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Starling last won the day on January 18 2017

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  1. Agreed. Also I’m at UBC (where OP also seems to attend) and I’ve had several recruiters at big firms tell me, unprompted, that we have a great CSO that understands exactly what the firms want. Probably since our CSO people have worked at large firms. Just wanted to add that since I don’t think it’s helpful for OP to go down the path of thinking an incompetent CSO was his or her issue.
  2. It’s definitely possible - I’m at UBC and you only see a few people applying to Ontario every year for OCIs, but almost all of them did get jobs. It would be easier to know the law in the place you want to practice though, and to network there. Your friend’s family having connections to a firm is pretty flimsy and I wouldn’t count on it meaning very much for recruitment. If you were the child of a major client or senior partner, obviously that connection would make you more competitive at a firm.
  3. Lots of stuff has been coming up on ACE through the summer - you should check every day because a lot of the postings aren't up for very long. And you should talk to our CSO - they're really good. Cold-emailing small firms is probably not a bad idea either - I think they will appreciate your initiative and it can't hurt to try.
  4. Have you talked to your 1L professors? Ask them to meet so you can see what to do better in the future and go through your exams to discuss the points you missed. It could be missing issues, confusing formatting that makes your argument too hard to follow, lack of focus on the main issues etc. You can also ask your prof to anonymously show you the answers of people who got top marks. It can be really helpful to read their responses and see how they frame their answers. Your profs are in the best position to tell you what to do better.
  5. That's not name dropping. Name dropping is claiming to know someone or mentioning you know them. You were showing interest in the firm's work which is quite different. To the OP - at my firm and other firms, if you name drop someone the recruiter will ask the lawyer or student what they thought of you. So it could be a risk if they don't like you. I also think it would look a bit weird if they don't remember you but I don't think it would be the end of the world. I personally would not name drop someone unless I knew them, they were my clinic supervisor, CBA mentor or someone you have more of a relationship with. I guess you could probably name drop someone you had an informational interview with if you think you connected and it went really well. I am not sure how much big firms would value this but I think boutiques or smaller firms would appreciate the demonstrated interest in their work. I agree with others saying not to name drop someone you just met at a networking event.
  6. I have ExamSoft. You don't need to show that your exam is submitted because it's submitted electronically with a timestamp and the program shows the test marker how long you had the exam open (between the time you press "Start" and "Submit"). You should have gotten a big green checkmark on your screen once the files were uploaded and email notifications confirming submissions. If you got neither of these things, then that is a problem. If the upload fails, you get a big notification on your screen asking to start uploading again. If the upload failed, the software won't try to upload again on its own - you need to click "Upload" again so I am not sure how yours would've gotten submitted several hours later. Edit: We also had a room in our school during exams for tech support if your program crashed or if your upload kept failing. We were told to go there immediately if it wasn't uploaded within a few minutes.
  7. The only people who would know this for sure would be the admissions committee, why don't you ask them for more details? How would anyone else know how this program would work if it hasn't been made public yet? I go to Allard and haven't heard anything about it.
  8. Yeah, I'm not saying they shouldn't, just saying it's not a thing in B.C. I'm assuming that's where they want to practice if they're at UVic.
  9. It's not really a thing in B.C., it is in Calgary and Toronto. There is only one 1L firm position in Vancouver that I know of, but it is only for Indigenous students.
  10. The point is to see how you act in social situations and whether they enjoy spending time with you in a less formal environment. The dinners are actually pretty fun. Be nice to the other students, obviously. Just try to be your best professional self. So be you, but obviously don't tell any inappropriate stories or be overly self-deprecating.
  11. It depends on the school though, your advice is only applicable for schools like U of T that are more holistic. For an index school like UBC, if you apply as a Regular applicant, marks and LSAT are actually everything. Obviously nothing wrong with shooting your shot but numbers are all they care about.
  12. You won't get into UBC or UVic with those numbers, unfortunately.
  13. You can look at the schools' websites to see whether they accept courses after graduation when calculating CGPA, not all do. You could also just contact Admissions at the schools you're interested in to see how it would be weighed.
  14. Most schools only have a few people who defer, or less. Schools generally will only let you defer if you have some kind of personal or family emergency, or get a really amazing opportunity at your current job that would make you a stronger candidate. I have never heard of a school letting someone defer for travel or because of cold feet. I can't imagine them letting someone do that.
  15. I assume you'd be able to find that kind of information on the school websites? If it's not there, they probably don't exclude credits.
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