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  1. I would avoid getting a reference from a TA altogether if you can get one from a prof. I would say that even if you did well in a class and could get a glowing reference from a TA, versus did average in another and can get a letter from the professor, go with the latter I say that because I only saw it once and, personally, I assumed they couldn’t get a reference from a prof, so even though it was a great letter, I basically treated it as neutral. I don’t know how my colleagues would have reacted, but certainly the faculty member I was paired with on the file agreed.
  2. You probably weren't calculating your GPA properly, or you weren't using the OLSAS scale. The OLSAS scale punishes inconsistency. If you have a lot of grades between B+ and A- or between B- and C+, you lose a lot more grade points than if you had a lot of grades between a B+ and a B, or a C+ and a C. It's just the nature of the scale. Your numbers will be way off your university-calculated average, or the average on your transcript.
  3. The B3/L2 calculations are based off of credits and not literal years. If you have a lot of courses with inconsistent credit values, the algorithm will be slightly off. Because every school will have their own way of calculating these scores, I would not rely on B3/L2 to be anything more than a reasonable estimate. The only calculation you can more or less rely on is cGPA, as that is calculated in accordance with the OLSAS standard. To be honest, this would only be helpful in the case of estimating L2/B3. For cGPA it's entirely irrelevant, as CR grades are excluded from your GPA calculation entirely. For L2/B3, it would only matter because it would affect which "years" are taken into consideration by the algorithm.
  4. At my firm, we usually do something like, "I will be your principal contact at the firm. Occasionally, I will be assisted by other lawyers and clerks at the firm. Our fees are based primarily on hourly rates multiplied by time incurred. Our hourly rates currently range from $A to $B for law clerks, $X to $Y for junior lawyers, and up to $Z for senior lawyers. My current hourly rate is $H." If you want to list specific people who may assist on the file, you could include a table with their name, area of expertise/practice group, and rate, but I have only seen this on complex files or for RFPs. Assuming the client has asked for an estimate, you will want to include the partner's time in the estimate, obviously.
  5. ... and you want to be my latex salesman ...
  6. They do generally, but the law schools that I am aware of, at least in Ontario, have very little difference between domestic and international tuition fees. At Osgoode it was less than $1k difference in my year.
  7. Some of them, probably. I would call the schools and ask, because eligibility for scholarships is usually determined by the funding source. For undergrad programs, most international students don't qualify since schools get their funding from the government and the government doesn't fund international students. But law schools are atypical since they can fund a lot of their own financial assistance through the (large amount of) tuition fees everyone pays, domestic or international. So, in summary, call them. I would venture to say that for most schools it doesn't matter, particularly coming from the US. I know for Osgoode, where I was on the adcom, we didn't differentiate since the grades are directly translatable (i.e., they do not require WES assessments). It's possible for non-US foreign students, it would be different, but for you I would say it will likely not matter.
  8. I think it means "in your humble service, we remain your most faithful and obedient servants" or something to that extent. That's where "yours truly" comes from too: "truly, I remain, your most faithful and obedient servant", and it just got shortened over the years. See valediction.
  9. I also want to point out that the farther out dad's golfing buddies get from law school, articling, and being a junior associate, the less likely they'll be able to provide useful advice about law school and the start of one's legal career. So, in that way, this forum also serves those who would also have access to information about legal practice from other sources. Some of us stick around for a long time, but there is an underlying revolving door of law students and articling students who are living those experiences now, and that's not necessarily insight you would get from your dad's golfing buddies who articled at Heenan Blaikie.
  10. They have some new stuff on YouTube, if by "new" you expand your definition to "2018". I loved H*R. So sad they faded away.
  11. Yes. Your complete application is read, in its entirety, by the same people. Other schools, I don't know. For Osgoode, all I can say is I never really cared, and I can't imagine anyone else really spent too much time looking at it. It never came up in my conversations while I was on the committee. And anyway, most degree programs don't let you take a ton of first year courses in upper years. Some programs, like mine, outright banned first year courses in my fourth year. So I wouldn't worry too much about it and just take the courses that interest you.
  12. Why not? I would hope the average law student/lawyer has a faster typing speed than that. I can't see how you can get anything done otherwise. Mine is usually around 100, sometimes more. I would wager that most university students these days have pretty fast typing speeds. Yes, which is why I rarely answer them unless they're unique. As others have said, this is a hobby. What do you do with your spare time? Probably something equally benign. But as long as it brings personal satisfaction to you, I don't see the harm. This forum serves applicants and aspiring law students too, who usually don't have those avenues. And sometimes those things, while good, don't give practical advice about the things you want to hear. Also, the pseudoanonymity of this board helps encourage giving useful, plain advice, which is not always beneficial or advisable in real life. I'd say it's much more useful than a subreddit. A forum is not a vote board. That alone is a huge difference and better suited for the kinds of discussions we have here.
  13. I'm not entirely sure it's relevant either. I assume the OP has completed articles and has some experience in the files she's looking to handle. At least enough to be a first year call working on them while having the work looked over by a senior lawyer. That was the information on which I based my comments, and likely what Mal's comments were based on, too. I'm not sure it's entirely relevant what happened to OP in the past -- not at this stage, anyway. Also, I don't think it's entirely fair to call what happened a "firing", as I don't think OP did anything wrong.
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