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  1. Just because you haven't found an articling position at this point, doesn't mean you aren't going to. I secured my articling position after March, as did many of the people I know. You can choose to defer much closer to the actual exams if you still are thinking about it (when I deferred, you needed to give the LSO at least 10 business days notice - check and see if this guideline has changed). As far as writing later on, your principal is only obligated to give you up to 7 days off to study and write. Even if they give you more, you get a maximum of 10 days off during articling (assuming you don't want to add days at the end). This means that for the most part, you'll have to be studying on weekends and evenings while articling, which isn't much fun.
  2. I imagine you'd be looking into a Supervision Agreement until the next call to the bar? Though I don't know how keen a firm would be about this.
  3. I think it also depends on the firm and the nature of the articling position. I interviewed for one position which wasn't unpaid, but offered little as far as compensation (about $20,000 annualized). Even though I didn't end up articling there, I didn't find the low pay offensive or bothersome. The interviewer explained that they simply couldn't afford to pay more, as the firm does a lot of social justice work (mostly consent and capacity matters), where the vast majority of the work they do is pro bono or Legal Aid certificates. They also didn't expect their articling students to work crazy hours, hit billable targets, etc. - they really did consider it more of a learning experience. I kind of thought to myself, "They're not going to generate income as a result of me being there. I get to do interesting work. They're willing to pay me something, which means they see me as having value." On the other hand, I once responded to an articling ad where the principal indicted in a phone call that the position wasn't paid, but there was the potential for hire back. When I spoke to their current articling student, she indicated that she was expected to work from 8:30am - 6:30 pm, she had a billable hour target, and that most of the firm's clients were businesses (i.e. cash clients). This just seemed exploitative. The kicker was that this was an employment law firm.
  4. Did this firm actually post an articling position (i.e. was actively seeking an articling student), or was this a situation where you reached out on your own?
  5. I've never heard of a one week trial for articling and am very curious as to how such a thing would work out logistically. You have to file your Articles of Clerkship within 10 days of starting articling, and your principal has to file a Training Plan within 10 days ... which I suppose would work with a one week trial, but it seems like you'd be cutting it awfully close. Also, I imagine the principal still has to directly supervise you during that week … but is doing so without formally agreeing to be your principal? If I were you, I'd certainly want to know whether the firm has used this structure before, and possibly contact the Law Society to make sure you're in the clear.
  6. Not particularly reassuring when an account labelled "AssignmentHelp", with a profile picture stating "Essay Writing Help" is asking how to write a paper without plagiarizing.
  7. Does this mean you want to end earlier as well? I'm currently articling and when I started, the firm told me they were very flexible with the start-date, but needed me to article at least until a certain date (meaning my articling period actually extends beyond the required 10 months). For them, it's a matter of transitioning more seamlessly between articling students. This may be very firm specific though.
  8. During my solicitor exam, I was seated under a vent that was cranking out a ridiculous amount of dry, hot air, which caused me to get a light nose bleed during the final hour of writing. So yeah, prepare to power through whatever distractions might get tossed your way.
  9. I wrote both my exams in Toronto, but at different times and at different Toronto locations: the Barrister in June at the Ex and the Solicitor in November near the airport. The November exam was noticeably less busy …. but did it have any impact on my actual experience? Not really. We got out of the room a bit quicker at lunch and at the end of the exam, but again, I don't think having an extra 10 minutes at lunch made any difference to me. I think you're more likely to be impacted by where you're actually seated in the room (i.e. are you under a cold or noisy vent, are you close to the washrooms if you need a quick break, do you have a noisy writer beside you, etc.)
  10. Thanks for the response. I'm planning on getting wool, but didn't want to spend a small fortune. Unfortunately, the firm I'm with won't be paying for the robes.
  11. Hoping to get an update on this topic … I will be getting called in June and wanted to look into the potential cost of purchasing robes, so I can budget accordingly. Is there anyone who has purchased robes in the last year or two, who is able to confirm whether the robing companies still provide a Call to the Bar package/discount? I checked out some of their websites, but wasn't having much luck.
  12. Certainly, for 1L courses, 100% finals (or final plus midterm) are the norm - apart from the few courses that include a seminar element. I went to Osgoode and in any of my upper year lecture-based courses that were 100% exams, each student was given the option of completing a paper / some other project (usually for up to 40% of the overall grade, but this varied between courses). I remember someone mentioning to me that Osgoode has mandated this, but I never confirmed this.
  13. During the strike I was referring to, the particular unit that was on strike (CUPE 3903) represented contract faculty, and teaching/research/graduate assistants. This did impact 1L classes, as one of the mandatory courses is taught largely by graduate assistants. Osgoode's library was operating as regular, as were the admin office. I believe the majority of food outlets, at least those close to the Osgoode part of campus, were still open - as I recall, the one or two that closed did so because of reduced traffic/business on campus (a number of students were participating in classes remotely), not because they were directly involved in the strike … but don't quote me on that.
  14. Can't speak for the other poster, but I also attended Osgoode during a strike (during second semester of 3L). Law school classes, with the exception of one or two, ran as normal. However, there were a fair amount of students who didn't necessarily feel comfortable crossing a picket line. Effectively, each student had to make a decision of whether they wanted to continue classes as normal or opt-into an alternative structure where their coursework would resume when the strike ended. At the very least, this meant some added stress of deciding what option to take, as well as some uncertainty. As a 3L at the time, many of my classmates were worried that the strike would impact articling or when they'd write the bar exams. I was taking a lot of labour and employment courses at the time, and as I'm sure you can imagine, many of my professors weren't exactly keen on crossing picket lines themselves. I did have two courses in which we were given the option of continuing to participate through an online platform. I don't regret going to Osgoode and would happily enrol again - the whole strike was a bit of a headache, but didn't ruin my semester or anything like that. Still, it may be something worth considering.
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