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  1. 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!
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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/
  5. 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.
  6. Hi everyone, I’ve recently become interested in applying to clerk at the SCC, but I don’t know if I would be a truly competitive applicant. Here’s the story: I’m going into 3L at an Ontario law school. I’ve got an A- CGPA, with Deans’ List honours for both years (which places me in the top 5-10% of my class). I’ve also won a number of course prizes, but I am not a medallist. Ive been working with the federal government for over five years now, including on a part-time basis throughout law school. This summer, I’m working at a national corporate/commercial firm. In terms of research experience, I conducted a directed research project with a professor in the fall of 2L, and wrote a few research papers for courses. Outside of that, not much academic research experience. Professionally, I have done a lot of research and analysis with the government, and I have been doing extensive legal research at my firm this summer. Finally, I will be clerking at the Federal Court in 2020-2021, so that would precede a potential clerkship at the SCC. While I’m certainly not disappointed with my experience and performance up to now, I don’t know if I would be a competitive applicant for the SCC. Mainly, I don’t have an A or A+ average, or extensive academic research. Is that fatal to my potential candidacy? I appreciate any and all thoughts!
  7. Regarding the FCC, I’ve heard that the process is almost over. Offers still going out.
  8. I’ve heard a lot of firms say that they’re looking for strong candidates who have a demonstrated interested in the firm. In other words, they want candidates who explicitly show that the firm is their number one choice. Sometimes it’s just a matter of not being quite as clear on that as someone else. In a competitive market like Ottawa where you’ve got 18-20 in-firm candidates for 2-5 positions, something as silly as explicitly saying the firm is your top choice is enough. It’s also sometimes a matter of finding a fit with the interviewers. I think it’s much more of a “fit” evaluation during the in-firm than about the qualifications. Every student there is qualified and brings in different kinds and levels of experience. The firms are looking at whether they can see themselves working with the students. Something as little as how you introduce yourself can throw an interviewer off. Needless to say that unless your interview skills are truly sub-par, it was likely something silly that made the difference between you and someone else. I second the comment about checking in with the career development office for feedback and tips. As for what happens next, keep working hard at school and outside of school and prove them why you’re worth hiring. Your opportunity is coming.
  9. Selon ce que j’ai pu constater, la cour fédérale et la cour fédérale d’appels ont commencé à inviter des candidats. J’ai entendu parler des juges Diner, Crampton et je crois Boswell. Semblerait qu’il est toujours tôt dans la processus. Pour ce qui est de la CFA, j’ai vu les noms Gauthier et Stratas. Pour les deux autres cours, j’ai su que des invitations ont été envoyées, mais je n’ai pas plus de détails.
  10. Thanks! I didn’t expect such a detailed answer. I didn’t get any materials to read for the interview, but I did read up on cases the judge has decided and further into their area of speciality. That’s on top of research on the court and jurisdiction, etc. Fingers crossed!
  11. Got a call from the FC yesterday. Any tips for the interview?
  12. Thanks! Such an inefficient way of selling the books...if only my profs had written that in the syllabus instead of “the campus bookstore”.
  13. Where is the law bookstore? I can’t seem to find it online.
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