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  1. You may be overthinking this. You're likely just not a priority right now, and the lawyer could genuinely just be very busy or away on vacation. Give it another 2 weeks. Depending on when you reached out to the secretary last, try them again.
  2. Just as a caveat, seeing as how OP seems to be access to justice oriented, they may not care about the 2L hiring process that is focused on Bay Street and corporate/commercial employers. Ottawa seems to do just fine outside of this recruit, and I imagine they place many students in corporate firms in Ottawa. That being said, if OP thinks they are interested in a Biglaw job in Toronto, they should definitely go to Western over Ottawa.
  3. I think I just prefer the 175 student class size over Ottawa's 300. And I don't want to derail this thread or anything, but my personal belief is that Western law also has a better reputation, in general. Ottawa lost some clout when they increased their class size dramatically.
  4. Queen's has a higher curve than Osgoode and you need strong grades for Crown jobs. Osgoode has the CLASP Criminal Division, Innocence Project, and Criminal Law Intensive. Additionally, you can take nothing but criminal law courses after 1L because of the breadth of courses offered. That being said, your interests may change in law school. For criminal law jobs in Toronto, the comparison here is potatoes to potatos. What other factors are you considering that are important to you outside of employment prospects alone?
  5. Ottawa has the largest class size out of all law schools in Canada. However, it will also likely have more diversity and access to justice opportunities. I'd go with Western though.
  6. https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/programs/juris-doctor/jd-program/clinics-intensives/ https://www.law.utoronto.ca/centres-programs/legal-clinics CLASP has the Employment Division and Parkdale has the Worker's Rights Division. Depending on your interests, you may favour clinics at one school over another. But they both have strong clinic opportunities I think.
  7. If you've always wanted to live and work in the West and that is your plan out of law school, does it matter what the current state of the market is? The problem with looking at averages and general trends I find is that it doesn't account for exceptions or other factors. You may find your dream job out of law school in the West. I would focus on that and remain positive.
  8. Then what's your concern regarding cost if it's being paid for. If U of T is your number 1 choice and the cost is not an issue, you are good to go.
  9. Aren't you drowning in debt if you have over 100k in loans owing? This can be a huge burden for adults in relation to starting a family, travel, buying a home, obtaining their ideal job, etc. Now if you are comfortable managing that debt and putting off many aspects of your life for a few years (or many years, really) to pay it off, then you might be fine. You can certainly survive with 100k+ debt (I am in this situation currently), but you won't have the luxury of some of the things I noted above. But is anyone's goal after pursuing a professional degree and taking on 100k+ debt just to "survive?" If you are not interested in Biglaw, from a career perspective, what is the major advantage that U of T has, as opposed to another school that costs a fraction of what U of T costs and will likely get you to the exact same place? Essentially, your question comes down to how comfortable YOU are personally with having 100k+ in debt. I see my friends who make half of what I make already buying homes, but they don't have the amount of debt that I do. But I'm comfortable with the decision I made because I knew what I was getting myself into. As long as you are comfortable with it, it doesn't matter what anyone else says.
  10. Depends. How are you going to pay for U of T, and if taking out loans, how long will it realistically take for you to pay it off? Particularly given the fact that the career path you are hoping to pursue is not highly compensated; I'm assuming by civil rights and international law, you are referring to government, public interest, NGO, legal aid, etc. type of work.
  11. I think a lot of this work is usually done in the context of poverty law, government (this is more public interest focused), NGOs, nonprofits, and small firms. You can essentially work at any of these places out of any law school. I don't see a benefit to taking on 100-200k debt for U of T when you could likely get to the same place out of McGill. U of T's primary advantage is really in its Bay Street/New York placement rates.
  12. https://www.law.utoronto.ca/student-life/career-development-office/career-statistics I think you need to first do some research on what human rights law actually looks like in the context of practicing in it. An extremely small number of people in the world practice exclusively in this area.
  13. There are people that are admitted without ever going into queue, and there are people that go into queue early and never admitted. Relying on this to predict admissions is not a good idea.
  14. You tell us. What are your grounds for appeal - that you got an 80%+ in all your other courses?
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