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  1. How's everyone holding up after two days? This feels more tiring than the 2L process for some reason.
  2. was offered a second interview at the immediate conclusion of my first clyde and co interview.
  3. Brown and Burnes

    nice. that's what i call legal research.
  4. gowlings and mcmillan are both in this recruit on a small scale. nothing special to report.
  5. You'll be fine. Firms don't test you on substantive knowledge about business law during interviews. They gauge your ability to learn the substantive stuff based on your profile.
  6. Ask a 1L student

    Hard to say. But it's the second week of September - nothing substantial will be happening then. Just book your ticket and talk to whomever your Friday prof is about that class' material should you need to miss one.
  7. Course Selection / Waitlist

    If you want to be in a course - then bid enough to get into it? Otherwise, you are on the waitlist. That's kind of how a bid system works. Thus, if you want to be in a specific course, then pony up and you put your bid points where your mouth is. Sounds like you want to get all your preferred courses for 0 points. Tough. That's not how it works. Everyone starts with the same amount of bid points (except JD/HBA students). The University did put something in place to prevent this. You just didn't play it right.
  8. Ask a 1L student

    The first assignment in my year was a case brief. A summary is essentially a collection of many case briefs.
  9. Course Selection / Waitlist

    If you are waitlisted, then you did not bid enough to get in. What's the point of whining about it after the fact?
  10. Course Selection / Waitlist

    Bid more next year.
  11. I totally understand your point about pursuing happiness for myself first and foremost. But it goes back to my previous point that after 25 years of thinking a certain way to consider everyone around me, that feeling is not going be undone overnight. Furthermore, I feel my own happiness is intertwined with the happiness of my parents (and other people). So to be happy with myself, I have to provide. It sounds counter-intuitive I know. Perhaps as I grow older, my views will change. I am not stubborn to the fact that there is only one way to do or feel about things. For example, Pluto is still a planet to me because that's what I was taught growing up! Perhaps, I will accept it is only a oversized rock one day
  12. Look, I applaud your achievements. I really do. I appreciate and enjoy all the content you share on this forum. It is not easy to be a mother and coming from the background you do and still excel in law school. I am also glad you have a strong bond with your parents and you have struck a balance in "repaying" them. However, I am confident you are smart enough to realize that every family has a different story. Every scenario is also different. I cannot judge the relationship you have with your parents except for taking your word on it. Just like you could not judge the relationship I have with my parents except taking my word on it. For example, my parents would not care if I mail them a monthly cheque with a stipend on it. They raised me and my brothers and sisters for the past 20+ years on less than $1450 a week. Slapping money at them is not going to make them happy. Rather, seeing each one of us reach the fullest potential they perceive us as being born with is what matters to them. My parents did not leave our native land because of war or dangers. They left because they truly believed (right or wrong at the time) that Canada offered more opportunities for me and my siblings when we got older. They left all their support network (family and friends) and a stable albeit not "prestigious or stellar" career behind to begin anew in Toronto. I think with the benefit of hindsight, I can say they are definitely correct. If I do not achieve and make the best of my situation, how ungrateful would I be? I know many people back home who would kill to be in my shoes. Obviously, me squandering the opportunity has no bearing on the other people back home. However, like your own subway worker example, we should gain perspective by comparing how fortunate we are with what we do have right? In conclusion, I'm glad you have found your own way to cope. However, as a good law answer would tell you, I urge you to view the "in the alternative" scenario. I dont think either of us are wrong; there is really no one size fit all answer here.
  13. Right, the firm does not have to be a seven sisters and any big law firm will do. But I am also addressing the broader umbrella of whether law (and big law) is "prestigious" Just for fun, I want to direct your attention to what would constitute "enough prestige", even with the 7 Sisters moniker aside. For example, I think within the context I provided (which you claim you relate to), you may agree that the following confers a different level of prestige: a) a residential real estate lawyer in Vaughan who makes 100K; OR b) a first year big law associate in downtown Toronto who also makes 100K but in a 50 floor high rise Is this silly? You bet. Is it real though? Also yes. At the end of the day, a law student, a new call, or even a veteran lawyer just has to find the place of employment which makes them happy. However, happiness takes many forms. I think it is important to note that individual happiness is not the only form of happiness that matters.
  14. I don't have any basis to ground this on, but when I read this forum, I get the sense that most posters are white. I will preface this by saying I am no expert in sociological or anthropological studies, but as a visible minority who was brought up by first generation immigrants, I want to point that cultural differences play a very important factor in considering what constitutes as "prestige". Many of my peers comprise of students who were raised within the same context. For our parents, us making it through undergrad and then into professional school, is a huge accomplishment that brings a tremendous amount of pride to our family. You would think that merely "making it" is enough - but it is not. There is a huge amount of pressure on us to "repay" our parents' sacrifice, and that means aspiring to the highest goal possible. I understand some (if not all) of you may feel that Bay Street is not the pinnacle. However, a "Bay Street Job" represents something "tangible" that we can bring back to our parents as a quantifiable accomplishment to show them that their hopes and dreams for us were not in vain. That six figure first year associate salary is something that they can understand. I can guarantee they couldn't tell you who the seven sister firms are even if you gave them a multiple choice test of a) Davies b) Toys R us c) Wal-Mart d) Canadian Tire. But yet, us being downtown, at a prominent centre that pays a lot is something they can take comfort and solace in. Are we wrong for wanting to do our parents proud? I personally don't think so. Do I have "problems" as providence may put it? Sure. But this is 25~ years of upbringing that we have experienced, and it's not something that can be placated by a simple "no one really cares once you are in practice". Even if I agree with all of you, (and on some level I do), the "debt" I owe my parents trumps that. I don't know why I wrote all this, but I just wanted to share another viewpoint that I haven't seen posted in this thread yet.
  15. Worried B- student

    1-3/20 is generous with a B- average. A B student might get 1-3/20 if the student applies broadly.