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  1. Ask a 1L!

    You'll need one for Careers day in second semester. And the 1L recruit if you do that. And the hicks morley moot if you do that. all are in second semester, but I'd recommend getting a suit now when you have plenty of time to shop. and just in case you need it in first semester (not sure why but it's possible)
  2. What did you do in your pre-articling break?

    Not to mention there are other jurisdictions other than Ontario!!
  3. If you were fortunate enough to have a break between graduation and starting your articles, and a medium amount of cash to spend, what did you do and where did you go? Crowdsourcing the best possible pre-articling plan!
  4. If you're at an event that is specifically for recruitment, then people will be watching out for students, and will likely be asked to write up notes about who they saw and who the liked/didn't like. We're asked to keep track of who we like and whether we think they might fit. All data is important going into recruits.
  5. "Senior Call Pays" Rule

    I'd totally agree in private practice (and this has 100% been my experience there - and it's legit so cute when a first year call picks up the cheque and tells you to pay it forward when they were an articling student like 10 seconds ago), but in government it's not always like this. For coffee, for sure. But lunches in government, especially group/team lunches, in my experience, come with cash because everyone throws down cash to pay the bill and if you don't have any, you're in an awkward in-between because on one hand they're like, "Don't worry about it! You're a student!", but on the other hand they clearly didn't intend to take you specifically for lunch so do you have to bring them cash later? Which is really awkward. (And why people don't just do separate cheques in this scenario I'll never understand). So, I think the Senior Call Pays rule is awesome and you can be grateful when it happens but I would also caution that you should be prepared if you have to pay your own way, just in case.
  6. OCI Resume Questions: Awards + Interests Section

    I definitely wouldn't provide the letter. Just put it under your school section, like a bullet under whatever Faculty of Law you're at that says "(NAME OF PRIZE) Prize in Criminal/X Law" and then maybe an explanation "awarded for highest grade" etc.
  7. Living in Aylmer/Gatineau?

    To each their own but I found it almost impossible to get around in Gatineau without French. Everything from the SAQ to cab drivers was a struggle.
  8. Living in Aylmer/Gatineau?

    probably a bad idea then!
  9. Living in Aylmer/Gatineau?

    how's your french?
  10. 3L Dean's List, Pt 2

  11. Loans must be paid back!

    Having access to 100k in credit is different than having 100k in debt. For many it's a safety net when banks are willing to give you good rates. And it's usually far more competitive terms than a student loan.
  12. Please negotiate your LOC

    This is potentially a stupid question but can you negotiate your LOC once you have it? My LOC is set up so the interest comes out of my chequing account, but I would prefer if it did the Scotiabank thing and just added the interest to the principal on my LOC. But is it too late to have this conversation? I haven't put any money on my LOC yet but I have had it for a year.
  13. Ask a 1L!

    I find they gave lots of notice too, so it wasn't too hard to avoid the auto-update until exams were over.
  14. Ask a 1L!

    I agree I don't know if Castle or Exchange bursaries are that widespread but I think if you line up an internship you pretty much get the Torys public interest bursary for about 4K. I really haven't heard of anyone applying and not getting that one.
  15. Ask a 1L!

    Kali covered 1 and 2 so: 3. Big question: QLA: There are a few types of students that volunteer for QLA. First, there are the first year volunteers. Second, there are upper year volunteers. Third, there are Group Leaders. These are students who (almost always) summered at the clinics in their 1L or 2L years, and then are volunteer Group Leaders for a group of about 8 students. Fourth and finally there are Clinical Litigation Program (Practicum?) students, who are upper years taking the clinic for credit. Sometimes three and four are the same people. You usually have a meeting with your group every week, where people talk about what they're doing. This is where you will be assigned files. Files are assigned based on your capacity and interest. 1Ls can take on one file and just run it all year, or take on as many as they can handle. Mostly its up to the student to decide their own capacity. The types of files available to QLA students are employment, criminal injury compensation board, landlord tenant, social benefits tribunal issues, some small criminal issues, basically anything that a student at Queen's or low-income resident of Kingston can get up to. So it varies, a lot. So you run your file which means corresponding with the client, looking at evidence and discovery, sometimes meeting with Crowns and even doing appearances, depending on your file. Everything is reviewed by Review Counsel. The other part of your job is doing intakes, which is when prospective clients come to the clinic and tell you their issues, and you take notes and interview them to see if their matter is something that QLA can handle. The staff at the clinic do a great job of pre-screening these people, so if you're meeting with them it's quite likely they will become our client, and sometimes if something seems really interesting to you and is assigned to your group, you can request the file. So, the commitment is really as much or as little as you would like to take on. Weekly meetings are a given, you'll probably do one or two intakes sessions per semester (which take about three hours). Then you run your file, which might be really involved, like drafting submissions or prepping for a hearing, or it might be really easy/boring, like calling someone again and again to get discovery but there's nothing you can really do until you get it. Hours-wise, it really depends. You also may have to go to the clinic every time, or you can do it from home. So that also varies the overall commitment. QLJ: The Journal has set tasks that the volunteers do, and the good thing is they tell you right up front what all your deadlines are, so you can put them in your calendar and plan ahead for them. The way the Journal works is that you get hired, they have a session to teach you all about the McGill Guide and how to do citations. Then you're assigned to a paper that the Journal is editing to publish that semester. The first assignment you do is called a "First Five" where you're assigned your citations and then you do five as perfectly as possible and then get feedback from your upper year editors. Then you go back and do the rest of your citations, which involves checking the citations for compliance with the McGill Guide, substantive accuracy (as in, does it say what the author says it says?), and pull the source itself to make sure any quote or attribution is correct, and file it in the Journal office so upper year editors can check on stuff later. Then there are other assignments throughout the year like abstract writing - you read your paper and then write an abstract; internal reviews - so when a paper comes to the Journal, you review it to see if it's something of the quality that the Journal should publish. You do the editing cycle twice, one paper in the fall and one in the winter, and then the other assignments are interspersed, but I would say your time commitment is high at the beginning of the semester/editing cycle and then much lower for the rest of the semester until the one-off assignments come out. You also do get a schedule right off the bat which helps you plan your semester. PBSC: Pro bono varies widely depending on what project you're on. There are probably like 10 or 15 different projects, and each project has a team of students from 2-6, which is responsible for usually creating some kind of access to justice-type document that can help, for example, elderly people know their rights with regards to housing, or students know their rights in tenancy issues. Sometimes your PBSC project will take you into the community to present directly to the people you're aiming for. PBSC is also very flexible in that it can tackle issues that are pressing in the community right away - for example, last year there were presentations on immigration and refugee issues for the Syrian refugees that were settling in Kingston. But the time commitment for this varies a lot depending on what project you're on, it's almost impossible to foresee but it's usually not onerous. I think Queen's did a PBSC Project of the Week thing where each group talked about what they did? It's potentially available on social media somewhere, try a google! Hope that helps.