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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. You and I have vastly different definitions of "cool landmarks" 😛
  2. There are several people in the top of my class who don't attend class. Might be an off year, though.
  3. Davies definitely hired an Osgoode student in the 2L recruit – I know her. They also apparently hired 6 1Ls from Oz, per their website.
  4. I personally dislike U of T's new building. It's a bit depressing.
  5. That is both hilarious and sad.
  6. If that mortgage calculator taught me anything, it's that I need to marry my partner.
  7. Really? You don't think the public has a different perception of crown prosecutors and defence counsel?
  8. Why? I think that's pretty common from a public perception point of view. Crown prosecutors are generally given more esteem than criminal defence counsel. Corporate litigators are generally given more esteem than plaintiff-side class action litigators. Management-side lawyers are generally given more esteem than employee-side. I think those all fall apart once you get into the actual field (I don't think, for instance, crowns think they're better than defence counsel), but from a public perception point of view?
  9. I read setto's comment as saying "when someone says PI work, I assume they mean plaintiff-side personal injury work, not insurance-side defence work. I know that insurance-side defence work is actually just PI work from the other side of the table, but the words "PI" really make me think of plaintiff-side PI work" I definitely don't think there was a value judgment about whether or not plaintiff-side PI is "law." I jumped on your prompt because your above post came across pretty aggressively and I thought you might like the chance to moderate your comment after a second reading of what setto actually wrote.
  10. No Bay Street firm is going to turn you down because you mooted twice but didn't progress. That's true for other areas – criminal, family, tax – but it's not true at full service firms. Pick a few that you're interested in, have an explanation as to why you're interested, and then say you're open to anything. Big firms don't need you to show you're deeply passionate about securities law in order to get hired. Again, this mainly applies outside the context of the 2L recruit, where the firms by-and-large just assume you're interested in corporate law of some type. The exception is if your resume is so heavily tilted towards doing something else with your life that you make them wonder how sincere your interest is.
  11. Yes. It's difficult to break into big law from essentially every school – even U of T only has ~60% of their class place in big law. Your chances go down from there, and I imagine that TRU's placement stats in big law are quite low (<20%, almost certainly).
  12. Don't be silly – Osgoode students prefer to whine about their own lack of success and begrudge the successes of their peers. It's so much easier than trying to be better.
  13. If you don't care about living in Toronto during your degree, I would pick Queens over Osgoode. The marginal advantage of Osgoode over Queens, whatever it is and wherever it appears, is negligible for the average student.
  14. The answer to this question should be pretty easily available by searching this site or NALP, but anyways, associate salary would be: Same as Bay Same as Bay What’s midsized and what work? A 30 person shop doing Bay Street work on Adelaide and University? Same as Bay. A 10 lawyer business law practice in Mississauga? Significantly less. Same as Bay Rarely salaried, to my understanding. Compensation will depend. Crown counsel salaries are publicly available. They’re lower than Bay St salaries.
  15. I must be going to the wrong page, because their “meet the Toronto students” page only has their 2L and returning 1L hires on it. students.dentons.com/opportunities-around-the-globe/canada/toronto/meet-the-toronto-students/
  16. Congrats to everyone who received clerkships at the big appellate courts Best of luck to those of you still waiting for trial courts and the FCA!
  17. Belated congratulations to all those who received positions this year: it's a huge accomplishment, and one you should be proud of
  18. I can think of plenty: wearing hats to moots or presentations, wearing sandals to a moot, wearing sandals to business casual events, wearing boat shoes to a business formal event, just generally dressing out of order for the level of formality a certain event called for. The other one that gets me is poor personal hygiene on the regular – I've seen many people wear stained and dirty suits and shirts to events. I'm generally forgiving if it's once or twice (we all have bad days), but if someone is regularly incapable of dressing themselves in a professional manner, I'm much, much less likely to vouch for them if asked. I don't think it's at all superficial to decline to vouch for someone that has shown themselves to be unable to dress appropriately. As I said, I'm talking about beyond just wearing casual clothes. I'm not going to put my reputation on the line with a firm I work for, a clinic I'm in, or a (hypothetical) clerkship, if I'm not confident that the person in question won't embarrass me. One way they could embarrass me is by dressing inappropriately. Obviously other things go into a recommendation (although studying hard certainly isn't one – I quite frankly don't give a damn how hard anyone works in law school, god knows I don't), but one important factor, for me at least, is how they present themselves. See above.
  19. In a profession where reputation and presentation are important, I think students likely should care what other people think. I can think of people in my year that I have a lower opinion of because they dress and present themselves poorly (beyond just wearing sweat pants, obviously). If I were asked to provide my opinion of them for an OCI, clinic interview, or clerkship interview, I would likely not recommend them.
  20. Certainly in the sense that if you get a 1L OCI job, you're essentially guaranteed a 2L summer job.
  21. The majority of Osgoode students, including the majority of first-year students, don't live in Passy or near Osgoode. You'll be fine.
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