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  1. The 1L positions are pretty low in the hierarchy. It's in 2L and 3L where it adds more weight to your applications. That's why they take so many. All you do is check citations and proofread. The other exercises are for your learning only. As for the process, you write a small sample and you edit about 10 sentences. It's pretty easy if you write a lot. The number of applicants doesn't seem right. It's definitely one of the more prestigious things you could do, but I doubt everyone is clamouring to check citations. Last thing I'll say is just save yourself and apply to legal aid or pro bono. They are likely more rewarding in terms of fulfillment and resume building.
  2. You seem excited about a secondary market for these securities or a broader offering to the public? Otherwise, you're talking about equity investments or even short-term credit facilities by another name. Law firms need financing. They are not self-financed totally by partnership investment and profit. This is all to say temporary financing cannot be that exciting. That said, I don't think law firms will do this because it means having to answer to investors on how to run litigation. They don't want that and so a general line of credit is more attractive.
  3. I really don't like this argument. It's a little ignorant. The grading and difficulty of programs and schools are too diverse to say this. A 90% from Cape Breton University in an easily marked intro to Canadian poli sci is a lot different than a 90% at U of T engineering. The gpa is just not a great metric for this reason. Saying law students are the academic elite is like saying everyone in the World Junior Hockey tournament is the hockey elite. I think Canada could field at least three teams on its own and still beat Latvia and Germany. Bottom line is there are likely more German and Latvians skating at our law schools than our egos may comfortably accept... The LSAT removes some of this but a lot of schools are accepting lower lsats and the LSAT has its own weaknesses
  4. Lol this sounds like the opening of a new drug's commercial... Side effects include: bankruptcy, low self esteem, depression, suicide, exile in Australia or a random part of England
  5. I think we have to be cautious about two assumptions: 1. OP can improve his/her grades significantly. One D can be a mistake. A transcript of Ds is a problem. I doubt that a eureka moment will turn this situation around. I recommend reading Getting to Maybe. Better late than never, right? 2. OP's law school performance does not have a bearing on his/her performance as a lawyer. I accept the premise that school and practice are different animals. But I don't accept that they are so categorically different that law school grades have no predictive value. At the end or the day, those grades also show your ability to manage your time and fulfill someone's expectation for a level of quality. Tread carefully, OP. None of us have skin in your game.
  6. If I were you, I would do the math. Do three scenarios. If best case in 2L, then where is my gpa for articling. Do the same for a worst and middle scenario. If your gpa isn't going to recover at least somewhat, then it may be time to explore strategic alternatives. That said, if you're rich, then you could probably still stay in just for the option value. Who knows, right? Seems like you have a big problem with exams though.
  7. I feel like this is a good case study for the applicants trying to decide between schools. If you do well at ocis, try to report back! I think you'll probably struggle at ocis given what you tend to find on the ultra vires reports and the general feeling on here. Not much else to say this cycle. Try to make it happen for articling.
  8. lol. I concur.
  9. Not to hijack this thread too much, but what would be a good average at queens for ocis? Bonus points if you know for appellate clerkships
  10. Well that is annoying. Apparently I am using a stone scribe at law school. What innovation are they going to teach their students in a boot camp? Are they going to invent the successor to Ross while learning Donoghue? I doubt it...Also, I have yet to see how a coding lawyer would be helpful. It's called division of labour. These should really say, "Ryerson is pleased to offer a new law school for arts grads to tell their parents they are doing something respectable for 3 years before moving back into their basement"
  11. Hi there, looks like you were in the hunt for 1L jobs and wanted to transfer? Your marks must have slid by a lot. I'm just curious as to what happened.
  12. I think it depends on the school. I would treat this like the foreign law degrees. If you got one from LSE or Oxford or Harvard, then no one is going to care and firms will likely be more interested. But I think that even U of T doesn't have enough to its name to overcome the suspicion that you are doing this because you weren't a strong enough candidate post-JD. That all said, I think there are practical reasons not to do this if you want to practice. Your career office will not be set up for this purpose if at all. You will need to find articling from another country or even another continent. I think that once you're on the ground, you'll find these practical factors will add up.
  13. This seems like a troll if you've been around here, but if not, then I apologize. This is a too good to be true kind of goal. Think about it from the perspective of the employer. Who is going to hire someone to do all this (i.e., travel the world helping people that can't pay for the help)? You have to be extremely talented. That said, I don't think there is ambiguity on what courses to sign up for. There are likely courses on international public law and international criminal law at your school. These would at least signal an interest. Anything in the public law/international public law/criminal law would be helpful. There are also likely designated human rights courses.
  14. I don't know much about IP, but I do know about the business offerings. First, the school doesn't have streams per se. You just concentrate your courses as best as you can. The school is moving towards a business focus, but this doesn't seem to be showing up in the course selection. We certainly cover all the bases but there isn't a lot of room to specialize. We have 2 tax courses while Western has 5 for example.