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  1. OP, this is going to be highly dependent on where you are articling. If you are at a major firm, you'll be given some vacation time and I would recommend simply asking a mentor or a junior associate with whom you have a good rapport what the unspoken expectations are regarding articling student vacation time. I articled at a very busy Bay Street firm and we were given 10 days. We were told up front to use them and I confirmed with some juniors that I felt I could confide in that this was not just for show - we were expected to use them. Ultimately, I was too busy to use more than 5 of the 10 days, but there would have been no issue with taking all 10 had circumstances allowed.
  2. Would hundo high five / fist bump anyone I saw rocking those dragon shoes.
  3. Professionals absolutely still use business cards. Students don't. If a student came to a reception or event at my firm and started handing out business cards, I don't think it would go over well and definitely would not be taken in the spirit with which it was intended. Don't do it. Full disclosure: I'm an articling student who was called to the bar in June and will be returning to my Bay St. firm as an Associate in September. Feel free to take my advice with the requisite grain of salt. I'm just conveying the impression that I think this would leave with my colleagues.
  4. I've grown rather finicky with respect to having my suits tailored to fit just right. Experienced and fashion-forward barristers, what degree of tailoring is recommended for waistcoats and court trousers? For example, is "no break" kosher for court trousers or is it considered improper? Should waistcoats be fitted in a similar manner as a well-tailored suit jacket or does experience recommend a particular fit (e.g. "get it a little larger for the sake of comfort on those long days in court")? I'm being fitted for the Call to the Bar in June and will be returning as an associate in a litigation firm. I'm trying to balance not looking slovenly in ill-fitting attire with also not breaking any unwritten rules of decorum. On a related note, I've seen barristers leave the bottom button of their waistcoat undone as one would when wearing a three-piece suit, but have also heard this is improper. Thoughts? Apologies if this has been canvassed elsewhere. I did a very cursory search and nothing came up immediately.
  5. Good luck to all Osgoode hopefuls currently riding out the waitlist! I've been there and understand how grueling of an experience it can be.
  6. Very infrequently, but it happens. I would classify most of my experiences as "soft socratic". You're not likely to be cold-called on, but if you volunteer a comment / questions, you'd do well to expect some pushback / follow-up.
  7. As an articling student living under the constant fear of making a fatal error, this thread makes me so happy.
  8. How do people feel about rocking suits in slightly less common fabrics such as tweed? Acceptable?
  9. It's going to fluctuate throughout the semester. Early on in the semester you can get away with doing less. Closer to exams becomes crunch time. But you also want to avoid being so far behind late in the semester that you can't possibly catch up. To mitigate these kinds of wild swings, I tried be consistent and treat law school like a full-time job: 9-5 Mon-Fri and then ramped up to 10/12 hour days during exams. It worked out well for me.
  10. I got accepted off of the waitlist in August three years ago. It moves, but things definitely slow down as the summer progresses. Typically, the waitlist sees a lot of action when the firm acceptance deadline passes as schools need to fill the spots left open by those applicants who chose to attend elsewhere (I can no longer remember the precise deadline). After that I think spots really only open up when people drop out unexpectedly. Life happens and people do sometimes have to give up their spots at the last minute, but it's a long, hard wait through the summer months. Best of luck to you.
  11. My understanding is that Osgoode's waitlist is not ranked as the admissions committee re-evaluates all waitlisted applications whenever a spot becomes available.
  12. I had an A average (7.51) and never heard anything, so I'm assuming the cutoff was a bit higher and I just missed it.
  13. I took Trial Ad in 3L and probably shouldn't have. Trial Ad really is a very good course and Oz gets a lot of fantastic practitioners to come out and give generously of their time and wisdom to teach the course and by the time I got to it, I was fully into 3LOL mode. You can get away with that in Trial Ad because it's Pass/Fail, but I think that if I had taken it in 2L I would have appreciated the opportunity more and gotten more out of it. If you think you might have any interest in litigation, then take this course. It's the only course at Osgoode that teaches you how a damn trial works and how to behave yourself in a courtroom. The only thing that I will warn about is this: the final assessment is a mock trial before an actual judge (at least we did ours before an actual judge, I think some do them in front of lawyers) down at the courthouse at 361 University and it takes up an entire Saturday, on top of all the prep time. It's a cool experience, but it requires a lot of preparation for what is ultimately a pass/fail course that is eating up a lot of time while you're also in the middle of studying for your other substantive, graded courses (trusts, yay).
  14. I definitely found that the best way to make friends with upper-years was through extra-curricular activities such as mooting/law journal/clinics. I didn't participate in any O-Week activities and didn't find it to be a problem at all. You'll have plenty of opportunities to get summaries for your classes whether it be through the database or directly from specific upper year students, but I wouldn't suggest putting too much weight on them. What works for one student -- even an A+ student -- may not work for you and the reality is: most people are average B students. That's just what the curve does. First year does feel kinda "high-school-y" because you have every single class, every single day with same people in your section and it just gets to be a bit much. I found 2L and 3L to have far less of that vibe because you have so many other things going on and you can sort of curate your own experience a bit more. That being said, my close circle of law school friends throughout my time at Osgoode remained people from my 1L section, so it's not all bad.
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