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  1. Hey all, I recently participated in the Toronto recruit, and while I made it to the in-firm stage, I was not offered a position. I’m very interested in working at a full-service, Bay Street firm. Their practice areas align with my interests, I’m a Toronto native and plan to practice there, and their salaries are obviously very generous. I know that I would learn a lot at this type of firm and gain valuable experience, while also participating in interesting work. Since I was unable to secure a summer position for next year, how could I go about getting onto the Bay Street scene? I know that there is the articling recruit, but a lot of those firms do not participate in it because their summer students fill their articling needs. Is it game over for me? It seems like if you don’t get in as a summer student, you don’t really have a chance later down the road. Any advice, insight or experience would be helpful! Thank you
  2. Not sure if this has been addressed already. Just wondering if firms call/email to notify candidates that they will not be hiring them after the in-firm process? Or do unsuccessful students just get no call on call day?
  3. Has anyone heard from Cassels Brock or Littler?
  4. I'm not sure if this has been addressed elsewhere. If so, my apologies. I'm a little confused about how the booths work on OCI day. I have OCIs this week at uOttawa, and I understand that each firm will be inside of a cubicle-like room that has walls made of curtains. My question is this: do I just walk into the curtained room when its my interview time? Do I wait outside the curtain for someone to come and get me? Will there be someone outside the curtained room for me to check in with? I don't want to get off on the wrong foot and walk into the room when I'm not supposed to. At the same time, I don't want to walk in late because I'm unsure of the logistics. For reference, OCIs are taking place inside a ballroom at an event/conference centre (in case that makes a difference)
  5. Having just completed 1L, I can tell you about my own experience. I wouldn't say that the administration is a "shit show", nor would I say that it is that bad actually. I think that people on this forum have been a little dramatic (in my opinion) and have possibly shared their own isolated and personal experiences, rather than the general and overall student body's experience. I have not had any negative experiences with the administration here. Anytime I have needed anything I have received prompt and helpful guidance. If you think that the administration is going to screw you over or impact you in some negative way, I would say that you do not have anything to worry about. My only complaint, and this is not a huge issue (for me at least) is that the administration is not the greatest at communicating certain information. For example, deadlines to apply for internships, etc. For that sort of stuff, you have to be on top of things yourself, and in my opinion, I think that is the sort of thing you should be proactive about rather than waiting around for the school to let you know of those sorts of things anyways. However, there have also been many times where the administration has sent numerous emails and notices about certain deadlines, applications, events, etc. that its almost impossible for you to not be aware of these sorts of things, unless you blatantly ignore your emails (in which case that is on you).
  6. Hey @maximumbob: I see what you're saying, so let me explain. I could very well be wrong, but let me take the opportunity to share what I'm talking about. First off, cases/case law. I do not enjoy readings cases, and to be honest, I have a very difficult time understanding them and their main points. My professors have explained that as a lawyer, you will need to read and refer to past cases when it comes to solving a problem in practice. This is something that does not appeal to me. Public law, constitutional law, and criminal law .... these are areas that I have no interest in. Yet, they seem to be fundamental courses to understanding the law and to its practice. The amount of reading involved. I am told by my professors that we will do doing a lot of reading (as well as case briefing) in practice. I can handle a moderate level of reading so as to complete a task, but an excessive amount is beyond what I think I can handle. I am also a very slow reader/thinker/writer, and so I imagine that will be a huge impediment. Time commitment. My professors have explicated that the field is one in which a significant amount of time needs to be dedicated. I have been told that this applies to studying law and to its practice afterwards. I need balance in my life, and I am afraid that I cannot commit myself to the amount of time that this profession will ultimately demand of me.
  7. Hey all, I am currently having a bit of a crisis. I just started law school, and I’m feeling like this field is not for me. I had expectations of what law school would be like, what we would be learning, and what the lawyer’s practice would be like — and unfortunately for me, it is NOT what I thought it would be. Its not that I think that I'm incapable of doing the work involved, or that I think that it is too hard — but its a matter of me feeling like I am not interested in the law in the way that it is practiced. I do realize that its only been two weeks, but this is how I currently feel. Its been a big wake-up call for me, to say the least. On the one hand, I don't want to give up: I’ve invested a lot of time and money into being here. I also do not want to walk away from it and regret it later. I don't want to be hasty with my decision. Also, I have NO idea what I would do instead of law — everything that I have done in school and life up until now has been toward this aim. On the other hand, I don't want to continue to invest in something that I won't want to practice when I'm done the program. Law school is going to cost me about $40,000/year, and I don't want to lose that kind of money (I’m depleting my savings and taking out loans to pay for school). I have until the end of this month to receive my tuition in full back, and I believe that I can recover some of my living expenses back. Does anyone have any thought, insight, or advice for me? Thanks
  8. Does anyone have any experience living in Gatineau or Aylmer and commuting to uOttawa via public transit? The rent in Gatineau is soooo much cheaper from what I've seen and I'm wondering how feasible this is to do without a car. Is it easy to travel to Ottawa? Does it take long? Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!
  9. Anyone still in queue? Or is queue over now that it's July
  10. Can anyone comment on this? I have also not heard back from my scholarship/bursary applications. When will we know if we've been awarded anything?
  11. So are saying that there may be even more spots open than I thought?! *prays to a higher power*
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