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  1. Yeah Windsor OCIs, I am a Western folk. We don't hear back until they complete other OCIs, I am assuming in Ottawa on the 8th. I am not expecting to hear back until mid-week next week.
  2. Thank you lol. I am waffling between hope and despair, you just pushed me back to the hope side lol.
  3. I heard back for Ottawa OCIs but nothing from the firms not participating in OCIs. Not sure how to feel about this...
  4. Being a law student in the courts does not yield particularly fruitful relationships (I am a 2L student traversing the courts right now, and most counsel pay no heed to the law students other to ensure that they don't go before them in 5 court). What matters more is the network from working within the clinics. I am a current supervisor at Western's Community Legal Services. We have a network of alumni who worked in the clinic who our director does not hesitate to contact for students during TO articling recruit.
  5. Current CLS supervisor here (can't speak to biz law). Not much has changed since 2010, except now the interviews are one-on-one with the supervisor you would be working with. As to what supervisors look for in a candidate (varies from supervisor to supervisor), its less about accolades and more just how about you would 'jive' with that supervisor (since you work directly under them for the entire year, they want to be able to work with you and not hate you). To stand out, I would suggest emphasizing an interest in access to justice, on any experience that shows you work well in a group environment, and that you are comfortable with a client facing experience. For example, part of the reason I got the position is that I used to work in the restaurant industry as a server, so my supervisor knew I would be comfortable dealing with difficult clients without being rude or upsetting him/her further. Most importantly, the clinic is looking for people who are going to show up and put in the effort. At the end of the day, these are real clients we are serving with real issues that affect their daily lives. Although it is a teaching clinic, people need to understand the clinic is not the same as a regular law school class. I would also like to highlight, that if you apply and don't get a position, don't get discouraged. There are plenty of other opportunities to get involved with the clinic either through upper year classes (litigation practice, cla, etc.), or other aspects of the clinic (Dispute Resolution Centre, Pro Bono Students Canada, etc.). If you have any other questions, feel free to shoot me a DM.
  6. Jane's given name was James... Janes net-worth wasn't the only thing to change over the past ten years.
  7. I wouldn't live with an undergrad, they are uhh... undergraddy. I would get a law school roommate so you can commiserate together when assignments are due. Or at least someone who is in post-grad.
  8. The content is generally easier; it is concerned more with LSUC rules, and pretty much just giving us the life advice of don't defraud your clients, etc. I can't yet speak to the difficulty of the exam, but they have given us three different options for evaluation ( a) 100% exam, b) three short papers and a 70% exam, c) one major research paper and a 70% exam). Most upper years advised us to take ethics in first year though as it is an easier class overall than corporate. And given that fewer people take it in first the class size is smaller so the curve is a bit easier to manage. Hope that helps!
  9. It varies. This year 150 students opted for corporate because they have a superstar prof teaching. So there is 20 of us who chose ethics. But in past years it has been a more even split.
  10. Courses are the full year, with the exception of picking up either ethics or corporate in February. LRWA runs until the end of January. The majority of the courses are 30% midterm in December and the remainder being the final exam and some semblance of participation factored over the entire year (usually only 5-10%).
  11. No news is good news. Hang in there, but expect the worst.
  12. I can speak a bit to the clinics at Western. There are rather varied opportunities available. There is Community Legal Services that takes on 24 first-year students (I am in this one specifically so if you any questions about legal aid, etc. feel free to contact me), the Business Law clinic that takes on 8 students, IP that takes on around 4 (may be off on that one). There are other opportunities that are revolving like the Pro-Bono project, where you more or less get picked to work on one project of varying length and difficulty. There are also other things like the Dispute Resolution Clinic, they take on a few first-year students, and the Family law project. There are a lot of students competing -- pretty much everyone goes out for a CLS position or a Biz law position. But there are tons of opportunities to get involved in some capacity with the clinics other than in an official first-year position. Hope this helps! Edit/add-in: The full-year courses seem onerous but are actually a god send. You get cut some slack with december exams being mid-terms weighted around 30%, so you can afford to mess up a bit and have the time to figure out what went wrong before final exams. Also, this means buying only one set of textbooks for the year (unless you take corporate in first year -- if you take ethics Goodmans pays for your book).
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