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  1. The short answer, at least for me, was not to worry about it. You won’t know how many OCIs you’ll have until your faculty tells you. Nothing you can do from now until then. When you get your OCI list, what you see is what you get. Make the most of however many OCIs you have. I don’t think there’s a huge difference in chances of success having 2-3 OCIs vs having 10+. Everything happens so quickly once OCIs come around that you don’t want to be worrying about things that are out of your control. When you get your OCI list, remember that they selected you for a reason. Do your best to put your best foot forward and let the universe do its thing. Finally, I think it’s worth noting that OCIs are probably one of a multitude of ways you can end up where you want to be. Don’t lose sight of your career goals on the basis of a recruitment process in 2L. Aim high and keep on truckin’.
  2. I don’t think that’s accurate, because it’s equating an 89 to a B+, which is not the case for most Canadian schools. I think you’d need to figure out what your school considers each percentage grade to be in letter form (ex: at UOttawa, a 70-74% is a B, or 6/10 = 3.0 on LSAC scale). You’d need to convert every single grade you have, multiply each grade by the number of credits for that course, and then divide the whole thing by the total number of credits. I would suspect an 89% average to be in the A- to A range for most schools, so I’d more accurately guess your LSAC gpa to fall in the 3.7-3.8 range. Buts that’s just a guess.
  3. Going to law school isn’t like trying out a new menu item because your friends told you it’s worth it. It’s expensive, it’s time-consuming and it can be quite intense both socially and intellectually. If you aren’t particularly interested in law, I wouldn’t make the jump just because others have brought it up. Too big an investment for that. i would go for what makes you happy - if that’s the PhD, then do it. Maybe it develops an interest in law later on. Maybe it interests you in something new. But by the sounds of it, you may end up working in or studying in the hypothetical PhD field anyway, so why not explore that now? That being said, studying law is an awesome experience and it’s incredibly rewarding. A lot of people who study law don’t end up practising, but choose one of the many other doors law school opens up. On a final note: if you’re truly not interested in practising law, you could always look at doing an LL.M in a particular field of interest (in law) at some point in the future. You don’t need an LL.B or JD for an LL.M, though that could always be helpful. Also, the LL.M is cheaper!
  4. No typo - that’s about accurate. I don’t remember the exact number, but I had a downward trend in the tail end of undergrad. I did have some family emergencies, but not enough to account for the trend.
  5. I was accepted to Queen’s and Western relatively early in the process with a 3.39 CGPA (L2 was closer to 3.0) and 161, 165 LSAT scores. Granted, I took a leap year before applying to get some work experience. I think you have a chance. All comes down to the application materials.
  6. I got the larger Spectre model (15 or 16 inches I think?) and I love it. Super versatile, relatively light for its size, slim, and a very sturdy build. I haven’t used the fold-table feature very much (where you fold the screen back nearly 360 degrees), but that could also be useful if you’re into that. Was a bit pricey though... I think 15 inch screens are in the perfect range of screen vs portability. I don’t think the OS makes a difference - use whatever you prefer.
  7. I think it depends by school. At UOttawa and Queen’s, I think the faculty sets a date for the OCI schedule release, so you may not hear anything until then (usually in early October). Some firms may send an advanced email a week or so before that date. So I suppose you’ll know in early October. Also, most firms don’t send an email, so don’t be sad if you’d don’t get any. I only had one email before the release date, but had something like 11 OCIs scheduled.
  8. Some profs post them online before classes start; some email them before classes start; and some hand them out on day one. As for the books, it’s similar - some profs list the required texts, some will tell you not to buy them and some will give out additional ones. It’s a tough call, but I used to wait until the first course before buying the books.
  9. I'm under the impression it's a 7.5 cut-off - no relation to class standing. Dean's List honours are awarded by semester, so in theory you would see a "Dean's Honour List" notation on your unofficial or official transcript under each semester. The notation shows up on the left-hand side (for winter 2019, it will be near the line that reads "good academic standing as of XX date". Law6543 is right that the notation won't appear on the "My Grades" page, and it won't show on the "My course history" page either. only on the transcript in the Student Center.
  10. Hi There, I was in your shoes last year. I transferred to uOttawa for 2L and I have not regretted it one bit. Granted, I did my undergrad there, so I was already familiar with the school and the city. 1) there certainly are a lot of students, but I don't see that as an impediment. As long as your make an effort to socialize and be friendly with people, I'm sure you'll make friends. As for the cliques, sure, they might exist. But they did at my other law school too. I think it's the product of law school having so many people that are used to academic success crammed into one building, fighting to beat the B curve. I would bet money on the idea that most if not all schools have some sort of cliques or competition to them. Don't let that bother you - just do you. The fact that you were accepted for a transfer means you did relatively well in 1L, so keep up what you're doing and you'll be fine. 2) There is definitely a good number of courses in the business law stream. I myself came from a business background, and have taken a few courses in that area. I know many people that successfully placed in Toronto and Ottawa from the OCI process. I did the Ottawa recruit for national firms and did just fine. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "active group", but there is certainly a good push for the corporate law stream. I don't have any experience with clinics. 3) uOttawa Law gets a bad rap for some reason. I have no clue why. Frankly, I think every law school in Canada is good, because there are so few in the country. The fact that uOttawa only admits 10% or so of its applicants should speak to the exclusivity of the faculty (much like other faculties). In other words, not everyone gets in, and not everyone does well. Plus, the faculty has produced a lot of great legal minds - look at our Chief Justice of Canada. I did have my own negative opinions about the university during my undergrad, but I haven't let that cynicism taint my view of the faculty. Remember that you are one of a limited number of people that gets to study law. What you put it will determine what you'll get out of it. figure out what you want out of your law school experience, and focus on that. don't focus too much on the noise. Modifying the saying a little bit, "you know what they call someone who graduates from uOttawa Law? A future lawyer". That's it. Feel free to PM me or respond here if you'd like to chat more about your potential transfer.
  11. Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with the internal application process for clerkships at the ONCA and the SCC. From what I understand, applications go to the Dean and Vice-Dean, and a few candidates are selected for interviews with the Dean. If successful, selected applicants are "recommended" by the Dean to the courts. Has anyone gone through this process? If so, what was it like? Any Tips? What exactly is the Dean's recommendation? Can you still apply with the recommendation? Thanks!
  12. Is there any way to know what percentage of students make the Dean’s list or get above the 7.5 threshold? I asked if they had a ranking and it looks like they don’t anymore (for the English JD anyway). I fell like giving out Dean’s list honours to anyone with a 7.5 kinda dilutes it’s value...unless a 7.5 truly is competitive (around top 10%. any insight?
  13. I used a memo from 2L for the Ottawa Recruit. You can for sure use the memo you spoke about, keeping in mind that you’ve got at least a few months to work on it and make it great. Find out why it wasn’t that good and turn it into a carefully crafted sample of your legal writing. Also, I don’t think firms are expecting anyone to be great legal writers after 1L. I think they’re probably looking at the practicality of the writing sample to see if the candidate can communicate effectively in writing. I think if you take the time to rework that memo, firms will notice.
  14. I saw this article a Little while back about the possible changes...but nothing yet. https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/legalfeeds/author/mallory-hendry/changes-coming-to-scc-law-clerks-program-7398/
  15. Thank you all for your replies. I haven't been able to get in touch with my Career Development Office, and I wouldn't be able to meet with them until sometime next month. I suppose I've jumped the gun a little. I'll meet with them and see if they have any recommendations or suggestions.
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