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Everything posted by harveyspecter993

  1. Why would firms invest so much time and effort into training students "know" will be gone in as little as a year? At all the open houses I've been to so far the partners have emphasized that their firms hire for the long term.
  2. Ottawa's the better school. As a rule of thumb, go to the best school you got into. The debt will take care of itself. Small class sizes are also overrated. If you need to speak to the prof email them or go their office hours.
  3. Thanks, that's what I suspected. I suppose only regional firms like Lawson are "safe" then.
  4. That's accurate for the larger courses but for a smaller classes getting an A+ will likely mean you topped the class. My perspective prof told me that there would only be one A+ in our class..
  5. If you mean take courses that help on the bar exam then yeah I've been told that. I'm planning to leave that for 3L though.
  6. That's fair. We all have different criteria when it comes to choosing our extracurriculars. I was looking for what would give me a lot to talk about in an interview so I wasn't really concerned about the clinic's length. I was actually more concerned about how many credits a clinic is because those 15 credit ones really limit how much choice you have when it comes to course selection. Some will say that upper year courses are largely pointless but there are nonetheless a lot of really interesting sounding courses that I would really like to take before graduating.
  7. Is it unwise to apply to different offices of of the same firm for OCIs? Eg applying to both BJ's Calgary and Toronto offices? My concern is that since the application periods overlap, the recruiter in each city would know about the separate application and question my commitment to their city.
  8. From what I recall the full year ones include investor protection, business and CLASP. There are a couple more full year clinics and a decent number of half year ones. That said, the length of the clinic should not be a factor in deciding which clinic to apply to or accept an offer from.
  9. A lot of profs I've spoken to say estates and tax are good for the bar.
  10. Anyone take corporate finance, admiralty law or that law of war seminar?
  11. - A number of students have posts at clinics in the city so don't give up hope if you don't get a clinic post on campus. - The moots are even harder to get than clinics because there's so few people per team. I also suspect they're grade - based but my evidence is only circumstantial.
  12. The bar for making an impression an a partner is that high? I hope it gets better when you're an associate.
  13. I meant having someone with power at the firm not someone to advocate powerfully.
  14. Would it not be advantageous if you managed to impress the partner over coffee? I admit that it would be pretty hard for a law student to impress a partner but at the very least if you clicked with them over conversation then would that give you a powerful advocate on the inside?
  15. So which of lexpert and chambers is more reliable? For example, Lexpert has Stikeman in its highest category for real estate but chambers only puts stikes in band 2 for that category.
  16. Would it be impolitic to email a partner at a large firm firm and ask for a phone call to discuss their practice? I've gotten into contact with a number of associates this way but obviously partners are on another level entirely.
  17. On Lexpert for instance, how big is the gulf between a most frequently recommended firm, a consistently recommended firm and a repeatedly recommended firm? Are the differences between the categories significant enough that if you were interested in M&A for instance you would be doing yourself a significant disservice by going with a consistently recommended M&A practice over a most frequently recommended one just because you happened to like the people at the former more? Likewise with Chambers, would a band 1 real estate practice at one firm be vastly superior to that of a band 3 or 4 real estate practice at another firm or are the differences between bands minuscule?
  18. I didn't put this in the initial post but I'd had 2 cups of coffee before the LSAT which made me go to the bathroom so many times that the proctor's started to give me suspicious looks. There was no way I wasn't cancelling that score.
  19. I cancelled my first ever LSAT because I knew it hadn't gone well. None of my top schools averaged LSAT scores but I still didn't want a sub - 160 on any permanent record with my name attached.
  20. Agreed. One of my best grades came in a class where I did less than half the readings and skipped multiple classes. I might be dean's fellow for that class lol.
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