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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. Jesus, UOttawa has a dumb grading scale. What kind of school has A- but no B- and a D+ but no C-? Weird.
  2. I'm not familiar with the 2L recruit in Calgary or the logistics of the 2L recruit for Toronto in Alberta. Your grades alone would get you a few, but not a ton, of Toronto OCIs from an Ontario school.
  3. Yeah, that's essentially a 3-5 month furlough, depending on how late into January they start. Brutal
  4. Sure, nobody knows what's going to happen. We could also have a new, ART-resistant HIV jump from apes to humans tomorrow, with an R0 value of 100, and we could all be dead by the end of the year. At the end of the day, people have to continue living their lives, even with this kind of thing hanging over their heads. It may take a long time for us to go back to "normal", but the idea that we'll be in cycling lockdowns indefinitely is likely incorrect. At a certain point, government's would start issuing N-95 masks and goggles to everyone, and we'd all just start going about our lives looking marginally more silly than people did in the 90s with those big ugly ties. It seems like you, and a lot of others in this thread, spend a lot of time reading and thinking about what the future will hold due to COVID, and although I don't know any of the participants here personally, it seems like it's causing a lot of stress. That's fair – a lot of people are rightfully stressed out about the current situation. With that said, my general advice relating to a lot of concerns being raised in this thread (and not specifically by @BeltOfScotch) is this: I think a lot of people would be wise to step back from coronavirus coverage in the media. First off, the quality of journalistic reporting on COVID-19 is *very* low, because broadly speaking it's not being reported on by science journalists who are used to reviewing scientific papers and reporting on scientific issues, but by... well... essentially every journalist in the world. That leads to comments like Dr. Ryan's being reported as "this is never ending", and leads to unnecessary stress. Secondly, there's a lot of research out there showing that we consume way too much news pre-COVID-19, and that that over consumption causes negative affects on us in a million different ways – it makes us less happy and more anxious, causes us to make unwise financial decisions, and often affects our ability to form our own opinions. Third and finally, there is essentially no benefit to monitoring the news in relation to COVID-19. With one notable exception (the wearing of masks), the actionable information relating to COVID-19 for the public has been exceptionally static since community spread began – stay home, wash your hands, stay six feet away from each other. Nothing the media reports on for a good while is likely to be actionable information for individuals. And let's be realistic, if actionable information is discovered and reported, COVID-19 is cured, or we conclusively discover that we're all going to die from COVID-19 in a year, that news will get through to you even if you block every news-media website on the internet. Things are very likely to move forward, stop, and reverse as we move through the coming months and/or years. Nobody is going to know whether or not schools next year are open, shut, open up then shut down, or start online then move in person until, in all likelihood, the end of next year. The best thing any of us can do right now is sit back and try to go with the flow, accepting things as they come and dealing with issues as they arise, instead of worrying for months in advance. And to me, the best way to do that is to step back from the constant COVID-19 noise and focus on what is controllable in our own lives.
  5. [Emphasis added] With all due respect to Dr. Ryan, he was reckless in making such a statement, precisely because it leads to this kind of inaccurate rhetoric and the broader inaccurate reporting in the media we saw today. COVID-19 has an R0 value of somewhere between 3.8 and 9.0, based on the most recent research. Without a vaccine and with such a high basic reproduction number, we'll eventually work through the population and establish herd immunity. That option sucks, because it would involve massive loss of life, but it will happen eventually if we never develop a vaccine. His comparison to HIV becoming endemic in society was off for a whole host of reasons, not least of which is the fact that HIV, by its very nature, doesn't allow for herd immunity to be established (without the use of ARTs). There is a exceptionally slim possibility that COVID-19 immunity is short lasting – but we don't have any evidence to support that hypothesis and there's essentially no diseases that trigger an active immune response without a corresponding memory system in healthy individuals. This is probably what Dr. Ryan was thinking about when he warned that COVID-19 might "never go away", and shows why a perfectly reasonable statement made amongst medical colleagues (who understand this important context) can be reckless when shared more broadly.
  6. What school, and in which city are you working this summer?
  7. LLMs in Canada really aren't that restrictive. U of T considers only your final year of study (and requires a B+ average in that year), Osgoode states that a B average is competitive, Queens requires a B+ average, Ottawa requires only a B average, etc. It's certainly a relevant consideration, but in my personal opinion the increased chance at doing an LLM is not worth the risk of negative employment effects.
  8. https://lso.ca/lawyers/enhancing-competence/continuing-professional-development-requirement See "Who has to..." Not legal advice, contact the LSO if you have further questions, etc.
  9. Employers are going to know that those grades were below the lowest grade you show – so a B at best, a C- (or I guess a D), at worst. Personally, I would include the grades. Realistically, they're going to assume they're C-range anyways. Showing a C+ tells the employer that you weren't a C- or C student, which is a reasonable inference they could draw. Plus, I think employers will favour students who show their grades over those who don't. Faced with a transcript of straight B+s and two C+s or a transcript of straight B+s with two satisfactory grades, I would take the one with the guts to show their grades.
  10. Some schools will, but most still have a maximum bursary amount. If your bursary plus other financial sources aren't sufficient to cover your tuition expenses, you'll be forced to drop out. That happened to at least one student in my year.
  11. Don’t explain it in your cover letter – that’s a waste of space and will only draw attention to the negative aspect of your application. Recruiters will assume, reasonably, that the pass/fail courses are Cs or Bs. However, your other grades are strong and would net you a fair number of OCIs in a regular year. Assuming you do well in first semester of 2L, you’ll be fine. More importantly, there’s no point in worrying about how recruiters will look at your transcript now that you’ve made the decision and it is, presumably, locked in. Focus on perfecting the rest of your application when that time goes, and let go of the past decisions.
  12. You've got essentially a straight B+ average, so you'll get a healthy number of OCIs but you're unlikely to get a full slate. General wisdom is that firms during the OCI process don't really care about what courses you got your grades in, more just the raw number. Firms will have different evaluative processes though – I know one firm that uses sessional GPA as their cutoff, and another that says something along the line of "2+ As and no Cs". With the OCI process likely shifting to the winter semester, I would expect law firms to focus on your first-semester 2L grades significantly more than 1L grades. First off, they're more recent data points. Second, law firms will be evaluating transcripts with a variety of pass/fail options in first year. Judging based on 2L first semester grades levels the playing field
  13. This is certainly incorrect information. My credit score hovers in the low-to-mid 800s, and I've never had a house or condo with a mortgage.
  14. @Ryn, out of curiosity and due to the relevance here, did you ever read people's LSAT writing sample?
  15. I think you're giving out waayyyyyyyy too many A grades under this scenario. There's absolutely no reason 30% of the class should be getting an A-level grade. That significantly devalues the value of an A grade, as does giving up to 10% an A+ level grade. Under your scenario, I would almost certainly be a straight A+ student, and that just seems silly. I'm not that smart. The only way I'd be okay with devaluing A grades this much would be if a class rank was included in your transcript.
  16. I'm a graduating Osgoode student, and Shah is the guy I deal with at Scotiabank. I would recommend reaching out to him.
  17. Assuming based on your post history that this is for a position practicing mainly in lower stakes civil litigation? If so, that seems to be a reasonable, if slightly low, offer for a first year call. Part of that also depends on which non-GTA city you're in, of course. I think you're unlikely to find a significantly better offer given the current pandemic, and I would tend to agree with MP that the smart course of action is to accept the position and reevaluate once the market improves.
  18. Has there been any talk either within your office or more broadly amongst criminal practitioners about how an extended shutdown in the 12-18 month range will affect accused's rights under s. 11(b)? Obviously there will be some wiggle room, but I can imagine that individuals set to go to trial who were nearing the presumptive ceiling may have a strong case if suddenly their 17 month delay turns into a 29 or 35 month delay.
  19. 1) How do you know that when only two of the bios state they grew up in Georgetown (and one other states that she grew up in Halton Hills)? 2) I wonder what's in the water in Georgetown that results in pretty women being mediocre law school applicants who go overseas because they can't get into Canadian law schools
  20. I was equally creeped out by the old white dudes hiring attractive young women dynamic of the firm.
  21. Although I'm sure OP has made a decision by now, for future readers I feel like I should mention that Osgoode also has placements at international tribunals like the Hague and ICC. If by "the South" you mean the global south, Osgoode has a good variety of placements as well. If you mean Latin America, however, I think that might be an area of weakness for Osgoode – most of our placements in the global south seem to be in Africa and SE Asia. Of course, most of these placements are poorly paid or unpaid – which makes the difference between Osgoode and McGill's tuition an important factor.
  22. Thanks for the clarification I would have thought Osgoode is pretty close to a curve, since they allow 2/3rds of C range grades to be a C+. My understanding of the curve, given the maximum amount of + grades and no variance from the prescribed values, means in a 100 person class you would end up with: 5 A+ 10 A 20 B+ 40 B 13 C+ 7 C 5 D/F I would think that fairly closely approximates a bell curve? Is this incorrect?
  23. It was a joke. OP (and others) seems to have gotten it, I’m sorry you didn’t.
  24. The information comes from the fact that Queen’s law’s grading scheme allows the mean grade to be a B+, because granting both As and Cs are fully discretionary. At most schools, the curve is enforced with mandatory percentages of each grade level, which prevents a mean grade of B+. To illustrate, a professor at Queens could give the following grade to a class of 100: 20 As 29 B+s 51 Bs This would lead to the median grade being a B, but the average (mean) grade being a B+. In contrast, at Osgoode the highest possible grade distribution is: 5 A+ 15 A 21 B+ 44 B 3 C+ 12 C Thus, at Osgoode, the median grade is still a B, and so is the average (mean).
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