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  1. Does anyone regret going to law school?

    Gonna third these as a 3L at U of T, MikeRoss2. It's hard to get the Bay Street blinders off--and the Faculty/CDO definitely don't help with that--but there's a lot of interesting work out there and opportunity is going to keep knocking for a few more months at least. I've heard nothing but good things about the articling recruit from friends who did it. Bay Street firms do sometimes hire, though I'd encourage you to think outside the box. Persevere! To answer OP's question, I don't regret going to law school. Sometimes I get frustrated or have a bad day. Sometimes I think about what might have been if I chose another path. But most of the time I like my work, I like my colleagues, and I'm excited to practice!
  2. Boss Placed Me On Probation

    "Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God. It even has a watermark." More seriously, I think the support and attention--regardless of the content of the advice--in this thread is very heartening, especially for those of us who are just starting our careers.
  3. Value of Clerking at a Lower Court?

    I shouldn't have said "usually," but it was just 2L for the cycle recently past. The people I asked about it said that applications had once been open to 3Ls, but that some policy had changed in recent years. Not sure how far back that institutional memory stretches. It could change again, but until this year's contest is formally announced I'd assume the same policy will continue.
  4. Value of Clerking at a Lower Court?

    I think that the ONSC clerkships only hire articling students from the 2L pool. The competition is usually closed to 3L students. If you're looking to go back to Bay Street, this means that the clerk's work most closely connected to those jobs (ONSC Commercial List) won't be available.
  5. Thanks for volunteering your experiences! Here's a question I have. You mentioned work in professional discipline, which sounds like an interesting field. But what kind of law is that, really? I'm assuming administrative with a flavour of tort, but what has your experience been?
  6. Clerkships 2017

    ONSC offers started, or perhaps still ongoing, today.
  7. U of T or Western?

    Hey folks, I took a look through the forum and couldn't find this specific comparison since at least 2012. I've received offers from both schools and a major scholarship offer from Western as well. Western looks like a really good school, but were it not for the money I'd be going to U of T without question. I like the culture in Toronto better (grew up in southern Ontario and spent a little time in London, did my undergrad at Toronto), my network and friends are there, and it's where I'd like to practice one day, too. Should I be giving much weight to these considerations? At the moment I don't have a legal specialty or ideal type of firm that I'm really interested in; I intend to develop those interests through 1L, but are there academic or career factors which I should be thinking about too? Any thoughts you have would be very welcome!
  8. I'm a master's student in the UK (not in law) and I know plenty of law students here. I had something long typed up, but in retrospect I think everyone else has said more or less what I wanted to. So a brief summary instead: Legal education in the UK is not a fast track to North American law--the system exists to train lawyers for practice in the UK. Legal education in the US is the best idea if you want to work in NYC. You should not be planning to take an MBA as a terminal degree on your way to law. That's not what it's for.
  9. Accepted 2015

    Certainly! CGPA: 3.73 B2: 3.84 L2: 3.67 LSAT: 169 Strong ECs and a master's in progress at the moment. I'm an "H" alphabetically, if there are theorists out there who'd find that information useful.
  10. Accepted 2015

    Missed the call, but received an email from the Admissions Office today. Surreal. Ecstatic. Has anyone else got the notice via email?
  11. Law Schools (England vs. Canada)

    Anecdotal reply since I'm studying in the UK--not law!--right now: Costs are really, really high. Three years for a law undergrad (LL.B. or BA in law) will probably cost you as much or more than a Canadian school; a graduate diploma in law (GDL) will cost less, but as I understand it will not be of use to you for actually getting a job anywhere outside of the UK. It's much less comprehensive than a JD because it's only one year of foundational legal studies. There are a lot of international students studying law here, but very few with the intention of returning back to their home countries unless: (A) that home country has a major legal centre AND (B) that country is within continental Europe. London's the destination, generally, and so all the big networking events are geared that way too. I don't think you should come here if you want to work in Canada. It will be a costly education in English, not Canadian, law, and the people you meet--both in your program and professionally--will be great personally but have nothing to offer you when it comes to starting a career across the pond. If, however, you like the idea of working in London, then you might give law in the UK a serious look. You wouldn't be alone. One last word of caution though: the UK government does not want you to immigrate here. Visas are a huge pain. Don't expect a permanent move to be easy at all. tl; dr: I agree with the consensus to stay in Canada. PM me if you have any questions about universities in the UK and I'll try to help if I can!
  12. Predict-O-Matic For Ontario Law Schools

    CGPA: 3.73 B2: 3.84 L2: 3.67 LSAT: 169 ECs and refs are both strong. Applications made to Toronto, York, Queen's, Western, and Ottawa. I'd be delighted to hear what anyone with more experience than me thinks.