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thegoodlaw last won the day on January 18 2015

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  1. Call to the bar information bulletin

    From LSUC's website: https://www.lsuc.on.ca/CalltoBar/
  2. Firm Perks

    As long it's a royal swan provided by personal proclamation of Her Majesty.
  3. Firm Perks

    I cannot accept anything less than a swan.
  4. Back to the original question (and away from the snarky juvenile bullshit above), and to add to the substantive responses you've received, it's always difficult to place your undergrad performance as a reliable indicator for your law school performance because law schools accept people from all backgrounds. Some programs allow for higher GPAs because grading/scoring can be easily quantified. Meanwhile, other programs are more hit and miss and a comparatively lower GPA is not necessarily an indicator of less intellect/talent, etc. And those same programs highlight different talents that can benefit you/hurt you. You may have a perfect 4.0 GPA from your Chemistry degree but struggle to grasp concepts in class. Meanwhile the Classics grad, who had a 3.5 GPA, wipes the floor with everyone. Or it could be the other way around.
  5. D+ average in 1L: Feel Broken

    Are these mid-term grades that count or are they fail safes? Don't look at what you got in undergrad - that's meaningless. Everyone around you got straight As (or close to them) in undergrad. Yet most will now be B students. If you're unsure on what constitutes a good exam and what doesn't, I'd highly recommend going to see your prof to go over your exam. They may give you some very good feedback on what your exam lacked and what they were looking for. If they're really awesome, they may even share the A exam with you to show you what a "good" exam looks like. The two C+s can be problematic if they're final grades. What courses are they in? That may shed more light on your situation. A C+ in Torts is more consequential than a C+ in legal writing (or its equivalent).
  6. Tax Law

    It is strong, with some excellent profs and course offerings. The underlined made me laugh hard. That is a very specific career ambition (and one with better prospects when representing the other (my) side!)
  7. Do Law firms hire incoming ILs in any capacity?

    OP's question is based on a hypothesis that if you work at a large law firm in any capacity, you become a more desirable candidate. That is clearly not true. Just as working as a janitor at an airport doesn't raise your chances of being hired as a pilot or working reception at a hospital doesn't increase your chances of getting a residency. But if OP really wants to get a flavour of legal practice, I would suggest working at a small law office where they may see more and get some law-related tasks.
  8. Osgoode vs Queens- Pls Halp

    My main concerns are to do with York's numerous crimes against architecture. Did we beat the Jerries to confine ourselves to bunkers of our own making? I don't think so.
  9. Absolutely no chance with so many typos.
  10. Osgoode vs Queens- Pls Halp

    No. What you seem to be looking for is a school with a sense of community, but also one that has a good criminal program and not cut-off from the major hubs. Queen's ticks all those boxes and, as you say, will be significantly cheaper.
  11. 1L Grades and Summer Jobs

  12. 1L Grades and Summer Jobs

    I'm curious as to what a course in "Writing Criminal" entails. Detective novels?
  13. Attention transfer students

    Re: transferring - why not stay in undergrad and then apply to Queen's straight when your partner is posted to Kingston/Trenton? Transferring will require you to do extremely well in 1L, and that is by no means a guarantee. If you don't get a transfer, you're basically stuck in Manitoba. I can answer the bolded more specifically, because I'm a Queen's grad and have interacted with Belleville firms and know some people articling there. They're small firms and require more networking/in-person interviews to get an articling position. And consequently, jobs are extremely limited. I think dropping in from Manitoba with no network would be very hard.
  14. Firm Perks

    As someone at a small firm, I'm just happy to have an office (yay!) with a window (double yay!) that allows the sun in at certain times of the day (God is smiling on me!).
  15. Best law school to study criminal law

    Queen's is still pretty good in the crim department. You can see that their course offerings are comprehensive. There are a lot of crim trial/appellate advocacy courses that are taught by leading practitioners from Toronto/Kingston/Ottawa -- good for learning and networking. Where Queen's really excels I think is with its experiential training programs. Kingston has high poverty and tons of prisons, so the prison law clinic and legal aid clinics are extremely busy. They're running a ground-breaking bail program in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society, which has been getting a lot of attention. And finally, there are many Queen's students and alumni who are interested in/practice crim. You'll have a good network to connect with.