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Everything posted by whoknows

  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.
  15. Theres also the advantage that Guelph is a fantastic place to live.
  16. I'm in the same boat as you, OP. But everyone I've spoken to has indicated you're going about this the wrong way. Cold calling and asking straight up for a job isn't the most valuable use of your time. It's been much more productive on my end to attempt to set up coffee chats with lawyers in practice areas you are interested in, go, discuss their practice, etc. Create good relationships with people whose networks are bigger than yours. I've had people who I've met with later reach out for my resume because they've heard someone is looking. You'd be surprised how generous people are with their time. Also, these ad hoc applications aren't effective because they are carefully tailored to the individual firms, doesn't mirror their interests, etc. Focus on quality, pointed applications that are individuall tailored and things will likely pick up. It's not even close to time to be applying to the LPP (deadline is May 30th).
  17. 82.6% is not horrible, especially not with extenuating circumstances. One of the smartest people I know in law school is a Windsor grad. You're overthinking this. Do the best you can (which seems to be pretty damn good) write a solid LSAT, and you'll be fine.
  18. @Uriel has a thread about being a big law associate that's pretty great for this. He seems to enjoy it (or at least he did when I met with him a year or so ago).
  19. I'll just put it out there, but his experience is how a number of people, at least in my 3L classes, see their futures going post grad. It's why probably...50ish percent of people I speak to in-depth about the future have already thought of exit options.
  20. This was pretty much my point, and I think it's probably pretty dependent on small vs. big shop situations or even based on practice group. I said it mostly as a way to get OP to consider the intangibles of what he may be giving up. I went into law with some rose-tinted glasses and have come to accept certain elements of what my future life will look like, but I wish I had known before entering.
  21. There's something to be said for "usable" vacation though. Sure, plenty of my friends who are working have "3 weeks" or "2 weeks" or "4 weeks", they just seldom get to use it, and even when they do, it's not truly vacation, they're still working, just not going into the office. OP should be aware of that.
  22. I would not give it up to go to law school. That's a solid career, great work-life balance, good pay, more vacation than you'd hope to get for years in law, and at a very early age.
  23. I've heard ERCO Worldwide has sent out interview offers.
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