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  1. Lower grades at a more competitive school?

    It's entirely possible that the stats have shifted since I did OCIs, but back in my day (hah) it was widely accepted that 40% of the UofT class, and 25% of the Western, Osgoode and Queen's classes got OCI jobs. If I remember correctly, Windsor & Ottawa's stats were around 15%. For the record, I wholeheartedly disagree with the premise that the % of the class who lands an OCI job is in any way indicative of the success rate of the class, but I understand that I'm replying to someone whose username is "BayStreetOrBust" so that point may fall on deaf ears.
  2. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Signal boost
  3. 1. Articling positions come up at all points in the year, some even in the fall. If you haven't started articling by some date in August, (this year it was August 8th), you're not eligible for the June call to the bar. But that's the only thing affected. 2. The licensing year starts in April, and the exam materials change every year (slightly). There's really no benefit to writing the 2017-18 licensing exam in March first, because if you fail you're going to have to buy the new materials and study all over again. I don't think any firm really cares when you write the bar exams. [Note - I'm not sure if the Law Society is going through with the plan they concocted last summer where they split out the bar exams to one before and one after articling, and they made it such that you have to pass the first bar exam before you can start articling - you're going to want to check into this, because the bar exams for 2018-19 might be very different than 2017-18.] 3. Only the minority of jobs pay your licensing fees, and most of the jobs that do were scooped up in 2L by summer students. Most jobs in a small firm or government office won't pay these. But yes, the idea at these firms that pay your fees is that they reimburse you for the out-of-pocket expenses incurred.
  4. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Hey everyone! Congratulations to those of you who received offers! To those who didn't receive offers, even after three days of interviewing, do not fret - I was in your shoes a few years ago and I can say with certainty that the sun will come up tomorrow, and there are plenty of fantastic summer and articling jobs yet to be posted which may even work out better for you. Feel free to send me a PM if you're having a tough day.
  5. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Good luck this week everyone!! Enjoy all the free dinners!
  6. 2018 2L Recruitment

    This definitely happens. It is 10000% a thing.
  7. What can a summer criminal law student do?

  8. Ontario bar/solicitor exams

    Materials are released once a year in April. The release date is 6 weeks prior to the June sitting, and what you're reading on the website probably reflects that. The materials that will be tested in March 2018 are already available.
  9. When to Start Articling

    Just call LSUC and ask, if you're not sure.
  10. Mental Fatigue

    Each LR section is what, 35 minutes? I'm sure that with practice you will get better at remaining focussed throughout the test. If it helps give you perspective, the LSAT will not be the last time you'll have to do this. Law school exams also require mental endurance, and the bar exams in Ontario involve 14 hours of multiple choice questions under fairly significant time pressure.
  11. Saying "First Choice"

    It's not as big of a deal for government positions as it is for private firms. However, government offices participating in the recruit are bound by the same recruiting rules as everyone else - so if they make an offer to someone, thinking they're going to take it, and then that student sits on the offer for 24 hours before turning it down, that can really throw a wrench in their hiring. And that's something they take into consideration when they're making offers.
  12. Articling and Reception Duties

    Any job will have parts of it that aren't desirable; articling especially. Are you not able to make up the time for the work you couldn't get done over lunch?
  13. Violation of the international law by North Korea.

    OP, here's the long and short of it: 1. Nobody here is going to do your homework for you. 2. This is a site for Canadian law students and lawyers. As far as I am aware, none of us practice law in or around North Korea. I would hazard an educated guess that anything we may know about "violation of the international law" committed by North Korea, we know from Google (same as you).
  14. Your stats are great. Just make sure you don't get too comfortable and shoot yourself in the foot with a half-baked personal statement. People have been rejected with stats as good as yours for stupid reasons.
  15. Lawyers with accents

    Ok OP, full disclosure, I didn't listen to the recordings of your voice - I'm just chiming in to let you know that if I heard someone with a British accent, especially one that seems like it could be fake, and I later found out that person had never lived in England - I would have an immediate negative reaction and would seriously question that person's judgment. This negative reaction would far outweigh any opinion I may have had about their accent.