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  1. I demand to know... why anyone would do a JD MGA?

    Eh, there are plenty of firms in the US (including the one I am going to) that specialize in foreign anti-corruption law (think Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, etc.). That's probably the closest you can get to international criminal law in most cases though. My main point though, if you want firms doing international work, generally you will need to look outside of Canada. Certainly possible from U of T with great grades though.
  2. Should you wear a poppy?

    Honestly, I was very much against Canada's involvement in the Afghanistan conflict, and the flag waving the Harper government engaged in during that time. But I also think it's a little self-centred and tone-deaf to wear a white poppy. You have to remember the red poppy is not just about remembering soldiers who died in the service of their country, without much choice as to which war they were fighting, but also about giving money to, and helping, veterans, in the form of supporting the legion. This is a time to think to them and their needs, as opposed to thinking about how the individual best expresses their own personal opinion. You have every other month of the year to do that, maybe on this month, think to what the people who served you need, as opposed to what opinion you want to express. I get that you have a right to your opinion, and that veterans served to protect that right, but I also have the right to think you're a little self-centred for flaunting it at the moment. Having known a lot of vets, one thing I have realised is the sacrifice a lot of these people have had to make in these conflicts. I'd rather keep the focus on them.
  3. Should you wear a poppy?

    I think some interviewers would be legit offended if you wore a white poppy. A lot of people have vets in the family, or may even be vets themselves. Maybe this shouldn't be the case, but I could definitely see some folks not taking a shine to the candidate who wore a white poppy. At least at my old undergrad, I knew a number of people who would have been seriously offended by this (including myself to some extent).
  4. Importance of Part B

    It should be noted though, that not filling out the Part B of the application might impact your scholarship opportunities. Only anecdotal, but when I was applying, I received large scholarships from several other similarly ranked schools, but none from Osgoode. Osgoode was also the last Ontario school that accepted me. I feel like my stats were certainly competitive for a scholarship, and I received money at many schools, but not there. I personally chalk it up to not having filled in the Part B, so one should be wary of that, as not filling out the Part B may be taken as you being less interested than other applicants. Again, my story is only anecdotal though.
  5. Among the top ten in the world!!!11!

    It's pretty funny how U of T has such an inferiority complex that it always has to trump these rankings every chance it gets. You never see HYS blasting emails about rankings.
  6. How many OCIs is too many?

    Yup, HYS. The experience of OCI is similar in both countries though. I would add though that some people really didn't like doing more than 5 interviews per day, whereas I much preferred packing them in to build some momentum for myself. It's really a personality thing.
  7. How many OCIs is too many?

    I did 30+ over the course of 5 days, and it actually really helped me get into a good rhythm in terms of interviewing. Max I did in one day was about 10 though, although I personally feel I could have done more.
  8. I am always a booster of Canadians attending HYS if possible, the opportunities available from those schools are vastly better than anything you would ever see from a Canadian school. If you have any interest in international law for instance (including international arbitration and public international law) HYS is the place to be. If you want to be making more than double the salary of your Canadian colleagues, HYS is the place to be. If you want exit options internationally to the UK, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere, HYS is the place to be. There are of course, some cases where staying in Canada is better. The unhappiest Canadians I have met at HYS are those who wanted to pursue fields like legal aid and family law. There is no real reason to go to HYS if you really want to be doing on the ground, community work in Canada. If that's your goal, build networks in Canada. If you want a bit more of a high flying career though, or a lot more money, HYS is for you. All I would say is don't close off your options simply because you are scared to leave home. If you have dreams, follow them. PS I am currently a Canadian student at HYS (just went through the OCI program here and am really happy with my outcome) pm for further conversation on attending one of these schools and the kinks surrounding it.
  9. 1L Summer Job

    This is probably because there is less public interest/government work available in Canada, as well as smaller law firm capacity, and less diversity programs at those firms. Most 1L jobs in America come about through firm diversity initiatives for minorities, state/fed gov positions, and school paid internships at public interest organisations. There isn't much public interest stuff in Canada because of the different way the system is set up (more government enforcement, more law society involvement through legal aid clinics), there is no major push for greater diversity on Bay Street, at least, no major programs to push for it (a shame IMO), and I am not sure why the Canadian governments are more reticent to hire 1Ls compared to American governments, someone else might have to chime in there.
  10. 10 reasons not to go to my school.

    I get the impression this is generally a problem in law school. It's tough if you're not from the same social background as the average law student. I don't know if they have any first gen university student groups in Canadian law schools.
  11. If you consider my replies rude to you I'm not sure what you would consider your initial reply to the previous thread to be, considering you called me "livingintrumplandia". But hey, since you're in a mood to talk civil, I'll bite. Tbh, I agree with the vast majority of this. Of course law is less prestigious than PE, if I had an ounce of quantitative skills and had gone to a prestigious undergrad which feeds into those positions, I would have gone there. I did not have those advantages, and so accept that that path to greater wealth was not open to me. I make no attempt to hold myself out as some kind of genius or superior lawyer, that is rather a perception that others attempt to superimpose on to Harvard students. Rather, I hold myself out to be a person of average/above average intelligence, who worked his ass off and managed to get a good outcome. The LSAT did not come easily to me intellectually, I got a good enough score on it because, frankly, in my personal experience, I outworked my classmates who were also studying for the LSAT, most of whom did not give a shit enough to put the time in to do well. I don't hold myself out as anything special, however, just a hard worker. I certainly respect the folks from lesser schools who got stellar grades and earned their place in biglaw or wherever, my only question to them is why they didn't put that same effort into the LSAT, so that they didn't have to work so hard in law school? Just seems silly to me. Put the effort in up front on the LSAT over the course of a few months, rather than over the course of years in law school, where grades are much less predictable. At least with the LSAT you'll know there is a reasonable work to reward ratio. But those who choose to work less early on for whatever reason tend to have to work later, that's a general rule of thumb in the world. But certainly, I hold myself out to be nothing special and broadly agree with your statements here.
  12. Should I even try again?

    It depends on what he thinks is the easier route though, improving GPA or improving LSAT. Oftentimes pumping out a couple more points on the LSAT can be an easier feat than pushing up a GPA, which takes time and sometimes more effort. It varies from person to person though. ETA: Sorry OP, just read it was your third try. At this point I'd say you should allow yourself to move on, and aim to improve your GPA instead.
  13. Which school has the best international law program?

    From what I've seen in the US, Mcgill tends to have a very strong reputation for international law, and is very recognised in those circles. If not, then U of T.
  14. NYU or UBC?

    Since I'm becoming known here, for better or worse, as a shill for American schools, I figured I should at least put the argument to you regarding NYU over UBC. NYU has the potential to open up all kinds of new doors for you, both in New York and possibly internationally. Sure, you may think you want to be in Vancouver right now, but is that simply because Vancouver is all you know? Have you been to other metropolises in the world, London, NYC, and really thought about if you might prefer living there? What kind of career do you want? Do you aspire to a career of international significance, or merely a local one? If you want a chance to work for some of the top legal organizations in the world, NYU is a fantastic choice with one of the strongest international law programs in the world. Do some research into what the school offers and the kinds of options available. That being said, I will concur with the general consensus here in that, if you 100% on never working anywhere else but Vancouver, UBC is your best bet. But if you want to work anywhere else, even just for a few years before going back to Vancouver, NYU is probably a better bet.
  15. Am I the only complete failure here?

    I agree with omph here, using pejorative terms such as "wallowing" (which I unfortunately did and now regret) is not appropriate for someone who is struggling. A person in difficulty does not need to be cut down further with subtle attacks. This is one of the major problems we have dealing with mental health these days, people are outwardly empathetic, but subtly nonetheless attack the victim.
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