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    Articling options under consideration

    I'd argue that the bail out situation is already happening- all law students are subsidizing the LPP. Except the way it is now there is a huge disparity in terms of experience and compensation. You're right that it could create an associate crisis. I would argue the difference is that you at least have the qualifications of a lawyer. Even if you don't go the typical associate route, you could still open your own shop or have professional qualifications to seek a career in a similar field, and command a higher salary. You're definitely more employable as a lawyer than as a law school graduate.
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    Articling options under consideration

    I would have to disagree with this. I'm sure that in many situations even if the student is not performing exclusively billable work that the student is contributing indirectly to the financial success of the firm. Someone needs to answer the phone or make copies or run to the courthouse or whatever the case may be. In fact, there are many law clerks whose time is not billed- does that mean they shouldn't be paid either? "Avoid being a marginal candidate" is a nice sentiment, but does not reflect the reality of the labour market today's law students find themselves in. Quite simply, law schools are graduating far too many students for the demand. And many of these students are talented and bright. I was an A student and found myself waiting tables during my articles to scrape together enough pennies to afford to bring a lunch every day. There are a lot of students who fall in the cracks due to bad luck or bad odds through no fault of their own. It is certainly not a reflection of their quality as a lawyer or their worthiness of being admitted to the profession. The current articling system is an unfair barrier to entry for many. Let students become licensed and their worth to the profession can be ascertained at that point.
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    Does # of articling students matter?

    I have experienced it both ways. I preferred working with other students. Having other students provided support and helped to lighten the load at times. My experience as the only student was fine, and I did have support from other staff, but there's something very isolating about it (you never really fit because you're not a lawyer but you're not the support staff either).
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    We're Starting Articles Soon. Give us advice!

    I'll use the classic lawyer response: it depends. Is it a puppy? It can take a while to train a dog. Personally, I wouldn't leave a puppy home alone all day. This could also depend on the breed, too, such as the amount of attention or exercise it needs in a day. There are a few other factors I would consider: What are the hours of your articling gig? Is the office dog friendly? Is it nearby (so you could pop home at lunch)? Do you have a spouse or roommate who could let it out during the day?
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    Summer Jobs

    To be honest, the chances of finding a 1L summer job are slim. My advice would be what FunnyLawName said- FSWEP. Especially if money is a concern for you, the government has some interesting and well paying summer jobs (e.g. I know they hire law students to be tour guides at the Supreme Court). All experience has transferable skills which you can then put in a resume when you're apply for 2L jobs, articling etc.
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    Has anyone taken Con law II with Mallet?

    Here are my constructive thoughts. It's been a few years, so I don't recall the format of her exams, exactly, but I seem to recall it was pretty fair- heavily caselaw driven, some broad questions and some more narrow ones. Mallet's con law classes have a reputation for being "tough". I actually found her exams quite fair, although you do need to be strict with time or you will not finish. Therefore, have an awesome summary (or find an awesome summary). You can do the readings, sure, that's the best way to learn. If you don't have time, find some solid case briefs (online, even). If you don't have time for that, at least read the Wikipedia article about the case. What I'm saying is prep something. Mallet likes to call on people and you want to make sure you have something to add to the conversation unless you enjoy be ridiculed and turning the colour of a tomato. Follow along with her slides- they are quite detailed and she does break things down into bite size pieces. She will, however, assume some base of knowledge, so if you're trying to learn off the lectures/slides alone, it will be difficult to follow. I hope this helps.
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    The Bar Exam/Wedding Dilemma

    Usually late June. They recently posted the June 2018 calls so you'd have to wait a bit for the June 2019 dates. https://www.lsuc.on.ca/CalltoBarDatesTimesLocations/
  8. I am articling at a very understaffed firm. I was told 2 months in that part of my job includes answering the phones and helping clients at the front desk when the receptionist is away/at lunch/unavailable. I wasn't told this either in the interview or when the job was offered. Playing receptionist probably takes a good 1/2 to 1 hour out of my day and is affecting the amount of legal work I get done. If it's any context I earn the same as the receptionist. So I was wondering, is this a common expectation of articling students? Do I just have a chip on my shoulder for thinking this isn't my job? Thanks in advance.
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    Study time for Ontario Bar

    I think starting only on May 25 would add a significant amount of stress- and that's the last thing you need writing the bar! I wouldn't count on putting in "full days" or 12 hour days. The material is dense and exhausting, and it's much better to take mental breaks. Feeling under pressure to put in a certain number of hours each day will only add to the stress. I started the day the materials came out in April, and had a rigid Monday to Friday 9-5 schedule. I got through everything once, and read the parts I didn't know twice. I felt confident about the material. Two things I would say though: definitely buy the index (I bought the Ontario Law Exam one and it was fantastic). This will save you a lot of time, especially if you aren't as familiar with the materials. Also, if you've taken a lot of the classes on the bar, that will help your comfort level with the content. Best of luck!
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    How much does it matter where you go to school?

    I think it does matter and I don't think it has to do with "prestige" or "reputation" or whether a school is a "good" school or a "bad" school. Where are the alumni? Although early into my law career, I've definitely noticed that lawyers want to hire other lawyers who went to their alma mater.
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    UPass

    I believe it September 1 to April 31.
  12. I'm going to hazard a guess that a lot of people feel the same way (myself included). But hey, you learn what you like and don't like. It's 10 months to gain some experience then you can go do what you really want to do. As many people have told me: "Nobody likes their first job."
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    Orientation

    From what I remember, all the social events were co-ordinated by the CLSS. There was a pub/bar night almost every night the first week. There was an ice cream social. There was a booze cruise. No shortage of socials.
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    Anyone had Prof. Black or Huston before?

    I realize I'm a bit late, but I can comment on Huston. I had her for the upper year ADR practicum (bird course that fulfills the advocacy requirement, BTW!). Nice lady, fairly laid back. Tad disorganized, didn't have overly high expectations. Overall she's pretty chill.
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    Gym & tuition?

    Yes, gym membership is included but only during the school year (would have to purchase separately for the summer). The tuition can be found here: https://www.uottawa.ca/university-fees/tuition-fees Looks like $19,354.97, including incidental fees, not including textbooks.
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