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  1. Logic would dictate that they wont make it in time for the June 2021 call, unless the articles are abridged.
  2. We can only hope that their coding bootcamp students have more sensitivity training than the those who sent out the email.
  3. They are fairly competitive. I did the review of applications a couple of years ago, so my information may be slightly outdated but here it is. The number of students for 1L is based on upper years who receive priority. Not all clinics are open to first year students. Only Queen's Legal Aid. Some students have reached out to clinic directors for the other clinics and got in simply by asking for it, but there is no formal recruit and certainly no guarantee. Undergraduate grades are not even looked at. Work experience might help but unlikely. I tossed application when people spoke about working for a legal NGO because I didn't want people who think they knew it all. And I accepted people who worked at fast-food places because it shows that they are willing to put in the work. What we looked at, first and foremost, is the applicant's spelling and grammar. One mistake and you're out. After that we looked for people who expressed interest in helping people (even though most applicants did the clinic just to pad their resume). Those two "filters" weed out at least half the applicants. When I did it, all the committee members were handed a stack and told to decide whether to toss an application or it deserves consideration. Finally, after a couple of rounds of doing that, we came up with a list and a waitlist for those who turn it down.
  4. I think it's ok to start applying but firms might not know right now what their need will be in July. So you might get an interview but no offer until about a month or even in May.
  5. Why is legal recruitment so popular? Every time I go on Linkedin, it seems like there are almost as many recruiters as lawyers.
  6. No. That would be virtually impossible. Only the rarest of Queen's grads have ever worked in Toronto. Jk. Queen's places exceptionally well in Toronto. Several classmates got hired in various Crown offices in the GTA.
  7. That's a strange thing to say, considering those were pretty much my stats and I attended Queen's Law.
  8. Pretty sure I heard a self-rep say at the Divisional Court that Housen is not applicable to the standard of review. He had an accent but I'm 99% sure thats what he said.
  9. UofT advantage: Get a job Ryerson advantage: Coding bootcamp
  10. Someone has to foot the bill for "Emotional and Cultural Quotient Bootcamp" and "Social Innovation and the Law". If you asked me, I would say there is something corrupt happening with the Law Society that as soon as they acknowledge a lack of jobs for new grads, they approve another law school, with some of the worst and useless courses a school can offer (like when I took "acting for non-Majors" at York). Their proponents thrown around buzz words like "social justice", "access to justice", "new economy" and other gibberish. Oh, the things universities will do for a few extra dollars.
  11. Here is one for Queen's 1. Professors. While I previously criticized Queen's for some of their professors, others are simply incredible. While I won't post names, I had a professor in 1L, who I never took a class with again, but would always reach out to me and to others and ensure that we are doing okay both in law school and with our professional goals. 2. Campus location. It is all close to the downtown core, so unless you want to live far from campus, you can live reasonably close to campus. 3. Clinics. Queen's has several clinics where you can get some incredible experiences. 4. Collegiality. Weekly smokers (which has kinda been going down) and other events that allow law students to unwind together. 5. Decent array of courses in various areas, many of which are taught by adjuncts, who are experts in their field. Though the school is reducing them (IMO is a huge mistake). 6. Career centre. From my experience, they really try to help students get jobs and do well professionally. Some students didn't like it, but I think the vast majority would agree that they were good. 7. They have doing better every year in terms of jobs, including 1Ls getting some very highly sought after positions. 8. Quite a few guest speakers, which usually translates to lots of free food. 9. Reasonably close to Toronto. Without traffic, you can be there in just over two hours. 10. If you need to push off writing an exam, it's really easy. I heard that if you tell the admin that you are "stressed out", they will let you write it a few weeks later. (This might also be a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. See Bruce Pardy's articles and the various rebuttal articles written on this issue)
  12. This is prevalent at Queen's and most probably at every law school in the country (though perhaps less extreme at some places). But isn't anything new. Academia has long has been dominated by left-wing professors and their ideologies. There isn't much anyone can really do about it, unless you're a big donor who will be willing to tell them that they're going too far, like Paul Bronfman did to York University.
  13. I had only one professor in 1L who banned laptops.
  14. That's strange. I took HarvardReady and that was the only part that I learned quickly. If Yoni is your instructor, I would suggest asking to give you ten minutes after class to go over games. Games (unless it changed) follows very few rules and once you get those down, you should be fine.
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