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  1. Don't waste your time. It's the better part of a year away and the tests are mostly a matter of being able to flip through the material quickly. Wait until the material for your exams come and then update old indexes or make your own. In the six months or so before that, look for a job or do something you'll enjoy if money isn't a concern.
  2. What jurisdiction are you in? In Ontario, my read of this web page is that you can get 10 days off without needing to extend articling, not that you're entitled to 10 days off. The only time you appear to be entitled to get off is 7 days per licensing exam if you're writing the exam for the first time during your articles. You probably need to ask your principal about the firm's policy toward vacation time if it's not in your offer letter or some other communication with the firm during the recruitment process.
  3. It's far from perfect but I find it difficult to believe you wouldn't be aware of the school newspaper that is literally handed out in your building providing some (admittedly incomplete) empirical data on this exact thing. Whoever was telling you those things is an idiot, trying to mess with you, or both. I'd be wary of their 'advice' in the future. You'd benefit greatly from walking away from all of this and giving yourself a break at this point. Freaking out like this is going to be bad for both your mental health and performance in this process.
  4. Basically anything. I'd guess there is a skew towards the humanities generally and within that I knew more people with poli sci than anything else but that's anecdotal.
  5. If I recall you find out a few weeks before the program starts but I'm not certain.
  6. So far the calculator has consistently been of for me by a few thousand dollars.
  7. The assertion that there aren't lakes in those parks is hilarious.
  8. To be frank it sounds like your experience is probably pretty limited. I'm referring mostly to 'outdoors' things that involve being more than 100 meters from a road while it sounds like you may be talking about drinking beer looking at a lake. I've been through cottage country many times and seen most of the things to do within a few hours driving of Toronto and remain unimpressed compared to basically everywhere else I've lived in Canada.
  9. Just try and meet and talk to people who work in the area. You ought to have some connections via grad school that you can use to this effect. Consider going to some of the events at MaRS that are IP related (get on their newsletter if you're not already). To be frank, I don't think any kind of industry position is realistic if you're going to be leaving in under a year anyway, even if it were they wouldn't be giving you IP work they'd want you for their bench experience and would probably have you making buffers or running standards etc. You almost certainly won't be able to get any kind of meaningful experience in IP prior to getting a law job. There are some IP sole practitioners in the Toronto area, you should talk to these people as well and not just the ones at the big firms.
  10. I'm having a little bit of trouble taking this seriously. According to google Banff national park is less than a 1.5 hour drive from Calgary, Yoho national park is roughly 2.25, Glacier national park is 3 hours, Jasper national park is 3.5 hours, and Mount Revelstoke national park is 4.5 hours away.
  11. I don't know if it's black and white as to where the best place to live in the country is. If you like the outdoors Toronto sucks, to be frank, compared to lots of other places like Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, etc. I also think the affordability of Montreal plus its nightlife etc. can make for a compelling argument that it's 'better'. I can see Toronto being the best for some people but I think there are a decent amount who'd also much prefer other cities.
  12. I have found the calculator inaccurate in the way you'd expect. I do not think its worth it.
  13. My financial aid was off substantially both years so far and I wish I'd gone somewhere cheaper.
  14. So most (perhaps all) of those legal clinics you can volunteer with or also work at them for credit in upper years. The administration's line is that you should only do one during 1L as they are time intensive. I volunteered at more than one, it was a lot of work. I know of others who suffered academically from doing so, I do not think I did but I had essentially no free time. Some are assigned by lottery and some are based on applications you put together so you may have very little choice in how many are available even if you wished to do more than one. I believe there is a bar on doing both a PBSC placement and DLS in 1L but I'm not 100 percent on that. In terms of upper year, for credit clinical work I am not aware of any cap as long as you still meet all your requirements to graduate. I do not think you can do the same clinical placement for credit multiple times. Again, some of these positions are difficult to get so you may have little choice in how many you can do. There is a DLS intensive program that I think is either an entire year or an entire semester working at the clinic full time.
  15. What do you mean by clinicals? As in for credit?
  16. "We regret to inform you that you have failed our secret test to see if you would fully enforce your rights."
  17. I think you should look very hard at your financial situation. If you're independently wealthy or not paying for your education personally it is a fine choice. There are clinics, journals, clubs, etc. all that fun stuff but I think it is impossible to place too much emphasis on how much the outrageous tuition can narrow your options and create the perception that you need to go the bay street route.
  18. Similar at UofT, admin is an upper year course but they make you do civ pro in 1L.
  19. If I recall correctly when I transferred mine from word to the OLSAS system it stripped out much of my punctuation, as well. It did not seem to impede my acceptance in any way. I'm sure it's a phenomenon the ad com is aware of, I wouldn't sweat it too much.
  20. I'd certainly regret having burnt the extra $200 or whatever it costs nowadays to buy your scantron sheet... You should really contact Osgoode to inquire about revoking your offer but I'd assume they'll stop looking at materials from you if you've been accepted. Again, don't rely on that and check with them if you really wanna go through with this but Osgoode is an excellent school and you don't even know how you did on your last take yet. By the time you get February scores most of UofT's acceptances will have gone out so you'd have to make a pretty strong improvement if you didn't make the cut by then already. I'd say definitely not worth it.
  21. Yea I haven't looked at any of the syllabuses or anything but I recall torts averaging 60-90 per class, crim about 70-100 per class, and constitutional frequently being over 100 per class last year with each of these being classes that met three times a week.
  22. I don't know that I'd open the email with "plz giv me job" or anything like that (being facetious, I'm sure you'd be eloquent) but I cold emailed A LOT just to learn about the market and area I want to practice in. I think setting up coffee chats with the kinds of employers you're interested in, assuming they don't do formalized recruits, will provide you with opportunities to inquire with them directly about that or also to see if they know anyone looking for help. This has the added benefit of getting your face out there and getting the opportunity to learn from some people in the process even if you don't find work.
  23. The reality is you're pretty unlikely to be able to determine that ahead of time. It's an experiential matter. A lot of the study habits that got you acceptance will probably continue to serve you well. Some almost certainly will not and you'll need to jettison them. Learning to recognize which is which is pretty hard until you're in the thick of it since people have different learning styles, time management skills, different professors have different expectations, and the curve you'll be subjected to will also vary from anyone else's (except fellow classmates, of course). Being relaxed and having done things you enjoy that you may not have time to do as much once you start school are probably the best preparation.
  24. After literally every exam except for one. And I don't think the thing that was bothering me ever really made a difference grades wise so I wouldn't sweat it too much.
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