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  1. Windsor is a good place for criminal law. There are also a lot of Windsor Grads I've encountered in Toronto practicing criminal law and working for the Crown. In terms of practicality of courses and clinics - there's only one clinic and it's not exclusive to criminal law, you may get some criminal files if you're lucky. Also there's a judge externship opportunity for upper years in criminal law. For courses, there's a good selection of criminal courses and most of the profs are knowledgeable and have good practical experience. Are there more specific questions you have?
  2. The only specialty program I can think of off the top of my head is a social justice fellowship. I know of some colleagues who went to developing countries in 1L/2L summer and assisted local agencies. I'm not sure of the qualifications or more information about the fellowship, but I'm sure if you do some research you can find more information fairly easily!
  3. If you want to practice in Toronto at a big law firm, both schools will get you there. There are other variables that are far more important to being hired (i.e. grades, resume, ability to interview well, etc.). You should focus more on what programs the schools offer that you're interested in, what city you would rather live in the next three years, clinics and other courses you're more invested in, financial costs of the schools, etc. Also, this was already mentioned, but you don't have to be in the 10% of the class rankings to get interviews at big law firms at Windsor. Obviously, the better grades you help you get your foot in the door, but at the end of the day there are lots of other factors that matter just as much, if not more, than your grades.
  4. I think another big factor is practicing an area of law you're actually interested in. Some people are allured to do biglaw because of the prestige, pay, etc. but seldom think about what type of work it actually entails. For me, if I were to do 40 hours of corporate/commercial law vs. 50-60 hours of criminal law, I would be much happier doing criminal law despite working more hours. I would burn out very quickly doing an area of law I dislike rather than doing work im genuinely interested in.
  5. I would say it's not necessary, but it's up to you if you want to own more than one suit. Typically in 1L you'll have a couple of events here and there that will require you to wear a suit (law formal, recruiting events, etc.) but it's not that common. I would advise to buy at least another suit for OCI events, but IMO you definitely don't need more than 2 suits for law school.
  6. Certain JPs are known to bench warrant everything and anything they can. I once saw a hold down message by counsel that he would be there at 3:00pm (it was 2:45pm and the list was finished), so instead of waiting an extra 15 mins for counsel to show up, the JP issued a bench warrant (refused to issue a discretionary bench warrant) and went home.
  7. I'm in the same boat as the OP and I wanted to piggy-back this thread for Ontario. I'm not sure what the case is for other provinces, but for Ontario I hear it's difficult to secure even a remote Crown location due to the preference for candidates in the hiring pool. Can anyone speak to the prospects of the Crown hiring outside their internal hiring pool? Are the internal candidates looking to specifically work in coveted locations or is it a feeding frenzy (so to speak) for any Crown position, regardless of location? Thanks!
  8. Plinko

    Legal Aid OCI

    The questions are focused mostly around personal experiences and knowledge of LAO's clients and social justice issues.
  9. Does anyone have experience or know of anyone who articled in one area of law (let's say criminal law for example) to working in a completely different area (civil litigation, personal injury, corporate, etc.)? I tried taking a variety of courses in law school and enjoyed many different areas of law, however I ended up articling in criminal defence and now I'm looking to pursue a career in a different area. My question is how feasible is this? It seems many employers expect junior associates to have at least some experience in their area of practice and articling in criminal law is wholly different from.... well every other type of law, at least substantively. Thanks for any insight. I really appreciate it
  10. When you say you started applying to places in March, was there job posting you applied to? Did you reach out to an associate and ask for a coffee and mention you're looking for a job, or did you email your cover letter and resume and ask them to consider you if they are planning to hire? My concern about looking so early for jobs is that most places won't know if they plan on hiring someone in X number of months. Did you find this was an obstacle? Thanks for the info
  11. I wouldn't bring an updated list of courses, however I did bring an updated resume for one employer when I started working at a clinic related to the employer's work. Long story short, I secured a summer, and now an articling position, so I would say sometimes it works out But yes, I agree with Uriel that generally you shouldn't bring an updated resume, just mention it in the interview if you feel it's important/related to the question.
  12. One piece of advice I would give is to know the RPC inside and out! I found that when I was behind a minute or two per 10 questions (every 10 questions I looked at my time sheet), I made up for it when there was an ethics question. If you know the RPC materials well enough to at least make an educated guess for every ethics question, this will give you more time to spend either doing substantive questions or going back and re-checking your answers at the end. Oh, and the $150 I spent on the Ontariolawexam practice exams was probably one of the best investments I ever made (do them specifically to practice using your index and timing)
  13. Maybe you should stop caring so much about researching which schools you might get into to and more time studying for the LSAT if you're concerned that your score is hindering your chances to get into law school. It really bothers me when people waste their time obsessing over which schools they think they'll get into based on their stats compared to previous cycles of admissions. You're putting unnecessary stress on yourself by "researching" what schools are "easier" to get into and it's neither productive nor helpful.
  14. I think re-reading and understanding generally at least where the answers could be located is critical (read below) From what I gathered, it seems that you used an index mostly to find the answers? Correct me if I'm wrong. I began using my index and found it a lot slower to find answers because I would have to flip through a million pages only to realize the key word wasn't there. Once I switched to mostly relying on the detailed table of contents, I could locate the answer much faster. This was in part due to the fact I meticulously read each section (only once though) and went back and understood and spent at least 1-2 days reading over each topic and subtopic in the detailed table of contents. It became evident after reading a question where I could find the answer in the detailed table of contents. which drastically improved my time management. Also keep in mind that Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and John F. Kennedy all failed the bar the first time they wrote, so don't fret... you'll get it in November!
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