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whoknows last won the day on September 4 2018

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  1. I will note one advantage of the Dual program is that you get access to a number of possible 1L jobs in the states that aren't available to purely Canadian students. OP should be looking into those opportunities.
  2. I'd hazard a guess that I applied to between 100 and 200 jobs before I found my articling position. I did not find summer jobs in law in 1L or in 2L. I'm exceedingly happy with where I ended up and will be compensated quite well. The fact you're getting interviews is a good sign, so keep going, ask for feedback from your interviews, and keep improving. The margins at this stage are super thin, as Diplock eluded to. You'll be fine.
  3. I've gone K-JD, and I've mentioned this before but I really wish I had taken a year to go work on the hill in Ottawa. I'm a policy wonk at heart, even the law school essays I've written (and been successful with) have been advocating for specific, small policy changes that address wider ranging issues. It would have been really nice to go, work for a year or two, save some money, think about what I wanted, and go from there. I probably would have ended up doing public service policy work for a couple years and then parlaying that into a masters. The reality though, is that I didn't really have a tonne of options at the end of undergrad. I was lost, I had pretty awful grades, and had always thought about being a lawyer. So when the chance came, I jumped at it. It's been a good decision in the sense that I have learned a lot in law school, I've done better than I ever did in undergrad, and the degree is super portable to public policy work should I decide to make that swap. But I don't particularly like or enjoy school, and it's been an expensive endeavour that's saddled me with a large amount of debt. There's also a major "grass is always greener" syndrome that happens when you look at your friends who are moving up in the working world and already becoming successful in their own rights, and living a pretty solid lifestyle, all the while you're starting off at the bottom rung. If I look back, would I have done a bunch of things differently? Probably. But I also think applying your current knowledge to your past decisions is a bit of a dangerous game. I did the best I could with the knowledge and feelings I had.
  4. This may surprise you, but I have plenty of friends who go to U of T who have had to navigate the system. I also have a number of friends who didn't go to U of T specifically because of how they do their calculations. Finally, one of the reasons I don't go to U of T is because of how they calculate financial aid. I've also read an article or two about the drawbacks of their system. I'm talking less about process, and more about factors. I hope things work out for you. It's a major investment.
  5. If you're around small business owners or business people they certainly have pretty defined opinions on employee vs. management side labour lawyers. Providence is correct. These opinions are entrenched, but they're certainly different across economic/racial, etc. lines.
  6. And their criteria for what constitutes "need" are pretty damn strict. Their financial aid system is pretty broken.
  7. I'd be interested in hearing about the new-call market as well, FWIW.
  8. I misread it as the ",again" meaning this was another situation where there would be a frown. The way you meant it is better.
  9. Aunt Matilda was a lovely lady and I WILL be going to pay my respects.
  10. I'm always around to answer transfer questions via PM (and sometimes in thread).
  11. So just be a responsible pet owner then and don't get high-energy breeds you can't care for. I'm not going to own a Husky if it's not going to have space. I'd gladly own a great dane in an apartment though.
  12. I think certain schools have reputations depending on who you ask. I don't think those reputations are necessarily accurate, and I certainly don't believe they are something to choose a school based on.
  13. I've interacted with a variety of students from most law schools in Canada. Most have some snobby people. If you're at all capable of sussing them out quickly you can avoid them and be around people you enjoy. Some of the most down to earth people I know go to U of T. I wouldn't call any of them weird (maybe weird in the sense they think 38k a year in tuition is fine).
  14. I personally know someone who does Gerogetown to Toronto and another that does Guelph to Mississauga. It's not ideal in either case but both are pretty okay with their commutes. I think Guelph to downtown would be a stretch but if you worked in the west end/etobicoke it wouldn't be awful.
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