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Everything posted by BlockedQuebecois

  1. [Emphasis in original] It's also worth noting that, for a lot of people, even that serious dedication (or more) won't pay off with a score that high.
  2. I have access to Osgoode's. According to internal statistics, ~8% of the class interviews at the Toronto OCI for NY and ~2-3% are hired back for articling. The missing data would be what percent of the class wants to interview (Osgoode suggests you only do it if you're in the top 10%) and how many are hired for 2L summer (since I only have articling data).
  3. Is this your LSAC GPA? If not, you need to go calculate it (here). With a 3.2 you may see your GPA drop well into the 2.Xs depending on the distribution. If your transcript includes percentages be sure to use those instead of letter grades.
  4. You won't have to close any non-credit accounts with your existing bank if you go with Scotiabank. You may have to close credit accounts or provide evidence that it's a secured loan if it is.
  5. You know, I've somehow managed to click onto that page a dozen times without ever seeing the sidebar. Interesting fact. Osgoode says they received one fewer applications that OUAC says they received (2577 vs 2578). Imagine some poor sap with a great GPA and LSAT that had his application dropped under a filing cabinet or something.
  6. To add to Ryn's advice (which I agree with), the criminal law intensive is supposedly very competitive. My understanding is that you need solid grades to even get an interview, barring truly interesting life experience. However, you can get experience in criminal law many other ways, including working with the innocence project (run by the same professor) or doing research for a criminal law professor here at Osgoode. Plus a lot of the non-crim intensives, such as CLASP and Parkdale, would give you relevant skills (read: working with people from lower socioeconomic classes and mental health problems in a client facing role).
  7. We’re in agreement, you just explained the point a bit better I think students with children will find it harder to integrate with the social groups that are involved in weekly pub nights (although possibly not, depending on how supportive a partner you have and how old the children are). Part of that is logistics (pub nights often run till 4 am) and part of that is self-selection (many parents would prefer to spend time with their family). They also might struggle to join the social groups that involve a fair bit of travelling, such as the law games crew, or a fair bit of extra time at school, such as the Moot Court (musical theatre/variety show) crew at Osgoode. None of that is to say it would be impossible, just that it’s a barrier to step over
  8. FineCanadian's advice is spot on, in my experience. If you're chill, don't bring up the fact that you're older at every moment, and like beer, we can be friends. The idea that law schools is full of 22-year-olds is a myth anyway. The average at Osgoode seems likely to be around 25, and there are people of essentially all ages. The exception to this is if you have kids. Those students have parental responsibilities, and, unfortunately, those responsibilities tend to prevent them from engaging in a lot of social events at the school. It's not like they get shunned because of it, but it does mean its harder for them to integrate into certain social groups.
  9. I thought providing advice to OP was considered helpful You can take issue with the tone of my last post, but I'm still providing OP with information and advice so that he doesn't make a decision based on the faulty information provided here.
  10. Backtracking. Good call As I said OP, if you did well in second degree you could get in.
  11. I'm not out to get you at all, I don't know why you would think that. As I said, it's wrong. Here's a list of schools that don't say they only look at the first degree, at least based on their admissions criteria page: Queens, U of T, Western, Windsor. Those are just the four I checked. I'm sure many others don't.
  12. Why wouldn't they help? If you took a 3 year degree it would completely cover your previous degree for many schools (all L2 and all B3 schools).
  13. Your first calculation is correct.
  14. The internet probably isn't a good place to go for blindly optimistic advice that ignores the realities of adulthood.
  15. 1) You'll get your timetables and room locations sometime in July. Syllabi will come out closer to the class start date, probably no more than a week in advance and likely only a day or two prior. Your book list will be printed and displayed in the Osgoode MDC (materials distribution centre), which is on the bottom floor of Osgoode. You don't need to do anything in order to be registered for first-year courses, except your perspective option. Registration for the perspective options will come out in November. 2) You don't need to worry about this at all in first year, since everyone has the same schedule (except the perspective, which is basically just an elective). Once you're all registered and everything you'll have access to "MyJD" in MyOsgoode, which will list requirements and how far along you are for each. Law school course requirements aren't nearly as structured as undergraduate degrees though, so once you're in upper years you've got a lot of free reign. 3) Consult your letter from Osgoode regarding Osgoode Chambers for an official answer, but in my year the answer was yes, so long as you applied by some random time.
  16. 1) Last year it was a fairly typical cocktail and dinner event. There was probably about an hour of pre-meal cocktails and chatting with faculty from the law school (Dean Sossin and Assistant Dean Rimon were both there). You kind of get funnelled towards the two fairly early and they'll give you a little pitch, ask about you, and probably ask about where else you're considering (you can be honest in response to that question, they understand its a process, and you hold all the power since you've been admitted). As you're arriving there will be more practicing lawyers arriving and you'll start chatting with them. There was no seating plan last year, so you just sat with whoever you were with when they announced it was dinner time. Then there are about two hours of dinner in which you're talking with your table. The formal part closes with a distinguished alum and Sossin making a speech, then dessert and coffee/tea. At that point, it got more casual and people started moving around again. I don't think you need to prepare much. I read the globe and mail for a few weeks before just to be on top of things, but the Vancouver practice areas are so broad — media, entertainment, maritime — that it wasn't all that helpful. I have the same advice for this and all other networking events: get the lawyer talking about themselves, chime in with relevant, interesting stories or observations when appropriate, and avoid the forbidden topics of politics, religion, and money.* 2) All the applications for clinics available to 1Ls are done at the beginning of September. There will be a large clinic fair during your second week at which each of the big extracurriculars will have a table and make their pitches. The OBC application is quite simple for junior caseworkers — you'll need a resume, a cover letter, and you'll need to fill out a one-page form. Senior caseworker applications, as well as applications for all of the upper year clinics, are due in January (January 24th, in this case). Before the deadline you'll have two opportunities to explore the clinical offerings at a career fair event, one in November and another in January. *Donald Trump has degraded the general consensus around not talking about politics, so it may come up. Feel free to talk about it if is brought up by someone else (unless you're a communist or a libertarian), but I wouldn't bring it up.
  17. If anything, isn't suits really about the merits of being smart and not going to law school?
  18. 1) A lot of people I know didn’t get the type of room they wanted. There’s no set deadline, but since they’re given our first come, first served I’d expect it to be best to apply ASAP. This is particularly true if you want a 1Bdr, which are very limited and seem to be taken by a lot of upper years. I’m pretty sure @ZineZ lived in chambers last year, so maybe they have a better answer? 2) Is there no option on your form to indicate you’ll send it later? There was in mine. If there isn’t I would shoot them an email about it, just to be on the safe side.
  19. For what it’s worth, @theycancallyouhoju, I’ve never thought you’re gifted. I assumed you were IBM’s Watson, let loose on this forum.
  20. Osgoode will definitely be better at getting you a job in Vancouver as a lawyer than not going to any law school, so if that's the choice that's worth considering. In 2016 Osgoode sent 4 students to BC for articles, 3 of which were in Vancouver. They didn't get any clerkships in BC.
  21. What's the condition on your scholarship? Top 20%?
  22. With the subway it's really not unreasonable to live in midtown or even downtown (though I'd probably want to be on the western side of line 1 to avoid the loop). It takes about 40 minutes to go from York to King, and you could cut that significantly if you were in midtown.
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