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  1. OSAP hasn’t changed for full time students attending accredited universities. Any suggestion that it has is simply incorrect. If I had to guess what’s going on, you either: (i) filled out your application wrong, which is rather funny because your first reaction was to come complain on the internet; or (ii) you assumed that OSAP would cover all of your expenses, and you’re now shocked that the Ontario government isn’t all that interested in paying $40,000/year for you to get a law degree.
  2. I’m a bit confused by your situation. Are you happy there or not? You agreed with Diplock when he suggested you aren’t, but now you’re telling me you like the firm and the firm likes you. If you’re not happy, the obvious solution is to leave. Any new job is going to have some degree of uncertainty, and in my mind trying to time your departure to make sure the economy is okay when you next search for a job is like trying to time the stock market – you might get lucky, but you’re not going to do so reliably. If you are happy but still want to move in house, asking for a secondment strikes me as the best option. Worst case, your firm or the company say no. Then you’re in the place you’re in now. Best case, you get the secondment and you the company wants to keep you in a year. Middling case, you get the secondment, return to your firm in a year, and you simply look for an in house job at that time. Even if you view it as a step backwards, which I think is an odd way to view that situation, it’s a paid step backwards while you look for your next gig. There’s only three times asking for a secondment doesn’t seem like the right choice here: (i) if you think it would lead to the offer being withdrawn; (ii) if you’d rather be unemployed in a year than return to the firm (in which case, you should obviously take the job); or (iii) you’d rather stay at the firm (in which case, obviously turn down the job).
  3. It sounds like OP may very well be in the position of having to look for a job in whatever kind of economy exists a year from now anyways, considering they don’t like their firm and their firm doesn’t like them enough to let them return. If I were OP, I would at least explore the possibility of this being set up as a secondment. That would give OP the chance to return to their firm if nothing materializes in a years time, and a chance to exit if room opens up at the insurance company. The worst that can happen is they say no, and OP is in the play they are already.
  4. No matter what you think about Queen’s campus, which I agree is nice, there’s no way that’s worth paying $30,000 extra over the cost of going to Osgoode.
  5. Sort of. The Ontario government under Ford changed OSAP to charge interest during the grace period, which was supposed to match the long-standing federal policy. But the federal government subsequently changed the policy to not charge interest. The net effect is beneficial for OSAP recipients, since the federal portion of student loans is larger than the provincial portion.
  6. The bolded is incorrect. The six month grace period is a grace period for payments, not for interest. Interest starts accruing as soon as you graduate or otherwise leave your studies.
  7. You’ll be fine for every school except U of T. If your grades stay up for your final year, you’ll likely be competitive for U of T.
  8. I doubt there’s a meaningful difference for Calgary jobs between Sask and Windsor, assuming you can afford flights out to Calgary. Unless you want to work in Ontario or Saskatchewan, I’d probably just go wherever is cheapest
  9. But it would be a really good tv show. Why do we waste time with small claims nonsense on those weird court tv shows? I want the Maury x Judge Judy collab.
  10. These are all Ontario schools? If that’s the case, you’re basically asking about what would happen if you email the school and say “Look, I know I agreed to play by these rules, and I know you agreed to play by these rules, and I know every other law school and applicant in Ontario agreed to play by these rules, but could you make an exception for me?” And, not to be harsh, but these are schools that have already decided, by putting you on their wait list, that you’re their last resort. Why do you think they’re going to break the rules for someone they don’t even want in their class? So no, none of the schools are going to make an exception for you. And while nothing bad is likely to come from asking, there is the chance that the administration at one of the schools shares your attempt to circumvent the rules with the school you’ve provisionally accepted. And though at the end of the day it’s unlikely to matter, I know that, at Osgoode at least, the people who handle admissions also have a good bit of internal responsibility when it comes to clinics, deferrals, and all other kinds of administrative issues. They’re nice people to have in your corner. I wouldn’t want to piss them off before I even get to law school. At the end of the day, you agreed to these rules when you decided to apply to Ontario law schools. They weren’t a secret. It’s probably best to live by your past commitment.
  11. You know, normally I think reaching out to a school during the application process is a bad idea, but in this case it may be worthwhile. If I were you, I would consider sending a brief, polite email to UOttawa stating that you’ve been accepted by another school and you have to get back to them by July 1st. Say that you are waiting to hear from UOttawa, and you would accept an offer from them if they’re able to offer you a position by July 1st. I did something similar with UBC back when I was applying, and they responded to let me know that an offer would be coming in the next few days. As long as you’re polite and don’t expect anything back – including a response – I don’t think there’s any harm.
  12. Bird in hand > two in the bush. I actually might disagree with others here regarding Windsor dual. What’s the opportunity cost of waiting a year with uncertain prospects? If you can earn a good chunk of change over the next year, rewrite the LSAT, and reapply next year, it might be worth it to delay a year. But if you can’t – say you’re looking at working a minimum wage job for the year and you think your odds of boosting your LSAT are long – maybe it’s worth it to accept the dual, pay the premium, and get to practicing a year earlier. Although with the CDN so low, you are looking at a substantial premium on tuition
  13. The Star is paywalling their COVID coverage again? That’s unfortunate
  14. Take a breath. Go look at your offer. Was there language in the offer that said your offer was conditional upon you graduating? If yes, contact the school you’re going to (Western?) and calmly explain that you expect to graduate and have completed all of your degree requirements, but that the transcript you sent to OLSAS may not reflect that. Ask if they would like you to send them a copy of your degree confederal notification (don’t offer to send another transcript – if they need it, they’ll ask, and if they don’t, you’ll save money). If no, relax. You’re fine. I literally did not send my final transcript to Osgoode at all. Others in my class never even actually graduated. On top of all that, remember this. If they actually need it, they’ll ask for it. Most schools won’t even let an offer expire without hearing back from you (read: the deadlines for acceptance are usually fake), let alone revoke an offer you’ve paid your deposit for because you don’t get a transcript that says your degree has been conferred.
  15. I’m curious what you two think @phenomanimal said that’s detrimental? I re-read their posts, and I think they’re generally respectful to his employer and simply reflect a student trying to figure out something he’s never faced before. Certainly, if I was an employer, I wouldn’t take issue with anything @phenomanimal has said. I might be annoyed by some of the other responses, but even that seems a bit of a stretch. (The above is probably best left as either a rhetorical question or as an open question to respond to via PM, since flagging whatever was troublesome would rather defeat the purpose) Regardless, since OP seems like a nice guy trying to figure stuff out, I have no objection to his posts being edited. However, I think this thread, particularly post-2015, has a significant amount of useful information, so I also don’t think it should be locked, wiped clear, or de-indexed. The high search result reflects the fact that there’s really not much good information on this topic out there, and in the absence of better sources, I think this one should be preserved (and disagree with @Diplock that it shouldn’t be high on the google hit list).
  16. Yeah, I would classify “delayed a year” as screwing up 😛 Maybe you could give OP some insight into how you approached the 2L recruit in Toronto/Vancouver? Do McGill students finishing in 3.5 years apply during third year? Then complete the articling recruit during 3.5 if they don’t land a 2L gig? I presume articling start dates usually aren’t moved? The second paragraph presumably wouldn’t apply to this program.
  17. It may be nice for you to send an email to admin letting them know that new admits don’t know this information. It’s probably just slipped their mind, since most of the class is filled by now, but it would give them the chance to circulate the information to your peers who don’t know this yet
  18. Nobody has said anything even close to either of these sentiments. Some psychologists would suggest that the fact that you’ve drawn these implications out of thin air implies that you actually think they’re true. Fortunately, I’m not a psychologist. I’m just a dude who doesn’t believe either of those things.
  19. Look, if anybody wants a really good example of how strawmanned this thread has become, go back and read my “dregs” comment. I said: “everything you’ve written on this site rather suggests that you’re interested in pursuing a higher level of criminal law practice than like, exclusively defending simple assaults flowing from drunken Saturday nights for the rest of your life (or whatever the dregs of criminal law are, if that’s not it).” I don’t know how we get from “criminal law, like all areas*, has dregs”, to whatever the hell Trew is going on about. But it clearly wasn’t through anything I said. *If you don’t think that I think all areas of law have dregs, please note that I explicitly said “the dregs of every practice area” elsewhere.
  20. Well, on the bright side we’ve now shifted from the incorrect statement that “Blocked thinks criminal law is lower level than Bay Street” to the correct statement that “Blocked thinks the OBC is a lower level clinic than Parkdale” Having accomplished that side mission, I’ll call it a W and head to bed
  21. You’re confusing issues. My post was in response to the suggestion that it’s wrong for me to offer unfiltered opinions on Osgoode’s clinics, which I definitely have a lot of direct knowledge about. Frankly, I likely more know about Osgoode’s clinics than anybody who has commented in this thread, with the sole exception, possibly, of @Deadpool. And Deadpool didn’t object to my opinions – in fact, he asked for my opinions on additional clinics.
  22. If you’ve never heard a single upper year student say that a clinic is a “waste of time”, then you haven’t made the right friends. Which is rather the point of my post.
  23. You know, it’s totally fine to disagree with me or question my motives. I don’t really care. I’ll sleep just fine tonight knowing that @wtamow thinks I’m insecure because of career choices they impute to me. But the suggestion that it’s somehow wrong for me to give unfiltered opinions on topics I definitely and demonstrably know about is counter productive enough to merit a call out. One of the great benefits of this site is that it allows for unfiltered opinions that students otherwise wouldn’t have access to, unless they befriended the right people. Students, current and future, could and likely will benefit from the things I’ve said about the Osgoode clinics in this thread. So frankly, I don’t give a damn if you think it’s wrong for me to call the IPC bush league, or to say that the OBC is an absolute waste of time, or to say that CLASP is likely losing its family law division. If you disagree with those opinions, I encourage you to say so. If you think I’m talking out of my ass, say so and ask me what my opinions are based on. I’m more than happy to have people disagree with me or ask what I’m basing my opinion off of. There’s ample evidence of that. But the idea that I should censor my opinions about those things just so that people’s feelings aren’t hurt? Fuck that. Students deserve better than that.
  24. To remit CPP and EI you have to register for a payroll program account with the CRA. It’s not actually complicated. It would add some marginal work in that the employer has to set up and learn how to remit those payments to the CRA, whereas they presumably already know how to use input tax credits. Without passing judgment, the ethical questions with regards to articling students are, in my mind, two fold. First, is it ethical for the employer to pass on the burden of sorting out how to remit CPP and EI to the articling student? Second, is it ethical to decide, unilaterally, that your articling student won’t be able to claim EI upon completing their articling term if you’re not able to hire them back? I would suggest that the second consideration is much more important. The funny thing is that the employer is opening themselves up to a whole lot of liability by doing this. The articling student could not remit CPP or EI for the duration of their articles, then submit a request for CPP/EI ruling on the CRA website. Due to the nature of the relationship, the principal would almost certainly be found to be an employer, and thus would owe the CRA the full CPP and EI amount, even if they couldn’t recover the employee’s portion. On top of that, the employer would face penalties of up to 10% of the CPP/EI amount plus 10% of the income tax the employer failed to deduct. Assuming the employee makes $60,000 (and thus is subject to maximum CPP and EI withholdings), the employer is looking at being liable for ~$7,756 in penalties and unpaid amounts. More generally, and outside of the articling student context, the reason businesses tend to prefer to hire independent contractors, rather than employees, is because employees are generally owed benefits – such as vacation pay and notice upon termination – that independent contractors are not. In my opinion, as someone who has operated a small business and done accounting work for another, incorrectly classifying your employees as independent contractors is a bit of a penny wise, pound foolish approach to operating. If you think you can defend your approach to the CRA, the benefits may be worth it, which is why you see the litigation stemming from Uber and the likes. But if your employees are definitely employees and you just want to offload the responsibilities onto them, it’s probably worth it just to call them employees. (Emphasis added for reasons that are obvious if anyone has read another hotly contested thread today. I’m not commenting on the specifics of legal practice, but rather drawing on my experience running small businesses)
  25. Yeah, look, this is a YMMV situation. I’m not sure there’s a single class in law school where I attended every class, although I attended class regularly in 1L. I don’t sit in the front of classrooms. I participate with some regularity, but generally only to get past those insufferable “does anybody know the answer to x? Anybody? Anybody at all” moments. I don’t think I’ve ever emailed a professor for any reason except to explain an absence from a seminar or to request a reference. In short, our experience couldn’t be more different. The only real similarity is receiving good marks. Despite that, I had no problem scrounging up strong reference letters from three professors during my time in law school, and nobody gave me weird looks. As with all relationships, relationships with professors will develop in different ways for different people.
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