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  1. Life After the SCC

    Its going to be a tough uphill battle to overcome this obstacle, but you've nailed it: the best way to find post clerkship work is via your resume and cover letter. A good way to open and close your resume is to highlight what you got out of the clerkship. Something like reserving an entire page or two to write "me SCC clerk" in size 215 font should do. I think any typeface will help emphasize your work experience, but you could go the extra mile and see what comic sans or even wingdings might get you. In your cover letter you may have to be a bit more subtle, but something I've heard that works is to caption a scanned picture of you and your judge at the court looking friendly together with "me wan jorb pls". Don't forget to use SCC letterhead! And the addressee goes top left, you go top right, ur sunk.
  2. Clerkships

    10% seems a bit high, and I don't believe there's any strict filtration system that closes the door to anyone under an A average (maybe at the SCC, but I'd still like to think that exceptions are made in special circumstances). I'd advise anyone interested in clerking to [1] have above average grades, period; [2] apply broadly to appellate and trial division alike, and be open to different regions in Canada (the big cities are typically the most competitive); and [3] realize that, like pretty much any position, the better your grades, the better your chances, duh, but if you don't apply you have zero chances, so just apply. Sure, it's hard work to go through the process of applying to any job. And maybe if you have straight D's an SCC clerkship is out of the question. Otherwise, OP if you want the job go for it. Also, depending on your school, your Fall grades will be included in your transcripts, meaning they can raise (or lower) your average making you a more competitive candidate. Though your role may vary depending on the court and region, the job mostly requires writing and editing skills and research skills. It shouldn't be hard to find experience to show of your skills here; and as Jaggers notes above, getting published or working as an RA may help set you apart from those who only have their grades to show. If you can't get that far, edit a journal or blog, and write about the law whenever the chance arises. It's always great to have published work, and it doesn't have to be a law journal to count. Also, since your clients would be judges, it wouldn't hurt to be able to demonstrate diplomacy and tactfulness and some level of maturity (not necessarily maturity in terms of age, mind you, but rather being able to handle advising judges and being comfortable with telling them they may be wrong while also giving deference considering their lifetime of experience and the fact that you're not even a lawyer yet.) For the latter skills, taking on leadership and volunteer roles may be useful. Finally, don't overlook subject matter expertise. For one, if you're interested in appellate courts, perhaps you may want to show off your administrative law chops. Further, if you're applying to the Federal Courts you should know the scope of its jurisdiction, and be able to show off at least some expertise in an area it hears with regularity. Hope that helps, and good luck.
  3. Solicitor 2018

    When I wrote the barrister, I thought it would be a breeze because I had a strong knowledge of all those subjects. I, too, was worried about writing the solicitor having taken no relevant courses. I was fine. In fact, I was surprised to find the solicitor exam far easier because my overconfidence on the barrister probably led me to hang around too long on questions I felt I should have known the answer to and if I spent long enough on it, I'd get it right. That was a dumb approach because, thanks to my pride, I found myself short on time. As posters have said above, it's a time-limited page-flipping exercise. Read and understand the question in 30 seconds. Read and understand the answers in 20. Flip to where you think the answer is in 15. take 15-30 seconds to find the answer, knowing you still need 10 to fill in the thing and double check you filled in the right bubble. Out of time? Move on. "Wait but if I keep at it I'll get the answer with certainty" you'll say. MOVE ON. The more you adhere to a rigid schedule, the more answers you at least get to invest some time in. It's better to make an educated guess on every question than to be filling in 30 bubbles with C at the end hoping some of em are indeed Cs. That's all there is to it. I didn't know or understand the planning act before, and I sure as shit don't understand it now. The key isn't to develop some incredibly fast critical thinking skills between now and the exam allowing you to get a perfect score. The key is to manage your stress and practice sticking to the plan above. Promise yourself you'll move on when you realize you can't find an answer and focus instead on getting all the prof responsibility gimmes correct. On that note, don't wait until exam day: devise a system that will allow you to remember which questions you've skipped and which questions you could maybe return to and confirm. I used a system where I put an asterisk in the top left to denote a return question, and a big X to denote I knew 100% I was right. Not the best plan; those look pretty similar. Use your sticky tabs or whatever maybe. Good luck!
  4. Suits For Men

    Coats can be pretty hit-or-miss, especially depending on your body type and the brand--and also if it sizes by S\M\L instead of using a suit sizing model; although if they size by the latter, that's a good sign. I'm not sure where you're located, but if your main problem is fitting, you should go to your nearest Bay (or anywhere that houses a swath of brands) dressed in whatever you want to wear beneath the overcoat/topcoat and try on a variety of brands to find those that works. Once you have a sense of what brands fit your body type, it should be a breeze to start investigating within them for specific styles of coat.
  5. Suits For Men

    Even though my immediately preceding post referenced funerals...?
  6. Suits For Men

    I don't really understand why you posed this as a correction here, there's no need for it. It's pretty obvious what I meant when I wrote "mourning". I wasn't referring to "morning attire"; I didn't write "mourning attire". And black suits are clearly and correctly worn for mourning. Anyway, I won't disagree with your points. Yes, black suits look great in natural light. Yes, black is a popular choice for formal events and an unpopular one for business wear. I will disagree, however, that they should be avoided for these reasons, and I don't think either of these points--despite being true--are conclusive justifications to continue the rule of never wearing a black suit to work. For one, natural light improves the look of most colours and many fabrics. So what? For two, other coloured suiting is perfectly appropriate for formal wear as it is for business (save beauties like puke green or banana yellow, high-risks in either case), distinguishing it from a black-tie event. Everyone knows what to wear at a black-tie event. The only distinction, colour-wise, between a formal and business suit, according to you, is black. Again: so what?
  7. Articling Offer

    What's the problem with calling and doing the same? My policy is usually to respond to someone in the explicit way they ask. I do this because [1] it's polite; and [2] I find it annoying myself when I explicitly tell someone "send me an email" or "text me" or "give me a call" and they instead proceed to text, call, or email, respectively, not-at-all in the way I said would be convenient for me (there's obviously acceptable exceptions like "hey, I can't call you, I'm out of the country, I hope email is okay" or "I'm not near a computer, I hope it's okay that I just phoned"). If they say call, call. If you have concerns about accepting an offer before you've seen the terms and salary, just say that over the phone. I don't see any problem with asking for specifics and it would be a red flag if this upset them in some way, like "how dare you request terms of our offer you pathetic student... OFFER REVOKED!"
  8. Suits For Men

    Yes. Your suit is not big enough. The flexibility and breathability is key for showing off your dance moves.
  9. Suits For Men

    Fair and corrected; though I do recall reading somewhere that barristers indeed wore black with some regularity. But I won't push it without support and I can't find any online articles that help me. Nevertheless, I maintain my position above: reserving black suiting for mourning or evening wear is antiquated. I've never thought anyone rocking a black suit looked like a funeral-goer or waiter, unless they accessorized in a way that made them appear so (e.g. adding a black tie or, worse, a black dress shirt.)
  10. Suits For Men

    Despite what some people will tell you, I think most people don't genuinely care about any "black suit rule". Strangely, it also only seems to apply to men; women wear black suiting with impunity even though I'm fairly certain that people identifying as all genders are allowed to attend funerals and weddings. I'm also pretty sure I've said it earlier in this thread too, that wearing black to work is fine, accepting the risk that someone might sneer unreasonably at your sartorial choice; I say these kinds of unwritten rules are easily broken so long as you put thought into your outfit. Were we in London, but you'd be barred from wearing brown shoes per the "no brown in town" rule. Seems crazy that the rules change depending on which side of the pond you're on. That's probably because despite the rules' underlying justification being outdated, we keep perpetuating them by refusing to be just a little bold and break from tradition. Look in the mirror. Do you look like a limo driver? Okay, now try it without the hat. Still? Maybe just don't wear it. Or, try again with some different combos like a patterned shirt and a muted but colourful tie instead of the white shirt/black tie combo that's pretty much sealing your fate as a high-class waiter. Anyway, despite the above endorsement of black, I'd still encourage a navy or charcoal grey suit as a preferable daily option, especially for anyone reading this shopping for a first summer/articling position suit. But if you've already got those and are just considering sporting a black suit to work to mix things up, no, the sky isn't going to open up and swallow you whole if you go for it.
  11. Suits For Men

    I believe you can, however, dress fashionable within the parameters of "conservative". Yes, you're safe with a dark charcoal suit, white shirt, grey tie, and black oxfords and belt. It borders on funeral wear though. And I dare say that that other side of the spectrum can be harmful because it can make you unmemorable. I'm saying this with the massive humongous crucial caveat that if you have no idea about fashion, then you absolutely should not test the waters! Yet, there are ways to make your outfit pop a little, just enough to both make give a memorable impression. You don't also want to come off bland, and I've never gotten a negative comment about making fashionable (but conservative) choices. Even in interviews. Hearing "nice tie" or "great shoes" always feels good and can boost your confidence. For interviews: If you wear a dark charcoal suit, I think a light blue shirt with a bright (not loud...bright) colour and pattern tie (eg polkas, or paisley) is better than white and grey and un-patterned. If you wear a navy suit, I think a white shirt and dark colour tie with a subtle or simple pattern (eg club or plaid) can look great. Matching colour oxfords and belts in both cases. I wouldn't wear any other colour for an interview and under no circumstances would I wear sockless loafers to an interview. The point here is that you shouldn't be scared to mix some colour and some pattern into your otherwise conservative outfit. For summer: depends wear you work, but start with the same as your interview garb and if you sense there is room to play, then you can start adding shirts that are patterned or different (light) colours like pink. Or try different (still conservative) coloured or patterned suits. If you get compliments, great. If you get uncomfortable glares and negative comments, dial it back. But loafers, definitely no. Unless you're in government or over 50.
  12. Rules and Bylaws Section (Bar Exam) - Read It?

    There's no real trick or formula; do whatever on earth you need to do to feel confident. I spread practice throughout my reading, somewhat like @TheScientist101. It helped give me a sense both of how to read the materials. Once you've read the materials, I think it's been said many times on this board (and I agree) that the only thing you should review are the professional responsibility sections. You can do that in one day, or even a half day. Also, it sounds dumb, but in your practice, you should practice and consider page flipping. The exam really is in many ways a page flipping exercise (which is why trivial things count). You should be comfortable with going back and forth from your index or table of contents to find the answers. With something like 1:45 per question, you shouldn't waste time with inefficiencies. And, in a long-ass day of repetitive mental activity, it can be easy to lose meaningful seconds just from pure laziness. In that 1:45 you need to (a) read the question fully and understand it; (b) read the answers fully and understand them; (c) consider where in your materials the answer may be (if you don't know off the top of your head, which you often won't); and (d) go find it. Frankly, I found that (a) and (d) took up the majority of my time. If you've already read the materials, (c) is the easy or instantaneous part. Finally, I also found it paid off to push myself harder in advance of the day before, on which I chilled out to the maximum. Depending on your mental toughness, its not a bad idea to just completely relax and de-stress fully the day before. It can be especially helpful for sleep to spend a full day not at all thinking about it. And I mean, at all: packing in advance; charting your route (if driving); snacks and lunch plan designed; setting your alarms. May not work for everyone, but I thought the day off provided a good buffer.
  13. Rules and Bylaws Section (Bar Exam) - Read It?

    1. you should read them; 2. It shouldn't take you 1-2 full days to do it either.
  14. To 1Ls asking for feedback on their grades

    Come on that's not fair. What about students who have an A+ in tort, property, contracts, constitutional, and criminal law but want to know if their A in legal writing will be a barrier to becoming Supreme Court Chief Justice? It was always their dream! Are they not entitled to anonymous internet people telling them that their dream can come true and advising them how?
  15. Tips on Being a Great Summer Student

    Just to frame this a little differently, because I wouldn't want anyone still discouraged from asking questions they perceived as falling into that category of actually-stupid questions: I disagree that such a class of stupid questions exists. I believe there are two classes of questions, though: [1] questions that you can look up yourself easily, and [2] all other questions. Don't ask [1]. Do ask [2]. I ask nearly every seemingly obvious question that comes in my head--provided it doesn't fall into class [1]--and it has saved my butt on numerous occasion; especially because it often reveals that the person I'm talking to has no idea either and would like the answer too. I can't recall ever hearing someone tell me that my question was stupid. The reason nobody complains is probably because I'm using my discretion to avoid asking any question that can easily be looked up, and I think that's partly what Bob's getting at above. If you're asking "what is a security" before hitting a textbook or typing it into google...well. But that's not stupid, that's being inefficient with your time, and disrespectful of the time of whomever you're asking. The question itself probably isn't stupid, though and I agree with bob that nobody--especially not summer/articling students--should feel too proud to admit what they don't know, because that's the best risk-free time to develop their inquisitiveness muscles. And if you don't know where on the spectrum between [1] and [2] your question falls, just frame your question that way "maybe this is a dumb question, sorry for wasting your time by asking but" or "I know I can google this, so I apologize for asking but I want to understand your assignment" or something along those lines. Make sure the person you're asking knows that the purpose of your asking is to try and be efficient with both your time and they'll likely happily answer you without thinking anything less of you. Tied into the above, there's no harm in (1) admitting what you may not know that well ("Securities is not my usual jam"); (2) getting intel on the best sources on that subject ("what text/source is your go-to for securities"). I always ask colleagues what their preferred sources are for legal topics outside my comfort zone, and I keep a running list. Knowing where to go first for research has proven itself priceless countless times.