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  1. I'm not from the GTA, nor am I interested in working in that particular area of the province. However, like you, I've just finished 1L and will be summering at a criminal firm in my hometown. I can share my experience with you, but feel free to take my response with a grain of salt if you wish/feel that it's necessary. I'm sure some of my friends from the GTA can help as well, with advice more personal to your geographic location. I found my summer job by cold-calling firms that I was interested in working for. As a result, I was given several opportunities to craft an application package, and attend the occasional interview; one of which turned into the offer of employment I accepted. It might be a little late for this summer, but also a little early to be looking for next summer. So I think if I were you, I would contact the firms that interest you to see if you can meet with one of their lawyers for coffee to discuss their work as criminal lawyers/criminal lawyers practicing x particular niche area (where applicable) and to express your interest in that area of law. In the course of that conversation (depending of course, on how it's going and if you think you would be a good fit for that firm) you can certainly ask whether the firm will be taking on any summer students in 2018 and some of the particulars about how you might be able to apply for such a position. If that firm isn't taking summer students, it can still be a valuable networking opportunity for you. That lawyer could be a friendly face at some networking event, or perhaps even someone you may be able to contact in a few years' time for an articling position, if you nurture that relationship. I also wouldn't be surprised if, as a result of that meeting, some of the lawyers you contact offer to take your resume for consideration of future opportunities at their firm, or else recommend you contact a colleague of theirs who accepts summer students in your area of interest. My experience has been that lawyers are generally pretty helpful; and they're often willing to let you know about someone else who may be able to help you out, if they can't do so personally. Best of luck, OP.
  2. I'm almost certain this has been posted somewhere else in the forums, but I'm still getting used to navigating the new layout. Perhaps one of our "resident librarians" (as I've heard them affectionately called) can help point you in the exact direction of those posts. Generally speaking, the employment prospects for our Charter class were pretty good. Here's the Maclean's article that was written about them: http://www.macleans.ca/education/lakehead-universitys-first-class-lawyers/ As has been extensively discussed, depending on where you want to work/who will be your employer, not everyone has gotten on board with the IPC program's merits, and there were/are several students who still ended up articling after graduation (in other cases, they chose to article because they weren't certain about the type of law they wanted to practice and they found an articling opportunity to try something they thought they might like). A great many others, though, took the bar exam right away and then took on associate positions in Thunder Bay, the surrounding area, or elsewhere in rural/small town Ontario.
  3. No conditions really means no conditions. Adcomms don't speak in secret code, don't worry.
  4. This is a really great point for you to consider, OP. If I were an employer looking for an articling student/young associate, I would want to know why you're looking for work in my small town/at my firm, when you come from studying in the UK; you may be seen as flighty, coming to a rural area to snag what others may call an "easy" (even though it's not) articling position with all intentions of peacing out when you find something better in the bigger city afterwards. Unless you have some sort of attachment to that town or can sell yourself well, you may have additional difficulties finding a position. Small towns like to hire among their own because it's usually (although not always) more likely that those applicants are in it for the long haul, and will eventually become an investment that provides them some sort of return for the firm.
  5. It doesn't really matter the year level: an upper year course is generally an upper year course. If you want a bio minor, go for it; if it won't hurt your GPA, it will have zero impact on your law school admissions. If it boosts your GPA, it might help. But the substance in having a bio minor (versus any other minor, or no minor at all) is generally irrelevant.
  6. It's beautiful, Morgan.
  7. You've been given solid advice above. The only thing I would add would be to have a couple beer (or whatever your drink of choice is) and enjoy the latest and greatest on Netflix. Hang tight, OP. Best of luck.
  8. Wooow... Way to go Lakehead #exceptional#unconventional Sorry to hear this Tree, but if I were you, I'd be doing the exact same thing. Best of luck at UOttawa.
  9. Thanks! Good luck all. After today I'm halfway there...
  10. To be honest, it sounds like you've already covered all of your bases: or at least all the ones I can think of. Take a deep breath, and hang tight until Monday. See what the adcomms say and take it from there. I'm really sorry this happened to you, but the worst thing you can do for yourself right now is beat yourself up about it so much. People make mistakes all the time: in my experience, it's the attitude with which you handle them that often makes the biggest difference in accomplishing something satisfactory.
  11. My personal opinion (with which some disagree, so feel free to take it with a grain of salt if you wish) is that sending three letters when schools only ask for two actually makes you look like you don't know how to read/follow instructions. Will this make or break your admissions chances? Probably not: in fact, I'd be really really surprised if this alone did. But it doesn't contribute positively to a good first impression, either.
  12. If you're in Ontario, you do it through OLSAS. I can't remember the exact steps, as it's been a little over a year since I did it, but I seem to recall the site being relatively user-friendly. Take a glance through the options once you log in.
  13. The LSS has created the incoming 1L Facebook group: see here
  14. The 2017/18 tuition fees have yet to be released. I don't know how much you know about university governance, but the decision to set tuition rates is made in the Senate (at Lakehead, this vote typically happens late in the academic year; usually during the Senate's meeting in April). My best guess is that Senate hasn't met yet, and so until those numbers are officially voted upon/approved, they won't be available for public viewing on their website. The good news is that you can see how much we paid this year to get a general idea. If memory serves, the cap to increase tuition fees from year to year (for domestic students) is like, 3% or so. And Senate usually raises tuition by the full amount of the cap every year. So you can get a rough idea of how much tuition will cost you, as a prospective 1L on the basis of this year's figures. Check out this document and on page 2, you will see the tuition rate for first year law students (almost 17k) and the amounts you pay if you choose to pay in installments. https://www.lakeheadu.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/51/2016FW%20Undergraduate%20Domestic_Thunder%20Bay%20Campus.pdf