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  1. I would include it, but if I were looking for a reference or referee for my applications, I would probably see if there was another lawyer there or a senior staff member who could provide it.
  2. ghoulzrulez

    Sample Solicitor Exam

    I'm assuming you're looking for those practice tests that companies usually sell along with indices. There's a few sites that sell them, like Emond Prep. Otherwise, subject to copyright law and the works, you might canvass some people you know who have written in the last year or two and see if you can snag one.
  3. You can essentially complete any university degree (usually a 4-year degree is taken) to qualify for law school in Canada. So, you really should be looking at what high school courses you need to get into your undergrad. Take an undergraduate degree you are interested in and that you think you'll do well in. Also, on a somewhat more cynical note, consider pursuing an undergraduate degree that you will be happy with and that will still have value without a JD.
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    Law Jobs without 70 hour work weeks?

    Not sure where you're looking to practice or what type of work you want to do, but there certainly are jobs where you can work fairly regular hours and rarely have to take on work on weekends. Totally anecdotal examples: Duty Counsel generally aren't working long after the courts close Working at a legal clinic - you will have some long days, but you don't have clients calling you at all hours and, barring exceptional circumstances, you won't be working weekends or holiday I am currently articling at a firm outside Toronto where the majority of lawyers work approximately 9:00 am - 6:30 pm, with some fluctuations when there are approaching deadlines, closings, etc. Of course, there can be drawbacks to this type of work - you probably aren't going to make it rich, your job can be highly dependant on funding, etc.
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    Dollar value of an articling student?

    All these responses illustrate why attempting to calculate your specific dollar value as an articling student, especially before getting offered a specific job or knowing a lot more about the specific articling position, is virtually impossible. A lot of firms don't advertise salary beforehand, you don't know how many hours you'll be working, targets for billables, whether the majority of your work will be things the firm can / cannot bill for, etc. You certainly don't know what types of overhead or additional costs the firm would be taking on by hiring you. You should be presenting your value in terms of: your work ethic - if they need you for long or irregular hours, you're ready for it your attention to detail, ownership of your work - they'll be reviewing your work, but you won't be sending rough drafts that need to be torn apart your relevant experience - if a firm practices in a certain area and you've taken multiple courses in that area and worked at a legal clinic that focused on that area, you can make the argument that you have a good grounding in the law, an idea of common / emerging issues in the area, and therefore, are going to be able to hit the ground running (with supervision of course)
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    What would YOU do?

    I was in the same boat when I was applying - Osgoode was my top pick and I knew I wanted to go there. But I applied to a few other schools as well... not schools that I had no interest in, but schools that seemed to still offer most of what I was looking for (if only not in Toronto). I thought this was really helpful. Gtting in to other schools helped ease my mind - if I didn't get into Osgoode, I still had good options. I had to engage in some self-reflection about what I was looking to get out of law school and give some thought to what other schools had to offer. When I went to open houses and got more information, I was genuinely impressed by some schools that hadn't really crossed my mind before.
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    What would YOU do?

    I got into Osgoode with a 163 - admittedly, I had a higher CGPA than OP and very good reference letters (including an Osgoode professor who had been my professor for some seminars in my undergrad) … this was also a few years ago. OP should be seeking to improve their application as much as possible before applying, but if you do manage to improve your application and still fall just-short of Osgoode's standard admissions, I wouldn't self-select out and not apply to Osgoode at all - that's the only way to guarantee you don't get in.
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    What would YOU do?

    I'm assuming, from your post, that Windsor isn't even in your top 5? I wouldn't attend a school that I have no interest in, just for the sake of going to law school. On the otherhand, if you were to get offers to your number 2 choice, it may be worth reconsidering. FYI for 2018 at Osgoode, average CGPA was 3.69 and LSAT was 83rd percentile.
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    How to approach a firm

    You want to go toe-to-toe on bird law?
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    How to approach a firm

    I remember my law school held a seminar on how to approach cold calls effectively. Look up the firm's associates, see if there's one with a similar background to you (went to the same law school, did the same intensive, volunteered at the same clinic, etc), - LinkedIn is good for this. Contact this person and see if they'll chat with you, introducing yourself based on your shared background ("My name is Bob and I'm a JD/MBA student at UofT who recently finished a semester at Local Law Clinic"). If you get the chance to speak with this person, don't go asking for a job right away, but ask them about their practice and what types of experiences led them to their practice (aka how to make yourself marketable). Then you can ask whether their firm is hiring. If not, let them know that you're interested if their needs change in the future. Follow-up with this person. Even if they aren't hiring right now, they may be in the future, at which point you can apply and they'll already have an idea of who you are and you'll have demonstrated real interest in the firm.
  11. ghoulzrulez

    Dear Clinic Students...

    Speaking from my personal experiences as a student at a few different clinics, I think there's a great deal of inconsistency in the training that's provided. At one of the clinics I was at (which dealt largely with a specialized area of administrative law) the students received a week of training on the governing legislation, expectations on files, the programs used in the clinic, and the way that our work would be reviewed and supervised. Alternatively, at another clinic, we received no training whatsoever, and it was more of a "figure it out as you go" situation. Of course, a student is responsible for ensuring that they are well-prepared and that they are taking ownership of their work in either situation, but I can certainly imagine how things would go wrong in the second situation.
  12. I am currently an articling student at a relatively small firm, where I get assigned tasks by all the lawyers. Generally, when I am assigned tasks that require materials to be send out of office, I tend to err on the side of caution: unless I'm given specific instructions, I will send the materials to the assigning lawyer for an okay. To be clear, I don't send routine emails or simple things of that sort. For the most part, the lawyers seem to be okay with this system and I try not to unnecessarily pester them. One of the lawyers, however, has come to me and told me something along the lines of "I don't have time to review everything you send me. I'll review important stuff, but you've got to use judgment with the rest." Has anyone had any similar experiences or have any advice? I'm trying to walk the line between not pestering the lawyers and not doing anything that would prejudice a client or get me/the firm in trouble with the Law Society.
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    What was it like getting in? How did you celebrate?

    I was travelling in Europe for just over a month. At that point, I had gotten accepted at a few schools, and had even accepted one (I paid the deposit and everything). Then, during the fourth week of my travels, I got a call from my mother where it was casually mentioned that I had gotten a letter from Osgoode a week or two prior. I asked what the letter was and she told me that she hadn't opened it, because it was addressed to me. It was an acceptance letter which, by that date, I had less than a week to reply to. So there I was, in Germany, making multiple phone calls to Osgoode to explain that I wanted to accept the offer, but that they would have to wait for their money. Thankfully, they understood and let me make my deposit payments late. After getting that all sorted, I was just ecstatic and celebrated at one of Munich's finest beer halls.
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    Help - Application Mistake

    I feel like OLSAS gave you the answer? But like other commenters, I'd say don't worry about it too much.
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    Thoughts about working at Davies?

    If you're asking about hours, you probably shouldn't be heading to Bay if you want to have a 40-hour work week . Turning to 'work-life balance' though, you should be considering what you're trying to 'balance' and what 'balance' means to you. I know plenty of folks on Bay who are generally content with working the crazy hours, because they are being paid a pretty-penny to do so. They have no issue having late nights or weekends in the office, they don't mind moving around their schedule on a whim, they can still find some time to do things they enjoy, and they have the disposable income to do so. On the other hand, if you're someone who is only happy with a degree of routine and predictability, or you're or a single parent who really needs to be there when your kids go to sleep at night, you probably are going to find it difficult to have 'balance' at firms on Bay (at least in your early years).