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  1. Worst: tired all the time. Best: finding that one perfect prof, excelling and seeing your work result in something worthwhile (currently helping on a charter application), finding your people, knowing that all the work will be worth it in the end.
  2. Hi! I am currently one of the head supervisors in the clinic and incoming 3L. Grades do not matter, as 1L hiring takes place in September. Showing interest in access to justice for the main clinic is paramount; the Business and Sport clinic may be different. Make sure your resume and cover letter are solid (and interesting). TBH Students do the initial hiring for the 1L associate caseworkers as it is more a mentorship program for the 1Ls. Working for the clinic is more about fit and interest in genuinely making a difference in the community, as you will be working with marginalized portions of the London community. Let me know if you have any more questions, I would be happy to chat with you about the clinic or about Western Law generally.
  3. I have a rather silly question. I am currently applying for the 2020 articling recruit. I have two stellar reference letters that I received for the OCI process earlier this year. They both are dated in January. Would this be a red flag for those reviewing applications? Should I just contact both references and have them update the letter for me (trying to avoid this because I don't like bothering people)?
  4. 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.
  5. Thank you lol. I am waffling between hope and despair, you just pushed me back to the hope side lol.
  6. I heard back for Ottawa OCIs but nothing from the firms not participating in OCIs. Not sure how to feel about this...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
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