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  1. solas

    Using LOC to pay off OSAP??

    Because private bank LOCs aren't given under the act? It's not about whether they fit under the act, it about whether you received the loans under the act.
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    Using LOC to pay off OSAP??

    Look at the first line--you can only deduct the loan if it was granted under federal or provincial student loan acts.
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    2L Summer (2019) Recruit PFOs/ITCs

    A stolen joke, even
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    2L Summer (2019) Recruit PFOs/ITCs

    It was a bit strange, and I definitely bungled my second interview with them because I had no idea what to expect or how to prepare. One of my interviewers did say that everyone who makes it through to the second interview is intellectually/academically capable of doing the work and, at that point, all they're trying to evaluate is how well you'd fit in there (i.e. can you work in a team, understand the higher ethical obligations on/role of Crown lawyers in the system, that kind of thing).
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    2L Summer (2019) Recruit PFOs/ITCs

    For DOJ, it was more of the same but with different interviewers. There were no substantive questions that I can recall but a lot of behavioural and ethical questions.
  6. Yes, that's how GPA calculation works in most places
  7. What city are you OCing for? We had Vancouver and Toronto DOJ at OCIs and they asked pretty different questions--Vancouver (from what I heard) asked more substantive questions. DOJ Toronto was pretty laid back, mostly asking things like areas of interest, why DOJ, etc. The in-firm interviews (there are two for DOJ Toronto) had much meatier questions--basically they ask substantive (last year they gave us a case to talk about), behavioural ("what would you do if co-worker X didn't like you and didn't want to do work you assigned" or "talk about a time you encountered difficulty with a boss"), and ethical.
  8. it used to be on their website, although I can't seem to find it now. your best bet is probably just to call or email the admissions department.
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    Do OCI employers ask for criminal record checks?

    I'm not sure if this is typical of OCI firms but mine did not ask for a records check. However, the language in my contract included a clause that said the offer was conditional on not being charged or convicted of a criminal offence.
  10. this is the JT look you should be emulating
  11. I'm starting to think about upcoming clerkship applications and my biggest hang-up seems to be the cover letter. How does one approach writing a cover letter? Is it basically the same as writing any other cover letter for a legal job (i.e. related to structure and content)? I know to highlight research/writing related experience (RA positions, journal experience, prior clerking, and I guess legal research related work experience?) but is there anything else I should be highlighting? Do they care about mooting experience? I'm mainly looking at appellate clerkships (ONCA, FCA, SCC), if that makes a difference. Also, I welcome any tips on the writing sample--I was planning on using the paper I'll be writing for my paper course this year, but it's definitely going to be over the page limit. I'm guessing best practice is to re-write and shorten it, as opposed to providing just a 15 page snippet?
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    Clerkship at the Ontario Superior Court

    At Dal it's weird because they don't give us our percentage grades, yet the average listed on our transcripts is based off of percentage grade rather than GPA (which they also don't give us). It's all very opaque but at least they let us request our exams, which usually contains the percentage grade.
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    Clerkship at the Ontario Superior Court

    This is a possibly off-topic question that I had while reading these responses: is grade distribution something that employers/judges pay attention to when hiring? Is, say, having a 3.9 GPA less impressive at Queen's than it would be at Osgoode or Dal or something? Is class rank more broadly comparable across schools?
  14. It's not all MAG places (con law branch doesn't for example) but the ones that do don't specify from where. I submitted a couple reference letters from profs during the 1L recruit and got an interview, so I wouldn't stress too much about it.
  15. iirc they take your last 60 credits. They split up years but they won't split up individual semesters. So yes, if you take an extra semester, it'll replace your fall semester of third year.
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