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  1. I wouldn't worry about missing out on a lot. There will be regular, larger-scale hangouts quite regularly - on Wednesday evenings the JCR is turned into a bar and students hang out there. There are also pub nights ever Thursday which have a high turnout of 1Ls, especially in the first month. Lastly, there are tonnes of student groups to find people with common interests, each of which will hosts their own events. I'd recommend tracking the student event Facebook pages.
  2. I strongly recommend taking Contract Remedies - it is taught by a couple of lawyers from Blakes, gives you a tonne of practical experience, and is overall a really fun class. You are evaluated on arguments made in response to fact scenarios and the profs challenge you (quite literally as you are presenting your arguments) to think of persuasive and creative legal solutions. It can be a little intimidating at first but it is 100% worth it and great preparation for post-grad. Best seminar at Osgoode, hands-down. Business associations is a great class, especially with Forbes. Admin law, tax, and trusts are also useful. Legal Ethics with Mercer helps immensely with the bar and is good for familiarizing oneself with the duties and obligations of a practicing lawyer.
  3. Iirc, most 1Ls that apply end up getting a spot, but it's best to apply early. I remember a few people were offered spots in Assiniboine residences, but not Passy.
  4. A lot of 1Ls live at Passy and there are quite a few social events hosted there and at the law school aimed specifically at 1Ls. In upper years a lot of people live closer to where they work but the city has a lot of cool neighborhoods. Passy is definitely cheaper than most places off-campus but Passy units can be a bit of a gamble: some are very nice, whereas others... not so much.
  5. First and foremost, while there are some really bad apples out there (as with any profession), there are also a lot of phenomenal people who practice law. It stinks that you are having a bad experience, but know that there are great lawyers out there that won't treat you poorly and dish out verbal and emotional abuse on the regular. Secondly, know your value. You are just starting your journey as a law student this fall, but that already means you have some amazing experience and talents under your belt. Don't let people low-ball you. Lastly, it is tough to get a feel for where the nice lawyers are at. Many firms or businesses will put their best foot forward when recruiting because they have an interest in the outcome of the recruitment (duh!), so work on being able to read people and places of employment to find an environment that will treat you with dignity and respect. Also note that you are still really early on in your journey, so you have plenty of time to find the right people that make practicing law much more enjoyable.
  6. One week is WAY too short. Others have mentioned it: onboarding takes time and even in 4-month summer positions students won't get a full feel for the working experience because large files can span many months. My knee-jerk reaction to the offer is to ask what information about your performance will be obtained in that one-week that won't otherwise be evidenced through a cover letter, CV, reference letter, and writing sample combo. Coupled with the fact that this is for an unpaid position, I would be highly skeptical of the offer. Also, good on the lawstudents.ca community for offering solid positivity during a stressful time for the OP.
  7. I'd say some people care (and care a lot), but that no student should care that other people might care about what they wear. Echoing what others have said: get a suit or two and shop around for those 50-60% off sales at big retailers. Also grab a few plain or simple pattern dress shirts from Uniqlo or a similar vendor. Lastly, MAKE SURE EVERYTHING FITS WELL! If you are going to be spending money on building the essentials for the future of your legal career, you might as well do some due diligence and make sure anything you grab fits with your build.
  8. There are resources to help on the mental health front, but the mileage may vary depending on the school and some services (like retaining a private therapist for after the school's therapy program runs its course) become untenable due to the high costs associated with law school. Mental health is still an evolving dialogue and one that encounters a lot of stigma, even at law school. I know I have heard some very nasty things said about those that are on mental health meds. Comically enough, a lot more law students struggle with mental health than the public discussions would lead you to believe, so you aren't alone. Having a good support network and maintaining your hobbies and pursuits that make YOU happy are really important in surviving, as well as knowing when to avoid toxic situations that are only going to deteriorate your mental health.
  9. Echoing the others in the thread, being older isn't going to be a negative, but I feel many prospective employers would be weary about on-boarding / hiring applicants in the 50+ demographic. Viewing applicants as an ROI and counting the years they have left is a very dehumanizing angle, but law firms are businesses.
  10. There is a LOT more excitement downtown, but living off campus is more expensive unless you are renting a room. If money isn't an issue, living off-site for the full duration would be fun. As others have mentioned, don't fret too much about the social dimension of living off-campus. It is convenient to be able to walk home from campus events, but living near campus isn't requisite for participating in campus culture
  11. Liking private practice because it gives one power over people is... an interesting perspective. Speaking from limited experience here (student jobs on both sides): I found in-house had more of a non-legal element to it and I was often involved quite heavily in the business aspects of my files. I personally liked having that sort of diversity in my workload and I really enjoyed the company and industry I was supporting, so that made my work a lot sweeter. I think the hierarchical aspect varies depending on where you are.
  12. It is really hard to relax and enjoy your time when you are saddled with six-figures of debt This is especially true for anyone coming from a lower-income family: mom and dad simply cannot make that debt go away, and not having that kind of safety net really erodes the mental health of law students from working class families.
  13. Not a direct update, but given that ATS conducted phone interviews in the first week of December, it is likely that they have filled the position by now.
  14. Sunnybrook just filled their articling position. ATS conducted phone interviews, unsure when their follow-up interviews are being held.
  15. In my defense, I usually walk the 5 km round trip from Passy to the Keele Walmart for groceries rain or shine
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