because it taught me how to learn the law. I know that sounds redundant but it taught me how to read statutes, how to research law and how to develop oral and written advocacy - all of which are essential to my practice.
  10. Maybe the CJ was having an Oprah moment - "YOU GET LEAVE, YOU GET LEAVE, YOU GET LEAAVVVEEEE!!!!" Seriously though - I was hoping to try and see this but apparently there's only room in the Court for intervening Counsel...
  11. This was an issue the summer of 2015 where a significant portion of exam writers were told they failed, only to be notified 2 weeks later that there was an error in the marking and they had, in fact, passed.
  12. Possibly? although not lawyers or school trustees, at least OUTlaws would be representing the interests of LGBTQ law students. Who knows - perhaps there was over-lap in applications submissions, or maybe they weren't sufficiently directed to representing the public interest - but it still seemed a little strange to me that none of the groups were granted leave.
  13. I thought the same thing when I saw it.... it's a bit weird that all LGBTQ identified groups were denied leave.
  14. Over the past few months I’ve been chatting with my colleagues and I thought it might be good to post something here about the importance of your reputation to your career. First – your reputation during summering/articles: I knew coming into my articles that, for various reasons, it was unlikely that the firm could offer me an associate position in my area of interest. For some this might have been a cue to “check-out” (and believe me at times I was tempted), however, I decided that I wanted to use my articles (1) to learn as much as I could and (2) to develop relationships with my colleagues in and outside of the firm. It was a crazy, intense 10 months but it was also incredible. I truly believe that my relationship with fellow articling students, associates and partners will be long-lasting. Don’t forget that when you are looking for an associate position post articles, many firms require reference letters from professionals whom you articled under. Having a solid reputation for great work and work ethic is imperative to acquiring glowing references. If you stop working after hire back decisions are made, then you can kiss your reference letter goodbye. In my situation a number of lawyers at my firm really wanted to hire me back but the business case just wasn’t there – so they worked their networks for me to help me land interviews (some of which were at firms where positions were not advertised). Second – your reputation in law school: I implore all of the law students out there to take stock of your reputation among your colleagues and professors. How do you think they view you? Are you a competitive dust bag who refuses to collaborate? Do you undermine your colleagues to gain an edge on the curve? Are you the lone wolf who will solely conquer Bay street? If this is you – then I suggest you take a step back and evaluate whether this type of attitude is actually going to help you (*hint* IT WON’T). For myself, I worked a lot in law school to forge valuable relationships with my friends and colleagues. Law students please understand that the social aspect of your studies helps to develop solid relationships with your colleagues and this is as important as the actual academia of it all. In my experience the most success I had in law school was a result of collaboration. I’ve shared notes, summaries and maps with pretty much whoever wanted them. I had late night study sessions to teach my friends aspects of courses that I’ve really understood and, in-turn, asked my friends to share with and teach me what they have really understood. I cannot understate the value of their willingness to help and their assistance to my academic success. I know I left law school with a great reputation amongst my peers and professors and when it came time to start looking for a job post-articles my law school colleagues immediately started to contact me with leads on positions. This helped me to secure several interviews at firms for unadvertised positions. One of these turned out to be my dream job and if it wasn’t for the relationship I spent years developing, I probably wouldn’t be at this firm today. Your legal career and success depends on your reputation – In the words of RuPaul – “don’t f*ck it up”
  15. OP - it seems like you have a lot of varied responses here to help you with your decision. The only bit I might add is that in my first year of law school we were given the choice of whether to write exams on a laptop or by hand. For various reasons I chose to write by hand. The benefit was that it forced me to really think through what I was going to say before I wrote it (ie: I can't write as fast as I can type so as I was writing I was also thinking - I feel like it might have made it easier for me to develop a cohesive, logical argument in some places). However, I found it very difficult to write the volume of material down (For one exam I had 7 booklets that were written over 3 hours - needless to say my hand was very painful at the end of it). After that experience I decided to switch to computerized exams and it was a great decision for several reasons. The first, is that I can type far more quickly than I can write and I am therefore able to get all of my thoughts out within allotted time. Secondly, having a computerized exam allows me to easily go back to sections of the exam and add or delete things I had previously typed in. It also allows for better organization of my answers. For example, imagine a question that asks you to write a memo regarding trademark law. The first thing I do is start with my headings (was the trademark registered? was the trademark used? was the trademark confusing? the factors to determine confusion etc.) Then I start filling them in. If I'm writing the exam by hand then I can't do this. Anecdotally I've been told from professors that they prefer when an exam is submitted via computer because they tend to be more organized and, importantly, more legible.