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  1. Scotia rewards points

    Yep! If I recall correctly, they showed up in December, which would've been the statement after the 3-month period ended.
  2. Scotia rewards points

    I got the 20,000 when I signed up despite having no fee, although I did have to spend the $500 in the first 3 months before the points were added. I highly recommend you call everyone in their customer service department and fight like hell for those points, because the rewards are excellent and the points are converted to dollar value at a much fairer rate than some of the other rewards cards.
  3. Uriel, thanks so much for doing this! As I think I've stated before, your peeks-behind-the-curtain are beyond fascinating. I recently finished 1L, and I'm considering a career in class actions, so I'd like to ask two questions: 1) What would you consider the most boring parts of your job? I've heard class action work in particular can be dull at times because the plaintiff's side involves so much client intake and the defence side involves a painstaking amount of doc review. 2) Are there any practice areas that provide a convenient stepping stone to class action work? I currently work for a PI lawyer that handles exclusively pre-trial and trial work from other lawyers. Do the skills I'm developing in this line of work make me attractive to a firm practicing in class actions? Thanks again, keep being scholarly and gentlemanly!
  4. LOC to prime?

    My PSLOC is at Prime as well. I'm at Osgoode, not UofT, and assumed that I got lucky because my family has a decades-long relationship with the branch manager. After reading this thread, I think it's certainly possible that it's become policy to provide PSLOC's at prime to students at the Toronto schools with good credit, or at least for this to be on the table to be negotiated.
  5. Firstly OP, congratulations on overcoming the tremendous degree of adversity that life's thrown your way. You should be proud to even be posting on this board and in a position to consider law school. I echo what the other comments have said; ask yourself "why am I a good candidate for law school?" and if the answer involves the fact that you've faced these challenges and tackled them, ask yourself "how does that resilience and wisdom make me better suited to succeeding as a law student?". Be as honest and transparent as you're comfortable with. It's unclear if your anxiety simply comes from concern over how to effectively address these issues in your personal statement or if it's more personal in the sense that you haven't had to think about many of these things for a long time, and this experience is bringing all these feelings back to the surface. If it's the latter, you'll need to spend a lot of time coming to grips with your feelings before you're ready to hit the "submit" button. Also, as an aside, I've been told that the personal statement is assessed not just based on the content, but also on the writing ability of the author. From the tone and diction of your post, you write like a lawyer, which isn't a bad thing at all. But if you're going to get as intimate in your personal statement as you're suggesting, try to convey that in your language choices. Drop the tangents and even some of the formalities, and focus only on the most salient details. Let the admissions committee feel the suspense of the obstacles that have come at you, feel sympathy when you were at your low points, and feel the rush of watching you transform into the wise and determined law school applicant you are now as a result of the growth you've undergone. Make your personal statement personal. Hope that helps, and good luck!
  6. Thanks for all of the helpful replies. I'm going to sit on this for a while - as utmguy aptly pointed out, I'm yet to receive clear feedback indicating that I'm not meeting expectations. I guess rest, a social life, and focusing on my health is the answer... aka three things that are notoriously difficult to achieve when working in the legal field.
  7. In the interest of anonymity, I'm going to be unfortunately and frustratingly vague, but this forum has always been a source of guidance and comfort for me and I'm not really sure where to turn. Recently, my SO has struggled with some serious mental health issues which have negatively impacted our relationship. We've since (sort of?) broken up, but are still very much in the process of working towards her health and our own happiness, and these issues are very much ongoing. Regrettably, this entire experience has negatively impacted my own mental health, and my work performance has been hindered. I approached my employer once before explaining that I was stressed about these problems and that while my productivity may be slowed, I would still certainly get everything done and would continue to work after everyone had gone home in order to compensate. They were supportive and understanding, but asked me to ensure that if there was an assignment I wouldn't be able to complete that I make sure to flag it in advance. Now I'm worried I'll have to approach them again; while I'm getting the work done, I'm doubtful that it's getting done to my best ability and I think that's unfair to my employer. So my queries: Should I go back to my employer and explain things further, or should I try to push through and hope for the best? For some of the more senior lawyers on this board, if one of your employees, lawyer or non-lawyer, came to you and described the situation as I have, would you view them as weak and unmotivated, or would you appreciate their candour? And finally, how do you all deal with the stresses of life without it impacting your work performance?
  8. Working in Law School?

    I haven't started law school, so I defer to the people who have in terms of reasonableness of workload. But how far is your employer willing to go to accommodate you? While I was in undergrad, mine instructed our IT guys to install all of the remote office software onto my laptop so that I could work whenever was convenient without having to worry about coming into the office. If I suspected that I'd have too much schoolwork to work on a project, I'd do my best to inform my boss well in advance, and he would simply re-assign it to someone else, no questions asked. The other consideration is what type of work you're doing. Do you think that you could stay attuned to the developing events in each files while only being at the office 10 hours per week? If your tasks are mostly secretarial then this isn't even a concern, but if you're more intimately involved than that, I'd imagine it would be a bit of a learning curve to update yourself on everything that's happened in the five days you haven't been at the office and to catch up on everything during the remaining two.
  9. Law Schools That Accept Undergrad Students?

    My thinking was that having a degree without having to do any additional credits was more advantageous than having no degree, especially if for some reason I don't end up graduating from law school. But you're absolutely right, if people see "J.D." on a business card, the other letters become less relevant...
  10. Law Schools That Accept Undergrad Students?

    I just got my acceptances out of third year. I haven't started law school yet, so I defer to barelylegal and Hegdis about what it's like to be a young person in law school. FWIW, I always felt I didn't relate as well to people my age and probably have more in common with the 60 year olds that I work with than the other twenty-something year old students, so if that resonates with you then cool. I will point out, though, that applying out of your third year doesn't necessarily mean your degree is "incomplete." Many schools offer 3-year BA programs, and some allow you to graduate with a BA instead of an Honour's degree if you have the right combination of credits (I chose the latter option). So if this is something you're serious about, be smart with your course selection and you may end up with the best of both worlds - in the sense that you'll have a BA degree and you'll start law school at 20-21.
  11. Recommended course for Personal Injury law

    Constitutional law, and then you can promptly challenge the wave of legislation many provinces are passing that reduce accident benefits and are drying up much of the PI practice.* In all seriousness though, if you end up taking a non-law related, more medicine-focused course you may want to consider something in psychology/psychiatry as opposed to physiology. Physical injuries are really easy to identify, and counsel/juries don't struggle to understand them nearly as much as they're confused by psychiatric or neurological injuries. * I'm only half-joking. You may want to sign this petition if you're concerned about the future of PI law in Ontario and the availability of jobs in that field. I believe similar petitions exist in other provinces.
  12. Networking with Opposing Counsel?

    I'm a non-lawyer. I'd like to think I have enough experience at the firm not to make a total ass of myself, but I can agree that I have nowhere near the requisite amount of legal knowledge to be certain that I wouldn't make a mistake. I think I agree with the tone of the posts on here suggesting that I stand little to gain and much more to lose by saying anything more than a polite "hello" when we're introduced. Exactly the reaction I was unsure if it would solicit. Thanks for the replies
  13. I found out today that the lawyer on the other side of an appeal that the firm I work for is bringing happens to be a partner in a very prestigious firm and a professor at the school I'm going to in the fall. I've been very involved with the appeals and usually go to court with the lawyers, so I would love to take advantage of the opportunity to network with a potential future professor of mine. However, I'm concerned about the optics - will it look bad to members of my firm if I'm getting chummy with the opposing counsel? And does the context of being on opposing sides make it likely that he won't want to be speaking with me anyways?
  14. Accepted 2015

    Accepted this morning as well, looks like we're all riding the wave CGPA 3.65, LSAT 168, I think my softs are fairly unremarkable considering how diverse and accomplished Osgoode's class always is. Oz is my first choice and I'm absolutely thrilled. Good luck to everyone still waiting, I can't wait for all of you to be my classmates!
  15. Accepted 2015

    In as of last week! 3.65/168, with relatively average softs. Congrats to everyone's who's been accepted