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  1. I didn't know what Western's tuition was - really $21,700? I was pretty sure that when I was accepted in 2013 it was something like $11,000? it was definitely less than Ottawa U which was $15,000 at the time (and when I left had risen to $18K, so I still assumed that Western was below 18). I had heard that Oz was up over $30K but I guess it's not that high yet. Still. that's a $15K difference over three years, add it to the 20K and now you're looking at a $35K savings by going to Western.
  2. Personally, I would take the scholarship and go to Western. Western is a great school and (at least when I was applying) the tuition there is substantially lower that Osgoode. Cost of living in London is also not too bad. So, you're not only saving the $20K, but you are also saving the difference in tuition which, over the 3 years, could be as high as $30K. That's a $50K difference between the two schools. Even if you have to pay for your living expenses in London it would still be in your financial interest to choose Western. If you don't take it you'll be kicking yourself if you get rejected by Osgoode and have to firmly accept Western without the scholarship.
  3. Yeah - see I wouldn't have even thought of this. People can just be assholes sometime (law students have a particular tendency to fall into this category). Anyway - I think what i was trying to emphasize is that a good articling experience includes being able to work as a team with your colleagues. At my firm, the articling student team is incredible. I would come back just to keep working with them. The way in which we get along has been noticed among the professionals at the firm, and we are told regularly how impressed everyone is with how well we get along. We are very productive together, and I think if we had turned competitively on one another our ability to get shit done would be severely compromised. It also means that if a professional knocks on my door when I'm swamped, I can helpfully offer to find them another student.
  4. Another variation that I like is "Unfortunately I can't because I'm busy doing X, Y and Z all due tomorrow; but if you would like, I can complete it next week, or I can find you another student" At least in my experience, the ability of the students to work as a team is key. At my firm we probably meet close to daily, we have conversations about what everyone else is doing and we all know how much work each student has. This makes it far more easy to divide work. It's almost like as a group of students you are a mini firm within the actual firm. You are all there to serve your clients, the lawyers. The better you work as team, the better service you can give your clients and they happier they are with you as a group.
  5. I need a lead on some of these balanced IP jobs .
  6. For the last question - Yes, you can "article" twice - but it goes the other way around (merely because clerking fulfills the articling requirements for licensing). So, you can article at a firm and then clerk. You can also clerk twice (often that's a path to the SCC, say you clerk one year at ONCA, and the next at the SCC). I have never heard of anyone clerking with the Court and then articling - because of the way the licensing requirements work I think it would actually be impossible to do this. I don't think I can offer qualified answers for your other questions so we'll just leave my contribution at that.
  7. If I had to do it again, I would purchase the index. I chose a small group of people i could trust as an indexing group. It was good - except it took FOREVER. I really don't think it actually helped me study. What I needed to do was purchase an index and then choose a small study group of trusted peers. In retrospect it would have given me far more time to actually study.
  8. The variance could be due to when the date on which offers were given. Generally if you were accepted later in the cycle you might have more time before an acceptance is required.
  9. There can be a lot of international travel when practicing IP. This is especially true for PM(NOC) cases where you go to the witnesses to cross-examine them. It just so happens that a lot of the worlds experts on various science things are in Europe, so there can be a lot of travel there. A lot of clients who want Canadian Patents are also spread throughout the World - so you can end up doing a lot of international travel for business development etc.
  10. How many of those individuals had a cGPA of 3.3 or lower? I'm guessing not many, and those who do - I'm betting they have something incredible in their application package (founded a business, was an Olympian, volunteered abroad for years etc.) Like I said - we all know that Ottawa doesn't put much weight on the LSAT, but there isn't anything to suggest that the adcoms disregard it entirely. I agree that someone with a 3.9 and a 150 is in a far better position to garner acceptance at UOttawa than someone with a 172 and a 3.0. But the OP has low stats on both ends and is not in a position where even a high LSAT could reasonably save her application. On a raw viewing of stats (which is all that has been provided) - is there a chance? sure. Is admission likely? No.
  11. I hate to say it but unless you have something in your application that will absolutely blow the adcom away - You are probably out, not simply because of your low cGPA, but also because your LSAT is also quite low. I know, I know, everyone always says that Ottawa U doesn't heavily weight the LSAT, which, for the most part, is true. However it does put some weight on it and your 157 really isn't giving you a leg to stand on. The poster above wrote that he/she (it?) had a 167 and a 3.3 and was only accepted off the wait list. You are 10 points below this marker so unfortunately the odds aren't looking great for you.
  12. Received by PM that it does happen - and I was encouraged to get lawyers (Partners) at my firm to reach out my behalf. Thanks!
  13. make sure you do the OLSAS conversion for your GPA (ie: on the 4.0 scale) - you have to do it per class, depending on how your distribution is, it could mean the difference between a 3.2-3.7. It will give you a better idea of your competitiveness. Regardless - you can apply access and if the schools don't think you qualify they will still (I think) evaluate you with the regular stream.
  14. My articling term is in its final quarter and I'm fairly certain there isn't a spot for me at my current firm. I've started my new call job hunt but I've noticed that there are very few 1st year associate positions (especially in my field) advertised. Have any of you had luck getting a job at a firm that didn't advertise a position? I've started inquiring with my connections at other firms but I wasn't sure how common it was for firms to "make a spot" for someone before they even advertise the need. Thanks!
  15. I know some people who were awarded this and it is an incredible opportunity. If I could figure out a way to support a family in London on $50K I would totally do it.