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    Socratic Method in First-Year Classes

    When I was there he did. The questions are like "Jane - what are the facts of this case?" and then "John - what did the judge decide?" and then "Janet - how did that decision apply to Tercon?" etc.
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    What type of Law is each school known for?

    I will echo the above advice - look into the schools courses/clinics. If you're interested in litigation then I would also suggest attending schools that have good moot programs - As a bias Ottawa U alum I will take a moment to boast of the incredible program offered at that school (you will eat, live and breath "moot" for 8 months, but what you learn is totally worth it). Globe and Mail did an article on it here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-university-of-ottawas-mooting-team-storms-the-international-stage/ It focuses on Prof. Daimsis who is mainly involved in the Jessup and Vis (which, if you're interested in international arbitration are the competitions to aim for). Note that although the article focuses on Prof. Daimsis the moot culture in general at Ottawa U is quite strong. There are many other teams focusing on a variety of practice areas all of which are supported by incredible coaches and faculty.
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    Improving Your Application for Articling

    and I understand that point, and I agree with @providence that it may not be stupid to make the inquiry (although that may depend on your definition of "stupid") - but it is not an interesting question and as such it will not help a candidate advance in the interview process (which was the point of the advice in this thread).
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    Improving Your Application for Articling

    Here's the thing - this thread was started to advise students about improving their applications/interview techniques. The consensus among professionals is that generally speaking, if a student is given a 17 minute OCI (or a 45 minute in firm interview) and they use that time to ask generic questions such as those directed to the firm's work-life-balance, that type of inquiry isn't going to put them above the rest of the competition. The interviewer isn't necessarily going to be thinking "hmmm, I really like candidate A, but they asked about work life balance so we have to nix them", but rather "I like X, Y, and Z candidates better than candidate A because they asked more interesting questions during the interview". The right response here, and the key message is - if you want to maximize the impact of your interview, don't ask about work life balance. There are far more interesting and more valuable questions you can ask that will make you more memorable (in a positive way) to the the interviewers.
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    Improving Your Application for Articling

    Totally agree - if you ask me whether my firm offers "good work life balance" - I'm going to say "absolutely" and my wife is going to give me one big eye-roll and say "you have no idea what it means to have a work life balance". I think a good balance means I get to have two Saturdays off a month and 4 weeks vacation a year (on which I'm actively checking my email, not because I have to but because I want to). I love my work - absolutely love it, and so for me "taking a break" isn't actually balancing - if I'm away from it for too long I get anxiety. I like working here early in the morning and later at night because I feel productive during those times. Yes, sometimes I do leave the office at 3pm on Wednesday to spend time with the family - and I like doing that too (and I'm happy that my firm could really care less when I leave so long as the work is getting done). But honestly, if I wasn't married and I didn't have a family I would definitely be here 24/7 and still profess that I have excellent work life balance. Oh yes, the good ol LSO and their "work life balance". I had to laugh when I was in the office completing the 6 hour mandatory "work life balance" module during articles on a Sunday...
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    Adcom/Admissions Updates

    Just chiming in here while I wait for something in the office. I noted on the waitlist thread someone who got in last week said that the date to accept was September 6, deposit was due August 30. If these deadlines are true for most recent offerees, then I would expect that there will probably be more movement on August 31 (when accepted wait list candidates did not respond to the offer, but also did not put down a deposit). Good luck!
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    Privilege is...

    Good - I'm glad we agree. I also agree with you that there are many reasons other than race why one may be discriminated against (that's why our Charter protects more than just race). I also agree that many people, no matter what race they are, have different types of struggle in their life. However, even though I'm white, and I have had my fair share of struggle - that still doesn't detract from the privilege I enjoy by virtue of being white. It's important for me (and other white folk) to acknowledge that if another person of a different race was put exactly in my shoes, they would have had it harder in life purely by virtue of their race. If I/society refuse to recognize that basic truth then it's impossible for me/us to take steps to help address the problem.
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    It's probably only for faculty and 1Ls - don't worry as a 2L there will be plenty of opportunity for you visit the SCC and meet the judges. It's a suit and tie event, yes.
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    I saw on twitter today that this year the orientation welcome reception is on the lawn of the SCC. The access of the UOttawa law faculty and student body has to the SCC still astounds me. This event is yet another example of opportunities that are really only offered at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Congrats again to all who got in this cycle and enjoy the reception!
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    Privilege is...

    I actually am a white dude. I don't think I had to work harder than my colleagues to achieve my position, but I do think that my PoC colleagues did have to work harder to achieve theirs.
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    Privilege is...

    Examples of the student population at several large Canadian law firms (these were firms off of the top of my head). Clearly not reflective of the demographics of this country. https://www.goodmansstudent.ca/2018-summer-students https://www.mccarthy.ca/en/people http://blg.com/students/en/students#k=#s=21 https://www.dwpv.com/en/Careers/Student-Program/Toronto/Meet-Our-Students https://www.torys.com/careers/students/toronto-student-program/meet-our-students
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    Privilege is...

    The fact that we would expect the majority to be white is reflective of the problem. Let's use the entertainment industry for example. In the 50s-60s we wouldn't expect to see minorities on television. In the 60s-70s we wouldn't expect to see two minority people in the same scene together. In the 80s-90s we wouldn't expect to see an all minority cast (that's why shows like the Cosbys or Fresh Prince of Bel Air were so ground breaking). In the 2000s-2010s we wouldn't expect to see an all minority movie cast (that's why there is such commentary right now on the subject of Crazy Rich Asians). The fact that we don't "expect it" is reflective of the inherent barriers that face non-whites in the entertainment industry. The same is true for the legal field. We don't expect that more than 50% of the lawyers at a law firm should be made up of non-whites because the problem is so pervasive in the field that we have come to accept the disparity between white and non-white lawyer hiring as "normal". I agree the solution is to increase minority hiring - to look at the student/articling/associate level - but even at those levels the amount of diverse hiring (especially in big law) is absolutely atrocious compared to white hiring.
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    Privilege is...

    1. It is well known that there is a systemic (conscious/unconscious) discrimination problem in the Canadian legal field. I know my own experience is also a reflection of that reality and it's evidenced by the fact that I have yet to interact with a law firm where the majority of the lawyers are not white. (in fact, the vast majority of lawyers I interact with either at my own firm, through opposing firms or at networking events are all white). 2. Ah, yes, I forgot we are now living in an era of fake news, but, it just so happens that I do respect and trust the media to report accurate stories. In this particular instance these articles are valid observations regarding the barriers that minorities face when attempting to achieve white collar positions and *gasp* being a lawyer is one such white collar position where these barriers exist. 3. One of the many reasons why we do not see more diversity in the legal profession is because of the barriers that face minorities that white people don't have to deal with. That is the definition of "white privilege" because they have an advantage coming out of the gate that they didn't do anything to achieve - they were just born white. 4. Because that white person doesn't have to deal with those barriers, they also don't have to "work" to overcome those barriers. Sadly, minorities do have to work to overcome those extra barriers, whether it's by achieving excellent grades, networking more often, or trying to figure out what white people like to talk about so they can get passed the OCI to the in firm. And if you are so convinced that minorities do not need to work harder than their white counterparts to achieve similar positioning in law firms, then prove it. Prove to me that those racial barriers do not exist and explain to me why there isn't one big law firm out there where the lawyers are mainly composed of non-white individuals. OP, I'm sorry the thread took this turn - I realize it wasn't the point of it (and normally I try very hard on these forums to remain on-point), but I really can't handle white guys with chips on their shoulders.
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    Privilege is...

    Here - let me Google that for you. and here and here oh, here again and here and here
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    Privilege is...

    Oh jeeze - the poor white man being subject to assumptions about his race. Dude - seriously check your privilege. I'm totally assuming you're a white guy here because I can't see these words coming out of anyone else's mouth (except perhaps a white woman's). The fact is people treat you more positively because you're white. They just do. You didn't do anything to make that happen, you didn't earn it - you were just born white. When you interviewed at law firms I'm willing to bet that a lot of people you interviewed with talked about "how you were just a good fit" and that "they really just felt comfortable around you" -- part of that is probably because they are white too and they are more comfortable around other white dudes. You didn't earn that - you were just born white. If you and a black/brown/asian woman were born at the same time, in the same hospital you came out with an advantage due solely to the colour of your skin. That - right there, is privilege. Sure, you probably totally had to work hard to get where you are, but anyone, LITERALLY ANYONE who is not white and male probably had to work harder than you to get to the same position. You didn't earn that - you were just born white. Just take a moment and accept that - because nothing infuriates me more than having privileged white guys walk around and basically complain about "reverse racism" because they've been stigmatized with the label of being "privileged".