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  1. Student Average Hours/Week

    Hey, fair enough. I can only work off what people tell me.
  2. Student Average Hours/Week

    I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but Big-Law on Bay and work life balance early career is pretty standard across the firms, from what I understand. And from talking to lawyers who work there, it's less that this area has less hours or more hours (with some exceptions, and obviously firm dependent) and more how those hours allocate themselves. Example, I've spoken to litigators who basically clock 50 hour weeks steadily, with a jump to 70+ in the lead up to trial. I've similarly spoken to bankruptcy/insolvency counsel who have had a year of billing 1500 hours followed by a 2200 hour year based on the economy turning. Certain areas are more cyclical than others, but usually the time balances out over the course of months and years.
  3. OCI Prospects for Potential Transfer

    I think you can probably do the leg work of researching the firm's current summer lists and figuring out who may prefer students from U of T and Oz.
  4. OCI Prospects for Potential Transfer

    Because each firm has a limited amount of interview spots at each school depending on how many teams they send to the school. Let's say the firm interviews 20 Western and 20 Osgood students. Your grades at Western make you competitive amongst your peers and get you a bunch of interviews. Those same grades are deemed less good compared to Osgoode students, you therefore get fewer interviews at Osgoode.
  5. OCI Prospects for Potential Transfer

    It's neither. It's because you have to compete against Osgoode students with the same grades as you, and some firms value a B+ received at Osgoode as better than a B+ received at Western. Fair? Maybe not. True? Yes. Network hard and do what you can to differentiate yourself, then hope.
  6. 2019/2020 Ottawa Articling Recruit

    LMR has made calls.
  7. I'll drop in and once again state that people should read the Queen's Arts and Science grades report from a few years back. Any guess on which major within the faculty had the lowest percentage of granted A level grades? Political Studies. I lived that program. I probably would have done better in math.
  8. Queen's 1L grades - propsects for OCIs?

    This is off. OP is going to make a run at multiple course awards and has a definite shot at a medal. If they network even a little bit and write solid cover letters/have some work experience these are the grades that give 10, 15, 20 interviews. I know someone who had very similar grades from Queen's last year, they had 22 OCIs.
  9. 1L grades - OCI prospects?

    And getting that first look is harder without high grades, which means you need to be picking up points at the margins (networking, etc.)
  10. 1L grades - OCI prospects?

    OP shouldn't even be thinking about in-firms right now, they sure as shit aren't determined by grades for OCI firms. I had better grades than you OP, 1 grade was a 74 in a non-black letter course. The rest were pretty well 78+ with a couple A range grades thrown in. I got one OCI I had a few circumstances that could have lead to me getting fewer interviews (though I've been assured they wouldn't have hurt). The process is competitive, no matter how you slice it, and most firms have cutoffs for grades that you can't know or worry about. Depending on the year, those cutoffs may be higher or lower. Here's what I can tell you, the one OCI I did get was with a firm I had networked with hard. I had spoken to their recruiter at length at a reception, and they certainly recognized my name when they picked up my application. Because of that conversation, I was able to throw in some things I liked based on my impression of their culture, which helped as well. Post-OCI I reached out to that recruiter, who has now become a solid mentor for me, and they stated that my grades were likely on the bubble for OCIs this year and that them knowing who I was made a difference. So, my advice would be to get out there, go to the firm tours this summer, shake hands, be polite and confident, get some cards, follow up and chat, and use the information and names you get within your cover letter. Edit meticulously, and let the chips fall where they may. Your goal is to get the first interview, from there it's up to you.
  11. Bad cGPA, good last 2

    If it makes you feel better, I had a worse cGPA and L2. I got in somewhere. I do better now than I ever did in undergrad.
  12. Simple tips to ace 1L

    Be smart, and don't be stupid. Or Beat 75-85% of your class. Seriously though, issue spotting is a baseline. Acknowledging complexity is the goal. I can guarantee my A in Civ Pro this year wasn't because I spotted the issues, everyone did. It's because I acknowledged the complexity that can be involved in the courts making decisions on certain issues (the appointment of a litigation guardian being the one I remember most from the exam). You don't need to opine on it, you can still be concise, but you gotta go above and beyond.
  13. No Luck in Second Attempt

    Seriously though, the course offerings are generally going to be similar. And 2 courses is better than no law degree.
  14. No Luck in Second Attempt

    Also, Queen's has like, 3 tax law offerings. I would know, I've taken/am taking them all.
  15. Securities law

    Something I've been wondering, do securities lawyers have to place their investments in some sort of blind trust? Or is it a "know and follow the no-trade list and you'll be fine" type of thing?