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  1. I know this is slightly off topic but does anyone have any recommendations for shoulder bags? I'm looking for something light weight and compact (but still big enough to fit a 13-14 inch laptop). My budget would $200-$300. Also, if anyone has recommendations of bags they carry to work in general, those are welcome as well!
  2. If you’re not hired back after articling at your large full service firm, is the door to a first year associate position at any other large full service firms closed? Or would you be able to apply with decent chances, provided that you received 'good' (on par) training (and maybe a reference letter from the firm)?
  3. I’ve been told generally that once you’re hired to a full service firm via OCIs, they (the firm) don’t really care about your grades anymore, let alone ask to see your transcripts. I guess it would ultimately vary between firms..? But would you say it’s common for firms to ask for transcripts once you’re ‘in the door’? And for those that do ask for transcripts, would they base how well your grades are by the end of law school on their decision to hire you back?
  4. Wow. Don't I feel like the dumbest law student right now..But thank you!
  5. I couldn't really find much information on hire back ratios of bay street firms and was wondering if anyone here could shed some light regarding this topic. I've heard that some firms have lower hire back ratios than others (ie some firms hire back roughly 50% of articling students as associates) and I'd like to look out for those firms due to job security and what not. However, like I initially said, I've had trouble finding much, if any, empirical data on this and would like some insight. My questions are as follows: 1) What's the best way to find this information? 2) Would this be an overly sensitive question to ask during an interview (or a conversation in general)? Any sort of input would be appreciated!
  6. I can't offer much knowledge regarding Alumni Hall but I did have a few friends who lived at Canterbury. They seemed to like it due to the convenience of being extremely close to the law building. Also, I think there are more law students residing in Canterbury (whether that is a pro/con is subjective). However, it is a bit pricey and I don't think the apartment is furnished. Overall, I'd probably choose Canterbury over Alumni Hall! Hopefully there will be someone else who can share any personal experience
  7. I can't offer much knowledge regarding Alumni Hall but I did have a few friends who lived at Canterbury. They seemed to like it due to the convenience of being extremely close to the law building. Also, I think there are more law students residing in Canterbury (whether that is a pro/con is subjective). However, it is a bit pricey and I don't think the apartment is furnished. Overall, I'd probably choose Canterbury over Alumni Hall! Hopefully there will be someone else who can share any personal experience
  8. Thank you everyone for your input. I'm just nervous for the upcoming OCIs and am currently trying to gather as much information as I can on it. I appreciate all the information and experiences shared!
  9. I'm wondering how relevant good grades and/or good ECs are once you've passed that threshold of securing an interview. I've been told that grades are merely for screening purposes and once you've secured an interview it's on you to do well in the interview. If for example, someone with solid stats did relatively poorly on an interview, would the person have little to no chance? Or are things still considered as a whole? On the flip side of things, how would poor grades (assuming the applicant manages to get an interview despite their not so competitive grades) affect someone who does well in an interview? I'm aware that firms will likely ask for an explanation behind the poor grades, but aside from that, would it still weigh the applicant down?
  10. I can't remember too clearly but I recall the break being something like 2-3 weeks. I also think our exams ended before the 21st (I think formally the end of first year exams are the 21st, but everyone finishes before that). What I do remember is that PILS week started on January 2nd or 3rd. Perhaps litigationstation could shed some light on this issue (assuming he/she just finished 1L)
  11. I don't remember what the acronym stands for but that's not important. It's a mandatory pass/fail component of a course called Access to Justice. For PILS week all 1Ls are divided up into groups of 8-9ish students. Each group is assigned a position either for the plaintiff or the defendant (your group is essentially firm representing your client). Throughout the week you will be doing research, meeting with the other firm (which you will be paired with), client interview (a drama student acts as a client), and by the end of it your group will draft a memo. Think of the whole thing as a firm simulation. You don't have classes during PILS week but you are required to meet up with your group everyday to work on your PILS material. This year PILS week overlaps with your reading week so that's kind of lame. On the bright side, you will have a 3 week break in the winter! We had a reading week but our PILS week was during the break so 1Ls had to come back to school a week earlier than upper years. I personally think having an actual reading week is better but considering you're from BC and assuming you'll be going back home for winter, having the full 3 weeks break is good too. PILS week is not that stressful because no one is going to really fail. Some students do take it more seriously than others but you could honestly just cruise through it. Although you will be putting in work everyday, you'll still have time to do readings/assignments so it's not all that bad.
  12. 1. I do recall hearing from some people that the east side of the bridge and parts of Sandwich was kind of sketchy. I personally haven't been to the area enough times to give any meaningful input . As for a car..I personally think it will be helpful to have your car since the grocery stores tend to be pretty far from campus. If you decide to live a fair distance from the law building then i'd definitely recommend having your car. But even if you a walking distance, I think there are many merits to having your car (I didn't have a car but managed just fine though). Perhaps the best thing to do is bring your car in the beginning of the year and see how you feel about it afterwards. If you feel that you really don't need it, then you can always just leave it back home when you go back for Thanksgiving weekend. 2. It shouldn't take too long I believe. Did either group prompt you to fill out any information? (Whether you're an incoming student or returning student, email, etc.) Because I believe you have to fill those out before you're invited into the group. If you didn't get any of that, then I would try shooting the admin a private message! 3. Yes. Shortly after school starts, all 1Ls are given an opportunity to apply for a mentor. The process is very simple and you're assigned a mentor a week or two afterwards. I highly recommend applying for a mentor! All of us upper years are eager to help incoming 1Ls and although we're more than willing to help, mentee or not, it's good to have your own mentor. 4. I'm actually not too certain about that as I personally don't know any 1Ls that worked part time at the university. You might be able to find something in the university (Windsor library, etc) but I'm doubtful there's anything for 1Ls at the faculty of law. I recommend that you do not work in 1L unless you're in dire financial need. It's somewhat true that there isn't much spare time in 1L. As a result, whatever spare time you do have, it's important to take that time to relax and do whatever it is that you enjoy. If you really do want to work, then at least let the fall semester go by first. If you feel like you can manage a part-time job on top of that, you can look for something during the winter semester. Also, if you are trying to work because you really need the money, don't forget that you can always apply for bursaries!
  13. Wow that's pretty crazy! You'll likely find a few others with various degrees and experiences as well. Anywho, to answer your questions: 1) As BleedBlue has said, there are m/c components in exams/tests, although they are usually not significantly weighed. Especially for midterms and final exams, you'll find yourself answering either essay type questions or fact hypotheticals (A fact hypothetical exam is when you're given numerous facts of a situation and you have to apply the legal doctrines you have learned throughout the year/semester). With that being said, you may have tests/quizzes (not exams) that may be comprised of m/c and/or short answers. To share my in-depth experience, I had 2 tests (instead of a midterm) worth 15% each for property. We actually wrote 3 tests but our lowest grade got dropped so it was very fair. For the final in property, there was a m/c component that comprised I think 30% of the final exam. It's also worth noting that students had the option of opting out of the m/c component by writing a research paper (they still had to do the other chunk of the final) but this was not a popular route under the circumstances. Otherwise, I didn't have any other m/c in a final. All in all, I think it comes down to the prof and whether that prof likes giving m/c questions. I don't think you have to worry yourself too much about m/c! 2) I also agree with BB in that your LSAT score is not a good representation of how well you will 'curve' in 1L. Personally, I strongly believe that LSAT scores have little correlation to law school success. I know people who had 160-165 LSAT scores who ended up on the curve (average). I can definitely relate to your concern because I also had a relatively poor LSAT score myself (154 or something like that). But despite that, I did pretty in 1L so I assure you, you have nothing to worry about! You're in law school now congrats! Let the horrible memories of LSAT prepping rest in peace.
  14. Thanks, I really appreciate that! The year went by very quickly and I was done before I knew it. Three years of law school may seem daunting at first, but it really seems to fly by (according to upper years haha) and I think it's important for all of us to make the most of our time while we are able.
  15. Thanks for your input BB! That's a really nice study tip! I think I may try that myself for upcoming 2L
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