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  1. Did they? I never heard about that - if so I stand corrected.
  2. It's not strictly correct but last year the Court said it was very likely, and over time would become even more likely, that either articling or a clerkship would be required.
  3. As I think others have noted, this is not appropriate. PLTC actually warns students repeatedly not to do work and asks students to tell them if their employers are putting pressure on them. *firing* a student for not doing work (and make no mistake, that's what happened here) is way out of line. I would recommend speaking to the law society. If you are comfortable with your PLTC instructor you might broach this with him/her, or you might take this to the head of PLTC (can't remember her name...). They will have experience with this and should go bat for you.
  4. I would tell them the exact truth. Your principal has been completely unreasonable and violated a number of Law Society rules.
  5. Most firms ask for them, but my recollection is that they are not important.
  6. No, for two reasons. 1) Grades are different. A "B+" at one school might put you in the middle of one class and the top 25 of another. 2) Ranking in a particular place in your class means different things, depending on how competitive the school was to get into in the first place. So come in the middle of your class at one school, and you will be more competitive than if you came in the same place at a different school.
  7. Do you and your spouse want to live in Ontario or in BC after graduation?
  8. So you have good grades at a good school. Apply away. Do a moot. Cross your fingers.
  9. Sure, but the counterargument is that the pool is much less competitive than it was during the 2L recruit. I would strongly encourage applying to every place you want to work. There are exceptionally selective firms that hired in the articling recruit, and the students they chose were not the most academically successful (although they were good students). You have good grades, though how good depends on what school you went to and the curve.
  10. You will get OCI's. However, to really have any sort of idea it is helpful to know what school you go to. Some schools place better than others.
  11. I would echo the above, and add: 1) The beds are quite small. I also don't really agree that the bedrooms are all that large, at least compared to an apartment. 2) the common space in your apartment is very limited. It's basically a table and a kitchen, shared between 4. 3) Yes, it's cheaper than most 1 bdrm places. But In terms of an apartment of that size, with 3 other roommates, the price grad house charges is borderline extortionate. That pays for lots of stuff - the general common space is nice, for instance - that you might not have time to use. 4) Generally speaking, you will not be using much of the social events. 1L + the law school social events are time-consuming, and the latter is much more interesting and important. 5) The Metro is the worst grocery store I have ever been to. It's got Whole Foods prices with third world cleanliness. I think grad house is a good option for first year law. And last I checked, you can move out on short notice. But eventually you will want to leave.
  12. A major factor is that the Vancouver offer came out first. Those students either a) struck out in Van, or b) were so competitive/confident/ set on Toronto that they skipped Van for Toronto.
  13. Sort of, but on the other hand it's absurd that the current system benefits those who prefer the West but have TO as a backup, but not the other way around. Why? Why should Toronto firms be banned from extending offers ahead of time to provide certainty to a candidate who might prefer to go there. Actually - I realize that this is probably sending the thread down another path from OP's question, so please don't respond to this here.
  14. Always tricky, but I would put it somewhere prominent in your cover letter, if, for instance, you grew up in Vancouver.
  15. Yes. U of T students are extremely competitive in the Vancouver recruit so long as they have a connection to Vancouver.
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