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  1. Hi everyone, Ontario qualified lawyer here with National law firm experience. For family reasons, I may need to relocate to Boston. Does any Canadian lawyer have experience finding work in Boston (perhaps NY or Cali) after graduating from law school? How hard is this likely to be? I know that an employer would have to sponsor me before obtaining a Visa. Would employers be willing to do this considering how many lawyers there are in the US market? I realize I would need to sit the Mass Bar. Thank you very much in advance!
  2. Hi everyone, I would really any insights. I am registered to write the Ontario Bar June 2018. I indicated on my bar application that I will expect to receive my degree by June Convocation (having in mind that I would complete my courses in April 2018). However, I realized that I am missing 3 credits for my degree, which I would have to take May 01-29 2017. While I would technically have all my credits completed before the June 05 2018 sitting, my convocation would get pushed to October 2018. Would taking the extra 3-credit class in May 2018 prevent me from sitting the June 2018 bar? (assuming I pass the class) I very much appreciate the help.
  3. Hi everyone, Is it possible to write the Ontario bar exam before graduating from law school? I.e. could I write the November 2017 or March 2018 bar exams before graduating in April 2018 (from a Canadian law school?) Thank you in advance!
  4. Thank you for the reply -- I appreciate it!
  5. Hi everyone, For the MAG (Ontario) Articling Student recruitment, should referees send recommendation letters by email to each office or should candidates upload PDFs of the recommendations on ViLawportal? Thank you!
  6. In short, no. McGill law students are considered "U0s" after their first full year of law school. This means that you won't be eligible for 1L recruitment after your first year. After your second full year of studies, you will be considered a 1L, allowing you to apply for 1L recruitment in various jurisdictions. Getting a national firm job in the 1L recruitment process is definitely the exception, rather than the norm. The major recruitment phase (2L) will begin in late summer of your second-year summer and you will be applying for a position during your third-year summer. Best of luck!
  7. Yes, to a certain extent. I find the people who score lowest on the LSAT are often those who are too concerned with getting a question wrong rather than "moving on." Worse yet, those who dwell too much on getting a question wrong that it affects their subsequent sections. The ability to move on and stay positive is extremely important on the LSAT and with a 180 target, you could run into trouble.
  8. You can upload a "current" CV and transcript at any time. Not sure how it will affect your processing time. Nevertheless, I would recommend uploading a more current CV or transcript if you believe that it will increase your competitiveness.
  9. I heard there is some leniency when it comes to reference letter. Call admissions to tell them about the situation and keep hounding your prof. Start thinking of alternatives in case. GL
  10. Try contacting the Atmospheric and Oceanic Science department directly, asking specific questions.
  11. No. No. -- Although, you could address that point in your PS. Make it work to your advantage -- e.g. I took the year off to see the world and reconnect with old friends, experiences that make a more balanced and well rounded candidate today. Best of luck!
  12. Hmmm very interesting. Thanks the comments!
  13. I'm curious why some OCI applicants with similar grades (B+) from identical schools (particularly Western) have ended up with a dramatically different number of OCIs? Any insights?
  14. Keep in mind that you are not eligible for Dean's Honour List if you take under 27 credits per year.
  15. It is very likely, if not certain, that admissions will seriously consider your scores. Admissions has relatively little information to assess applicants: transcript, personal statement, references (which are likely positive for most people), and lsat score. I strongly doubt that they would overlook a significant piece of information because it is dated. By not rewriting, it suggests that either (1) you can't do better or (2) are not committed enough to the idea of studying law that you want to rewrite. Moreover, since it is a valid score and if you were accepted, it would lower McGill's average accepted LSAT score. When there are 9x the number of applications as first year spots, you don't want a major part of your profile working against you. While you obviously don't want to hear this, I strongly recommend you re-write the LSAT in the hope of opening doors to Ontario law schools.
  16. You will never be expected to write anything in your second language. That being said, both your oral and reading comprehension skills must be strong. Some plenaries will be given exclusively in french, while announcements and guest lectures could use english and french 50/50. Moreover, the readings for Civil Law Property (first-year mandatory course) will be mostly french. You may also encounter some french readings in first-year Contracts and Torts. If you apply and are considered for admission, you will also be given a french interview (assuming that you have not taken any intermediate-adavanced french courses in university). GL.
  17. Couldn't get 180, huh? I'd say your chances are very good at osgoode and good at UofT, as long you write a convincing PS.
  18. As you know, you'd be foolish not to apply to New York solely on the basis of Law Review. While it's likely a very positive soft, there's nothing you can do now. So build-up your ECs elsewhere! Edit: For the record, Law Review's quite competitive at McGill -- writing competition + interview for limited number of spots
  19. Speaking from my own experience, my status on Minerva changed first, followed by an email a couple hours later. To be honest, I'm not quite sure how the timeline works for Cegep applicants. Hang in there and hope for the best!
  20. Yes -- they'l notify you either by email, or your status will change on Minerva. Best of luck!
  21. Yes. You'll very likely hear back soon given last year's timeline. You could be placed on waitlist though, in which case you could here back up until the start of classes in September.
  22. When choosing volunteer/internship opportunities, have your future personal statement in mind. McGill really values its transsystemic program and incorporating French and English in its studies. Do something that will (1) develop your language skills, (2) suggest that you are committed (or at least interested) in the province of Quebec and Montreal in particular, and (3) something that helps you answer the question: "why law"? -- this will be the core your statement, so make sure to have a convincing argument. GL
  23. Yes. Both social life and sports are encouraged. This will obviously depend on the extent (e.g. varsity sports vs. intramurals)
  24. A law school course load is very similar to undergrad. Classes range from 1.5h-3h at McGill. 1.5h classes are twice a week. 3h classes are once a week. You will have 6 classes in 1L and they are spread out evenly over Monday-Friday.
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