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  1. This is an automated response to a topic that appears to be requesting legal advice. Please refer to the following post regarding such requests:
  2. I imagine that comment was tongue-in-cheek but it’s worth noting that Osgoode has several JD/Master’s joint degree programs as well. So really depending on how flexible your definition of “Toronto” is, the school in question could include “not U of T”. Also just to make sure we have our colloquial law school vocab straight: “dual degree” usually means JD/JD as in US/Canada (or rarely, JD/BCL, but people are usually explicit about that); “joint program” or “joint degree” means JD/Master’s, like the JD/MBA. Hence everyone assuming OP was in the Windsor dual.
  3. Yeah I think it bears reiterating that finding a 1L summer job is very difficult even if you have many grades above the curve. There are only a handful of positions and they’re mostly taken by those with many As. Get good grades and do what you can to prepare for OCIs. And as others have said above, you’re at a disadvantage by being in the dual program (I assume you mean Windsor’s but the same likely goes for others), so you’ll need to work harder to overcome the negatives. Being at the curve won’t be doing you any favours generally, let alone out of a dual program.
  4. Can we please not turn this thread into an argument about how hard we think certain schools are compared to others? This has been rehashed over and over again and I’d rather not see it happen here.
  5. I find fault with this logic. Many people don’t get into law school. And certainly most people who apply don’t get in. So I’d say you should pick a major that would lead to a career that you wouldn’t mind having if law doesn’t work out. Other than that, where you go to school doesn’t matter. Just get good grades.
  6. That’s fair. And I admit that I got sucked into business law (not that it wasn’t inevitable; that’s why I went to law school in the first place) and so it seemed like everything just catered to my interests. But I do remember seeing quite a lot of opportunities outside of business, and when you look at the clinics, there are a lot of non-business ones. To OP: The OCI recruit numbers are pointless to go by. They don’t take into account anyone who decides not to participate in the recruit, of which there are many at Osgoode. All it shows is the number of people who got a position over how big the class size is. That is literally pointless. I can tell you that my firm, which is an OCI firm and recruits from all the major schools, didn’t give a crap about which law school someone went to. Admittedly, there are a lot of Osgoode and U of T grads at my firm, but our summer students and articling students have been from a wide range of schools. I would hazard a guess that the other firms are similar. Osgoode has plenty of advantages. I’m not sure if having a substantial edge in the formal recruit is one of them, but as I said it’s impossible to know. I would say that it being in Toronto makes it a better choice merely because it puts you into contact with a huge network and the clinics and experiential opportunities are substantial. That alone is reason to pick it over other schools. But don’t try and look at the recruit numbers and try to figure out if one school is better than another because those numbers are useless.
  7. l When you say “focused on business law” what do you mean? I felt that Osgoode placed a huge emphasis on the formal recruit and offered a myriad of business law courses and clinics. That said, there’s quite the eclectic course selection at Oz, so if you’re not interested in business you’ll certainly find something. But to say that there wasn’t a “focus” on business I think would be wrong.
  8. Even a quick perusal of the forums would answer this question. Generally, it does not matter which Ontario law school you go to*. It’s obviously advantageous to go to one that is near to where you want to work. If you want Bay, for example, Osgoode and U of T will be more convenient for the networking aspect. That said, other schools do just fine in the recruit. So take Western if you want to save money. Take Osgoode if you want to live in Toronto. But don’t assume just reputation of the school will get you the job you want because it’s very likely it will not matter. * Windsor Dual and Lakehead are admittedly wildcards and your mileage may vary.
  9. Withdraw if you can, but even a 3.39 with a 173 is nothing to scoff at. You may not be a for-sure at the cGPA schools like Osgoode but if you explain your situation I think your prior marks and LSAT will reasonably make the case for you. You'll get in somewhere I think. Good luck!
  10. No, it does not make a difference. An undergraduate degree from any Canadian university is treated the same.
  11. No I wouldn’t say that at all. Offers are regularly going out still. Perhaps if you’ve not heard anything by May you can start getting worried.
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