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    Any French Interviews yet?

    Things might be moving a bit slower this year because of the new member of the admissions team settling in... https://www.mcgill.ca/law/channels/news/andra-syvanen-bclllb14-join-faculty-assistant-dean-admissions-and-recruitment-291534
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    2L Summer (2019) Recruit PFOs/ITCs

    Now with the process over and getting some time to reflect a bit, I wanted to share a couple of thoughts for future law students gearing up for the process. Full disclosure - I had 9 OCIs, 5 in-firms and 3 offers. Only said first choice to my first choice that I ended up accepting an offer with. Kept showing my interests to all three firms throughout Tuesday and Wednesday. I would have been happy at either of the three places, but when given a choice made the selection based on where I would likely get the best opportunities to grow. First, I think BLG should not be getting as bad of a rep as it does (re Ultra Vires articles). They never pressured me to say first choice and I feel like they are doing some great work on the D&I front (as a person of colour, I personally see D&I more in terms of having an inclusive mindset then making sure there are a certain number of people of colour in the firm). I know of classmates that felt like they were pressured to say first choice, but I personally read that as perhaps them not conveying their interest enough and the firm not knowing where to place the candidate in terms of interest in the firm. No, BLG was not my first choice. Second, I feel like these has been said in some of the threads on this forum, but just to reiterate, whether or not you get an offer, don't take it personally. The firms are making business decisions that do take into consideration academics and personality to an extent, but are largely just based on the needs of their firms (which are businesses at the end of the day). So if you got an offer, don't let it get to your head and if you didn't, again, don't let it get to your head. The process does seem to favour extroverts over introverts (funny enough, a member of the student committee at BLG expressed awareness of that...) and is by no means perfect. I am also aware that its easier for me to say this given my position, but I still felt this before the process ended. It is definitely not purely based on grades or your personality - more of a mix I would say. Third, imho confidence is key in getting an offer in this process. Without going into too many details, I stand out pretty starkly amongst your average law student today and especially next to the average Bay St. lawyer. However, I went into the process not making any compromises that would make me uncomfortable. I didn't wear heels. I wanted to wear a suit and I did. I ate my meals without thinking too much about knives, spoons and fork placements. I honestly feel that was the reason why I was able to get three offers. The tables shifted pretty quick and all the people I met on the other side largely did not look like me. That doesn't mean it was all smooth sailing. I did feel judged by one of the top gun partners at the only firm that dropped me in the process, but again wouldn't want to work at a place where being me was not welcome. So the whole 'be you' advice is the way to go imo. Confidence comes across and makes you stand out in this process. The reality is that the process is stressful, which inevitably causes a lot of nerves. The key is to not let the nerves show and hopefully be able to keep them at bay - at least when you are in the interviews. This is by no means easy and some great candidates fall through the cracks because of it imho. Last thing I would want to note is that if you are in a position to make a decision at the end don't let how nice firms are treating you play a huge factor in what you decide. If they want you, they will obviously butter you up. In my case, all three were laying it on thick. In making that decision, I would advise focusing on the work and growth opportunities, which is what I did and was advised to do. Grateful for how the process ended for myself, but as someone who did a lot of research/prep before the process, I feel like these were some key things I would have wanted to know going in.
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    Personal Statement

    I would call the Admissions Office to confirm, but I don't think it should affect your entrance chances unless there was something specific about naming documents in the application.
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    Change in Personal Statement

    Agree with everything @pzabbythesecondsaid. Another thing to add: there has been a change in leadership in the admissions office at McGill Law after around 6-7 years I believe.
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    Penfield Apartments? (McGill Housing)

    Yes, this is the Luna building I'm referring to. It does seem pricey to me as well, but I am looking for a two bedroom apartment to rent out that is located not too far from the faculty (ideally less than 30 minute commute). I've also been looking at the new condos being built in Griffintown, but they seem to be the same price (if not more) and are located further to the faculty than the Luna building. I'm also a little confused as to which neighbourhoods would be more study friendly. I tend to work best at home, so I am also looking for a quiet neighbourhood.
  6. Currently in Montreal looking for apartments and came across a 4.5 apartment for rent for $1700 on Penfield. Any opinions on whether I should go for it or not? Its right across the New Chancellor Hall building and seems to be student friendly, but I read some terrifying google reviews and thought I get other opinions...
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    Graduated 2016 – Questions About McGill Law?

    Thank you for starting this thread! I had questions pertaining to student attire. 1) How casual/professional do students dress on a day to day basis? 2) Are backpacks okay to carry around or are they considered juvenile? Would you recommend backpacks over messenger bags considering textbooks et al? I ask because I am currently cleaning out my closet and plan on going shopping for clothes that I will be able to work with throughout law school...
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    Accepted 2016

    Yup!
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    Accepted 2016

    I got accepted last Tuesday! I had my French interview the day before I got my acceptance although I just finished a Bilingual Honours B.A. I have an 8.0 GPA out of a 9.0, no LSAT, if anything average ECs and LORS from profs I have continuously had classes with since first year. My Minerva status changed before I got the email, but by only 20 minutes or so. Genuinely still surprised that I got in, but I think diversity of experiences might explain my acceptance. I finished an honours degree in 3 years (convocation in June) and its a bilingual degree so a slightly offbeat program (?). I don't know, McGill's law admissions are still a mystery to me... Good Luck to everyone waiting!
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    Accepted 2016

    I called today and the lady at the office said that rejections have started going out.
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    Chances for McGill 2015

    I haven't heard back yet from McGill... Should I start making my alternative plans more concrete? Or wait it out until the end of Feb?
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    Status on Minerva

    I called and asked about the number of offers and was not given a clear response. The lady just said that offers have been going out since December and are being made daily.
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    Accepted 2016

    Congratulations! Glad that this thread has finally started!
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    Status on Minerva

    My status is also still on Ready for Review. I think the first round offers will start going out starting next Monday. Last year the offers started on the 15th of December.
  15. I don't know if this helps but if you call the undergraduate admissions office they have some pre recorded messages answering some useful questions regarding uploading documents and stuff. Good luck! I hope everything works out!
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