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  1. Most people in society would say that you should have moved out of your parents' home permanently by your mid-late 20s. But how is this possible if you're graduating from law school with high five figures or six figure debt? The salary I make is barely enough to pay off my credit card and minimum student loans each month. How do you then afford rent or a downpayment on a house? How did other people here make it work?
  2. I really don't think it helps much. When I did OCIs at Oz, many of the B/B+ and even the rare C+ students (connections, nepotism, varsity athletes, etc.) were hired over the A students. The grades can get you the interview, but you have 17 minutes to sell yourself in an interview and make the people sitting across from you like you. Your grades are not what is going to make them like you, but rather how you converse with them and your personality.
  3. We see a lot of threads where people ask about going to law school at a later age, but what are the experiences of all those young lawyers out there (mostly those who go to law school at 21 and 22 right out of undergrad) As a lawyer who is 25 or 26, how are you finding the legal profession, your work, how employers, peers, and laypersons perceive you, etc. Anyone feel free to share your thoughts on this.
  4. I have a strong suspicion that this comment is going to derail this thread. 😃
  5. The clinic is facing a lot of uncertainty now with losing its lease and massive cuts by legal aid ontario. I'm surprised that they're still taking students given the layoffs I heard happening.
  6. I would say the Advanced Business Law workshop with Davies and Parkdale Intensive Program. I know someone working in New York right now who really tried for Parkdale and couldn't get it. They probably receive the most applicants out of all the clinical programs.
  7. I don't know. Emotional intelligence and mental illness as a required 1L course may not be a bad idea given how it's so prevalent in law school and the legal profession and a neglected topic.
  8. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that you're more interested in the personal services areas of law or government, in which case, accepting a Biglaw job with no intention of being a corporate lawyer may not be the best idea here. Did you apply to litigation boutiques and the Crown/DOJ? There are lots of opportunities to article with the MAG as well.
  9. I actually found that many of the older students had an advantage in legal employment, as they were more grounded and had a maturity and work experience that the younger students lacked.
  10. No 2L summer job here. Graduated from law school and doing just fine now. The important thing is to get called to the bar. You have the rest of 2L and 3L and even after 3L to find an articling position, and now there is the LPP program as well.
  11. Schools with less stringent admissions requirements, party-type culture, and overall weaker student body. Ottawa. Look into Windsor, Alberta, Calgary, UNB, and Lakehead too. Maybe Western and Queen's for the party-culture associated with these schools.
  12. Where do you want to work? In what area/s of law?
  13. OP, PM me as well if you'd like further information. The only U of T job prospects I've seen is increased placement rates on Bay and New York. A lot of people on this forum don't realize that this accounts for just 20% of all legal jobs and that 70-80% of law students get jobs outside of these processes. If you have questions about the merits of these schools outside of the Biglaw 2L hiring process, you can PM me and I'd be happy to fill you in.
  14. https://www.lexpert.ca/directory/practice-areas/ranking/ Check out this link. Health law is such a niche field that it's not even listed in the practice area directory. Find the places you'd potentially like to work at, and read the bios of people there. http://www.cba.org/Sections/Health-Law/About https://www.oba.org/Sections/Health-Law Read up here and maybe even reach out to some people.
  15. Dalhousie is a good choice if you want to do the combined degree. I know people who filled their degree with courses in one area of law, then went on to practice in a completely unrelated area. There aren't enough health law courses in law school to fill an entire degree. You can do it for criminal and business law, but health law is a very niche area and most law schools only have a handful of courses in this area. Honestly, you've shown enough of an interest in health law, especially with your master's degree, that it won't make much of a difference to future employers. They'll know when they see your application that health law and policy is your main area of interest. Ottawa is a good place to be for government, but are there a lot of health law opportunities there? This is what you should research and find out.
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