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  1. Choices but strongly considering UofT

    U of T is $37,000 sticker. I still agree with you, though. Once you include opportunity costs in the overall price of a JD, the difference between U of T and Osgoode is minor. And, if you absolutely need to keep your debt low, it’s not sticker price you should be concerned with.
  2. UofT Vs McGill Vs UBC

    This is accurate. I honestly think the McGill reputation thing boils down to a (i) terrible American prejudice against state universities and (ii) a widespread misconception that McGill is an American-style private college. (I am deeply embarrassed to reference the Simpsons in the year of our lord 2017, but I caught a glimpse of an episode last week and it seems apropos.) Which isn't to say McGill isn't, in fact, a great school! I'm at U of T and I'd have gone to McGill I spoke more than a word of French. It sounds perfect for the OP. Given you want to work in federal public service I'm a little confused as to why we're debating US reputation right now.
  3. Boss Placed Me On Probation

    This is really something. I don't know if you should stay. Do you think there is any merit to her criticisms? If not, I would jet. If you do--and if you want to address those criticisms--I would consider her 'program' in light of her underlying accusation: low confidence. I think this implies that your options are far greater than the three you have outlined: Do what you think is manageable and, more importantly, what you're comfortable with. Or do none of the program, and try to address the confidence issue another way. I don't know anything about you, so take this with a load of salt, but my immediate recommendation would be to join a gym and take up a sport. I give this advice only from personal experience. I used to have pretty crippling confidence issues. (As in, I couldn't look people in their eyes, etc.) I'm still awkward and uncomfortable in many social settings, but it's a lot better than what it was.
  4. Opinions on my massive debt...

    I really don't think this is as neat and tidy as you think it is. It's true that $150,000 in debt is (much more than) $150,000 in forgone savings in the future. But that is emphatically not the same thing as putting $150,000 away in a savings account today, waiting 30 years and collecting a million bucks. For many people, education is desirable not just because it is a well-performing investment (although it is); education is desirable because it's one of the few ways you can make an investment in your future well being, through access to large amounts of relatively cheap credit. The whole 'just save the debt instead' entirely misses the point. I don't see how it's any more helpful than saying "$150,000 is a lot of money" which is just... well... yes, obviously it is.
  5. There are lots of people here way better placed to give you advice. That said, this seems eminently reasonable to me. If they liked you enough to keep you in the mix until 2 PM Wednesday, and you liked the firm enough, and they have offered to chat with you after the recruit... I would just go into the call and say that you're still looking for a summer placement, that you intend on applying to Firm X's office in Y, and that you'd appreciate any recommendation they would be willing to give you there (or elsewhere) when the time comes. I'd be shocked if nothing came of that. (Which isn't to say that you'll get a job, only a positive response.) And I can't imagine anyone holding such a request against you. Put another way, I don't see what the point of this phone call would be other than to do the above. I think giving you a formal letter of recommendation (i.e. on firm letterhead) is a bigger ask. I'd play that one by ear, cautiously.
  6. Take this with a grain of salt, but I’ve heard of firms constructing ‘scenarios’ to evaluate students’ interaction with members of staff; e.g. ‘getting lost’ on the way to an office, ‘forgetting’ who you were interviewing with, etc.
  7. Yeah, Canadians have a particularly good deal in NY. The rationale for the salary isn't just the cost of living; a large part of it is the cost of repaying upwards of USD 200,000 in debt, often at ridiculous federal student loan interest rates (about 7%, today). That said, every lawyer I've met who's done both New York and Toronto remarks on the insane lifestyle of New York BigLaw. There are umpteen reasons to prefer Toronto to New York (and vice versa). It's wrong to think one is better than the other. But it's also wrong to think that they are interchangeable experiences.
  8. Prefacing this by echoing the recommendation that you seek legal advice.... That said, I think there are at least two separate and fairly straightforward routes: NAFTA: there is a provision in NAFTA that allows US and Canadian lawyers to work in Canada and the US, respectively, without a visa (Google 'TN status NAFTA'). Interestingly, US law firms are likely more familiar with hiring people through this mechanism than Canadian employers. Federal Skilled Worker: More likely, you'd attend law school on a student visa, then upon graduation you'd apply for a three-year Post-Graduation Work Permit. Once you receive a job offer, you'd apply to the a Federal Skilled Worker through Express Entry. After several years, you would be eligible for permanent residency (unlike the US visa programs, there's no lottery). You'd hang out for a few years and apply for citizenship. Many foreign nationals (including from the US) attend U of T, with the intention of practicing in Canada after graduating. Consider giving the admissions office a call. They may well have some helpful advice. Hope this was useful.
  9. 2018 2L Recruitment

    The problem with this kind of behaviour is the rational response of students: to double book Tuesday. 'Don't worry about cancelling! You're doing your eighth-choice firm a favour!' The system is premised on people only booking interviews that are potentially fruitful.
  10. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Happened to me, too. I think it’s terrible form... especially since they explicitly claimed that the offer of a second round of interviews was the result of positive feedback from the first, not merely a matter of course. Life goes on. Not exactly heartbroken, given what this kind of conduct says about a firm.
  11. At this point in the process, your CV matters little -- and marginal additions matter even less. You are now demonstrating 'fit' (and actual competence, when it comes to the government!). Being a finalist for a moot won't really alter their analysis, in these respects. And worse, forcing a new CV on the employer may signal undesirable traits that cut to what they are assessing: credentialism, lack of self confidence, whatever. I would just do your best to discuss it in the interview.
  12. 2018 2L Recruitment

    Blakes ITC (U of T)
  13. What are some good questions to ask during OCIs?

    I struggle with this too. You may find this PDF from YLS helpful, or at least thought provoking.
  14. Lawyers with accents

    I'm just suggesting that, in context, this isn't that weird. Lots of places have come to perceive British English is the correct, proper, educated way of speaking. Now, that is messed up. The reification of RP English is freighted with all kinds of bad classist assumptions, as you've pointed out. But if you see someone from an Asian background speaking with a British accent and then think to yourself 'What a fraud' you are adopting the least charitable explanation possible. It's possible they were just taught to speak English that way. It's also possible that, as it appears the OP's case, they've (to some extent) internalized the stereotypes associated with the British accent: it's sexy, and sophisticated, and whatever. And I don't think we should hold that against people, even if the stereotype is itself objectively bad. Again, this isn't to say the OP should force a British accent. I'm just trying to explain where I think he's coming from. I don't think he deserves the vitriol he is receiving. At the same time, OP, I hope this conversation has illustrated why forcing a British accent may not do you any favours...
  15. Lawyers with accents

    This is an aside, but: I think these comments regarding 'legitimate, native' British accents are slightly off base. There are lots of places, in Asia and elsewhere, where the English taught in schools (especially elite schools) is Received Pronunciation or 'BBC English.' This is isn't to say that the OP should continue to fake an accent. (I think he shouldn't.) But be careful of your own prejudices, here. There are lots of people with British accents who've never set foot in the UK.