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  1. OP, I agree with ghalm and deadpool. Odd whow some are trying to start a debate about affirmative action. Affirmative action is not a policy in Canada. To anyone in this thread thinking things like "oh, I never see anything racist", or "oh, I never see anyone being othered" -- you should consider the possibility that you might not experience or notice these things, despite them happening. That kind of attitude is reminscient of the men -- in every industry -- that question and doubt the plague of sexual assaults and sexual harassment against women in their industry, because "if it happened they would have heard about it."
  2. Thanks, looks interesting. And there is some more free EDI CPD here: https://lso.ca/about-lso/initiatives/edi/cpd-equality,-diversity-and-inclusion-requirement
  3. What are folks' thoughts on knit ties? Material, width, colours and patterns, square end vs point? Right now I'm thinking of getting some silk/wool, > 2 inches, something in the realm of navy/brown/burgundy/black and primarily solid, square end.
  4. Is your position that no break is too short, or are you referring to the trend these days of cropped pants/ankle pants? I wouldn't disagree that if I were counselling a law student, to go for somewhere in the range of 1/4 to 1/2 break, because that shouldn't offend anyone. A full break can look sloppy. But who am I kidding, this kind of thing is unnoticed in any event by most.
  5. Yes. For example, say I'm the hiring partner of a litigation boutique. And you're applying for a job at the boutique, and let's say you're going to be in a leadership role at a legal aid clinic at the school where you'll have to be on your feet, have carriage of your own files, assess evidence, and so on. That's valuable information to me: it shows you have a significant enough interest in litigation to take on this role, and it will develop your skills in the area. Or let's say you're applying to family law positions and you're going to be in Osgoode's family law project (I think that's what it's called). Same basic rationale applies - you're clearly interested, you're going to learn valuable skills and subject matter... For that matter, if you can, try to connect things you've done in the past to the new role you're taking on. It can make for an interesting/compelling story to tell in the cover letter. For example - maybe you took family law in 2nd year and really liked it and want to practice in it and are doing a family law clinic in 3rd year. Not that I would write the cover letter just like that, but you see what I mean.
  6. I have to go with the crowd here. If the posting says "Two letters of reference" and an applicant sends three or four, I don't know if I would bin their application, but to me it would probably be a negative.
  7. I agree. Just change the tie. Shirt you could change, or not. I might've worn a white shirt every day of recruiting, or maybe some light blues, I can't remember at all. And I'm sure the recruiters wouldn't have noticed, because I just wore solid white/light blue shirts. Do stick to a solid charcoal or navy suit. Some texture is fine, but nothing like a windowpane or something.
  8. Are you in a solicitor or litigation practice or both? If you can provide further context the advice can probably be more tailored. That being said, be careful about being too identifying as well.
  9. I wish I'd taken Statutory Interpretation. I've heard good things about the test case course(s). Trial Advocacy is fun and the final was a sort of mini-trial, as opposed to a paper or written exam. But if you're set on corporate, odds are you won't be in a position to assign it the priority you'd need to to get into the course.
  10. How are Caribbean med schools w/r/t residency placement? I didn't get the impression it was like going to Cooley or something, but that is only based off of what I have randomly encountered online, no actual research lol.
  11. I didn't run closely with Big Law circles in law school, but I can say I know of a decent handful of people I graduated with who lateraled from being an associate on Bay to NYC. I do not know if they were approached or got in through some other means. I believe they were all in Bay Street corporate practices.
  12. I generally wouldn't recommend it during 1L unless you absolutely needed to. That isn't to say you might not do just great in 1L while working, but I would err on the conservative side for 1L in particular.
  13. Do you have your old PT answers? Doing them again might be deceiving because your brain will have some memory of the questions. If you have your old PT answers, I think you might be better served by looking carefully at what you got wrong and why.
  14. I think you have a chance at any school with holistic admissions, which is a lot of them. To me -- I'm not on a school admission committee, but I'm just saying -- I would be really impressed by a student who worked 25 hours a week during an undergrad major in engineering science with a concentration in physics with a 177 LSAT. Were you funding your own undergrad? Are you a first-generation university student? I would not hesitate from talking about factors like those as well.
  15. If you can get the best idea of what it's like to be a lawyer, I would try doing so. Informational interviews, attending court, etc. Waterloo's alumni/career services might be able to help, U of T as well, or just cold-emailing.
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