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  1. I don't remember where I got the info but it wasn't a blind guess. I will try and look back at my notes and let you know.
  2. I mean, it depends. One of the ones I went to, I legitimately had a great time, connected with lots of people, and stayed nearly until the end. They later hired me. There were others in which I left within the first twenty minutes of getting there. You'll get a feel for it. Just don't stay longer than is comfortable and, you know, don't get drunk.
  3. $100k seems to be pretty standard for Bay Street firms, but outside of that it tends to be lower (or even much lower, depending on your region and area of practice). I don't know what OP's situation is, but $100k is a lot of money, and if you think about it, nowhere near necessary to live quite comfortably, particularly not when starting out a career. If OP is the sole provider for a family of several, then I can see it for sure, but even in a two-person household, $100k is way more than enough. Two people can probably live comfortably on $60k at a reasonable location within Toronto; that's probably within the reach of a new call. Notwithstanding all of that, I still maintain that OP has not exhausted all of the avenues to get paid very well in Canada. Of course you can make $100k as a new call in this country, you just have to be amongst the 30% or so who end up getting that kind of work. And if the OP is not able to achieve that, then I'm not sure he/she will be able to accomplish making substantially more in some other country.
  4. Very few people get a job for 1L summer on Bay. Your first term transcript needs to be filled with many As, and even then nothing is guaranteed. The 2L recruit is where the big chunk of your class will end up being recruited for a Bay Street job. Feel free to apply, if anything to get a feel for the process, but go into it with low expectations unless your grades are stellar. Don't fret over not getting anything. The vast majority of people don't.
  5. But what about the Tremendous Thirteen?
  6. If you're looking to move to the US then I suggest reconsidering. Lawyers make more there, sure, but only on the top ends, which are incredibly competitive (moreso than nearly anywhere in Canada). Very few are "in the middle", and the vast majority of everyone else is making less than an average lawyer would ever make here. Now I know you never said you are looking to go to the US, but I figure I'd mention it as it's a popular destination for many because of the potential earnings. I also assume that your "in" at whatever country you're looking to practice in is pretty solid, right? Because lawyers here also have the potential to earn a lot of money, but they're usually at a Bay Street firm or notable boutique; you said you're at a small shop. So are you certain you're competitive enough to reach such high earning potential in the country of your choice when it seems like you haven't even tapped out the Canadian market for earning potential? With respect to whether you should be looking for other work when you've committed to article at a firm: I don't think anyone here is going to tell you that you should. It's not ethical to do that once you agreed to the job. But I mean, if that's not a factor, there's really nothing else to stand in your way, save for actually getting called in Canada. That may have practical considerations that you might want to look at, but if you're sure you never want to practice here and you're fine with screwing your principal by reneging on your commitment, then sure, go for it.
  7. It's my understanding that a Bachelor of Applied Arts (or Applied Science) is not a true bachelor's degree. That said, I do see that Humber also offers real four-year bachelor's degrees, but I'm not certain how they would be accepted by law schools. Ontario universities, in their OLSAS information packages, have been pretty clear that only "university" grades would be accepted. Even the OLSAS conversion chart does not have colleges listed. So how that plays into the acceptance of a college bachelor's degree is unknown but I would certainly find out by calling schools before you continue in your program, if your end goal is to apply to law schools.
  8. I would say you're definitely a "splitter" (I.e., very high LSAT and very low cGPA or vice versa) and the calculator is probably not going to give you a useful answer. At the end of the day, it's a linear equation, whereas I would think, as LSAT and cGPA relationships are concerned with respect to splitters, it probably tends to curve a bit on the higher ends. I would underline, though, that Canadian law schools put much less focus on the LSAT than American schools. A 175 is very impressive but is more likely to get you into an decent American school with that low GPA than a Canadian school. Not to say you don't have a chance in Canada (far from it; I think you'll get in somewhere if you apply broadly) -- it's just something you should be mindful of.
  9. I went to a small university and I reject the assertion that it didn't have a strong faculty or prepare me for a career in my field. Maybe in some majors, there's a "big school" advantage, but let's not speak categorically.
  10. I imagine that wasn't intended to be limited so substantially. I've flagged this for Morgan to review.
  11. It's probably incomplete. The Ethical Lawyering schedule link gives a 404 as well. Sections have not been announced yet (notwithstanding the fact that people have figured out a way to see which one they are in) so I wouldn't expect to have complete schedules yet.
  12. I'm at an OCI firm. I'd be lying if I said my business degree didn't help me get an interview. It would also not be true to say that it hasn't come in handy in my work so far. That said, none of the other students have business degrees and they got along just fine. I think if you can demonstrate interest, which includes educating yourself on business concepts (e.g., take a "business for lawyers" course at your law school if it's available, or just learn concepts by watching videos from educational institutions on YouTube), then it will likely not be a hinderance that you don't have a business degree.
  13. I think you can talk about it if it's a genuine interest. There's no "right reason" to become a lawyer that the law schools are looking for.
  14. I can't say for certain but it's possible they do it because percentages are more immediately understandable to people than the OLSAS scale.