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  1. Concerned Law Student

    Slightly back on topic, a funky transcript is potentially not that much of a bar to entry, you'll just have to network more. Attend a bunch of CLE events while they are free or almost free. Be social even if you're an introvert. Tons of my classmates got jobs through social contacts, not the OCIs or articling recruits.
  2. I whiffed on every moot tryout I was in at my school. I got litigation experience instead through a clinic that included credit courses. I do a lot of tax so the Bowman moot would have been super awesome, but it was not to be. I'm doing 97% litigation now. Guy I know who did the environmental moot is a family lawyer now. The law schools are doing a disservice to students in not having enough seats for moots and trial advocacy courses, to be honest. If somebody is already good at mooting then they don't need to take the course where they learn how to moot.
  3. Ask a 3L!

    Biz org really isn't that bad to be honest. There's virtually no job in the law field where you don't need to know the basics of corporate governance. Don't take "Art of the Deal" though, that course was a huge bummer. Its basically a BBA/MBA course but taught at the law school.
  4. You can probably get sample contracts online somewhere. Why don't you try the nearest law library (nearest law school, maybe a courthouse too, but law schools are more student friendly) and ask the librarian? There's been a lot of moves to electronic in law but a lot of resources are still paper only without monster sized subscription fees.
  5. Being able to do civil law and common law together would give you a leg up somewhere (Quebec firms? Fed/Quebec Government?) so you may have a leg up, to be honest. Even better if you speak French. Try the big Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa firms and then government. You're awesomely situated for getting into government since you're at U of O. Maybe hit up firms now. Only the government is so ossified that if a good candidate comes in the door they won't at least talk to you.
  6. These things aren't one size fits all. You may want to post such facts as: 1. Male or female? 2. Waist, height etc?
  7. What if you just participated in the recruitment process? You would know if you're in the extra-year JD program by the summer of that year. You could always tell the firms that you've got your civil law degree as of the spring of XXXX and you'll have a JD by the spring of XXXX+1.
  8. If you are non-practicing for long enough they might make you write the bar exam again.
  9. Solicitor Exam - Tax Woes

    My non-LSUC bar exam essentially had no tax at all. Maybe you could post what you are worried about? GST is not actually that complicated as long as you know what's taxable, what's zero rated and what's exempt. You might need to know about input tax credits too. The materials might also have s.85 rollovers, because those come up often with businesses (you put your property into your corporation tax-free, basically).
  10. I didn't get hired back either. It was also a litigation boutique so maybe similar to your experience. The wrinkle for me was that I had already accepted a job offer from the firm. The pay was low and the benefits were kind of crap but I liked the guy and it was the area of law I wanted to work in so this was much more of a shock. I wasn't told I wouldn't be kept on until my term was essentially completed - less than two weeks left. They bumped me off to work at another firm for the rest of my term and gave my desk to an incoming summer student. A lot of other little things followed that felt rather vindictive and inconsistent with my interactions with the guy until that time. In a bad job market it took me about half a year to find a position. After a few months I started picking up my own files out of boredom and that made me a bit more marketable, especially since a few of them turned into pretty decent money after I found the new position. I had the associate be my reference instead and everything worked out fairly well.
  11. Isn't Rez around $1000? It was $800 in 2010 - 2013 at the Family Residence with yearly increases, but its also an old building with cockroaches. Try the Rez on Spadina. The one with the big "TORONTO" sign. Its four people to a unit but you get a bedroom with a locked door. That giant ugly brown tower across the street from DLS is basically student housing as well but its old and probably not the world's best place to live. If you live near the station you could live quite far away and it wouldn't eat up that much more time than living a medium distance away. Just don't live so far away from the station that you need a connector bus, because the TTC busses are sub-par. Watch out for when the TTC shuts down if you live far away, because as a law student if you're like me you'll be burning the midnight oil quite frequently.
  12. Passive Income For Lawyers

    Passive income means that you take your extra cash and invest it, doesn't it? So fewer trips to Aruba and more investments through a law corp.
  13. Securities law

    Securities litigation isn't that bad, because it's really just normal litigation with extra technical bits.
  14. If you have an offer to work in finance, do it. You'll make more money in finance. 1. I did as well as I thought I would. As and Bs. Just like everybody, we're curved to a B. I was an A student in undergrad but I was warned that the law school had not had grade inflation the way undergrad has had. 2. Classes are 100% exams, as long as you know the material and have a good summary the day of the exam you will do fine. 1L is the hardest year. 3. Not really. 4. I didn't get a job through the OCIs so its fair to say that my expectations were not met.
  15. Removing Tort Law from First Year

    My Torts class was maybe 15% nuisance, 84.99% negligence and 0.01% strict liability, which is basically negligence now. Too bad, because the other big torts are not that hard to wrap your head around and it would have been fun to at least do one of those cases where somebody just goes completely bonkers in a defamation case, like putting up a giant billboard calling somebody a dumpling head. Also even many lawyers seem to think that mere disparagement is the same as defamation, when its more like the same thing as nuisance, your property rights in your reputation are being damaged.