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  1. Mind if I ask who the interview was with?
  2. Correct - the process is longer (because there are more judges) and is not dependent on FCA hiring. It can easily go into April and beyond, depending on the year.
  3. Does anyone think there is a benefit of submitting two writing samples as opposed to one? And if submitting two, should the individual page count be lower (e.g., 5ish pages per sample if submitting two, vs 10 pages if submitting one)?
  4. Never hurts to ask. I imagine there wouldn’t be an issue rescheduling (unless the interviewer has limited availability).
  5. Thinking back to my own experience, I'd say at least half (maybe two thirds) of them asked why I wanted to work there specifically. But that's a good point - the questions you ask can demonstrate interest and knowledge of that firm if they're specific enough. For example, if you know that firm A has a unique practice area or that their summer rotation differs from other firms, you can ask about that.
  6. When I applied I accepted about 10 OCI interview requests. Fortunately they were split up over two days, so it made things easier. I also had clerkship interviews during that period, so it was a busy time. I think that the more interviews you accept (say, beyond a handful), the harder it becomes to distinguish why you want to work at a particular firm and harder to remember things about each firm. That can make you look bad in an interview. So I think it's a personal thing - some may be able to do more, and others, less. Introverted or not, I think that in the moment, you don't think about it too much. Think of each interview like an elevator pitch to people you may never see again. If you mess up chances are they won't even remember by the end of the day. My advice would be to prepare ahead of time. Learn about each firm, and try to think of reasons why each of them attracts you. It's also a good idea to think of possible questions ahead of time, and try to prepare answers so that you're in better control come interview time. Practising your answers out loud helps, too. And at the end of the day, OCIs aren't the be-all-end-all. Lots of great students aren't successful. They end up finding work anyway. Take each interview as an opportunity to see if you "fit in" with the interviews - would you want to work with them? That's likely what they're looking at, too. Oh, and know your application materials from front to back - you will likely get questions about all sorts of things on there. Sometimes they ask you very specific questions to try and throw you off. As with any question, take a pause before answering to collect your thoughts, and then give a concise answer without rambling. 30 seconds max. Maybe that's just my style. Have fun, and good luck!
  7. They review applications at the same time. But regardless of interviews, offers wouldn't come out until the SCC sends out its offers (as is the case with most (if not all) appellate courts). FCA and FC processes are similar, but the FC process likely lasts longer because there are more positions to fill. Appointments are made in order of seniority.
  8. You can usually get less with loans than with a LOC. Assuming the Loans come from the Gov (whether provincial or federal, or both), repayment usually starts sooner with loans (ex: 6 months after graduation) than with a LOC (sometimes 1 year+ after graduation). Interest rates are typically higher with provincial loans, but that can vary. Assuming interest applies in your case, interest on loans only starts to accrue when repayment commences, whereas interest accrues on a LOC as soon as you use funds. I also think interest paid on student loans can be deducted for income tax purposes, but interest on an LOC may not. I would get some actual tax advice on that one. Best to speak with a financial adviser or someone with actual professional knowledge of the situation to find out what works best for you. But as masterofnut said, a lot of people do a combination of loans and LOC (that's what I did!).
  9. Exactly. In my experience, all courses you've successfully registered for will appear under the respective semester, but grades won't go up until grades are approved and posted.
  10. Absolutely, 100% necessary. You'll thank yourself in upper years (ex: think major paper).
  11. Oh I’m not familiar with Harvard Ready. If you’ve heard goos things, then it might be a good program! I think I did Oxford seminars or something like that. The only way to know if it’s worth it is to do it!
  12. I got into Queen's and Western with a 3.39 CGPA (even with a downward trend!, probably closer to 3.0 in the last year) and a 161/165 in 2017. Didn't apply to uOttawa so I can't speak for them. Like everyone else says, focus on the LSAT. And remember that you could always retake the LSAT later on (I think universities generally accept the February sitting results). If you can crack 160, you have a decent shot. Also, I don't know if you've thought about it, but you could consider looking at LSAT tutors as opposed to prep courses. Tutors would likely focus their lessons on your areas needing improvement. Since LSAT questions often come in a few "categories", a tutor might help you identify ones with which you have more difficulty, which ultimately might help you get a few more questions right per section (which can drastically improve your score). Might be more pricey, though. That said, I paid a ton for an LSAT prep course years ago, and I didin't find it particularly helpful. Everyone is different!
  13. I agree with the post above mine. No point in worrying about the format/content of assignments and exams at this point, because it won't really help you at all. At most, it will add unnecessary stress to the 1L experience. Focus on getting settled in, making friends, doing the readings and you will be fine. For now, you should try to enjoy what may be one of your last "free" summers before you embark on the law school "train". Thinking about assignment type and format may only be helpful beyond 1L, because you can often select courses for 2L and 3L with your preferred exam/assignment formats (keeping in mind certain requirements for obtaining your degree (ex: major paper requirement, oral advocacy, etc.). But again, that's just a maybe.
  14. So I counted as well, and got 137 cum laude, 19 magna cum laude and 7 summa cum laude out of about 356 graduates of the common law program (which I think listed some national program graduates). By those numbers, cum laude is top 46%, magna was top 7% and summa was too 2%. Quite a contrast...by that makes sense when you consider cum laude is 7-7.9, but magna and summa are only 0.5 apart.
  15. Seeing as this year's convocation ceremonies are all available online, I might just count how many come up for the class...I suppose that's one way of doing it.
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