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  1. Not sure for articling, but for government/small non profit stuff, I have received calls during summer recruits up to 90 minutes after call day opened.
  2. Anyone hear from the Crown Attorney offices?
  3. Ministry of Indigenous Affairs called without ITC
  4. This is helpful, but I can't imagine that many people who struck out through OCIs would be competitive clerkship applicants, at least at the appellate level, which is where the prestige is (at least as far as I understand).
  5. Hey, I was sort of a similar boat to you. I noticed you didn't include UofT on your list, but since you included Osgoode, I am assuming you would be fine with coming to Toronto. Your stats also make you somewhat competitive to UofT. Regardless, my advice might apply more broadly, I am just most familiar with UofT's offerings. No one has mentioned the possibility of doing both in a combined program. UofT offers a joint 4-year JD/MPP program (so you finish 1 year faster than doing them separately - the UofT MPP is 2 years on its own). Other schools may offer something similar. At UofT, you are allowed to apply for both together from the start, or enter in the JD stream and apply to add the MPP before the end of first year. So, you could see what law school is like during 1L, and then make a decision (you also buy yourself a bit of time this way). Other schools might have something similar. From speaking with the MPP students at UofT, many end up with the OPS, many with the Feds, and the rest with a jumble of private stuff. Alternatively, you can just do the JD but make yourself more competitive for policy stuff later. For example, take more policy oriented courses, take non-departmental courses at the MPP faculty and have them apply to your JD (UofT allows you to do this for one course per year, I am assuming other programs have something similar), and work in your summer/articling at Ministries that include policy/legislative development work (e.g. the legal services branches of Correctional Services and Community Safety, Health etc.) One thing to consider is this: doing the JD allows you to do law OR policy stuff (albeit more difficult to get into the policy stuff than if you had a MPP, but if you follow the stuff above, you can still be competitive) while the MPP only allows you to do policy stuff. So, if you have a real interest in law, but aren't sure as to exactly where you want to end up, I think the moves that hedge your interests best are doing a JD with a policy focus or a JD/MPP.
  6. They do weigh GPA more heavily now, but do keep in mind that to some extent they interpret GPA by school/major combination. I am not sure as to the degree of difference it makes, and your OLSAS is so high I am sure you will be fine either way, but if their statistics indicate that candidates with Y GPA from X school/major end up performing Z during first year, and candidates with Y GPA from A school/major end up performing B during first year, and B is significantly higher than Z, then the GPAs from X will be interpreted down (or the GPAs from A will be interpreted up, either way it comes to the same point).
  7. Damn it. Thank you for the heads up. At least I can go in with my eyes open. That seems pretty bizarre though - after an hour and a half of formal questioning already, do they really need another half hour of formal questioning to gain an informed view about a candidates substantive/behavioural abilities? And it isn't like it was the same interviewers for the OCIs and in-firms - so there have been a minimum of four different people who can comment on the substantive/formal side of things. I would imagine at this point they would want to see if candidates are people they would want to work with, or maybe even ask them about their experiences/resume/classes. I guess that is what the reception is for? Oh well, good luck for everyone interviewing tomorrow!
  8. Not that I have been lucky enough to receive any second interviews yet, but in case I do: does anyone know if the nature of second in-firm government interviews (e.g. DOJ/PPSC) is different than their first in-firm interviews (and OCIs for that matter)? The OCIs were substantive and the first in-firms were as well. I am pretty exhausted and have no idea what left to study/prepare - my hope is that the second day of in-firms will be less formal and more social. Also: what really is the function of the second interviews? Do places cut a significant amount of candidates after the second interview? E.g. 4:1 candidate to hire ratio going into the first in-firm, 2:1 going into the second interview, then final decisions?
  9. This only holds if the practice is actually effective. I am not making a claim either way, but if more people are like FineCanadianFXs than someone who would be receptive to aggressive cold calling, then the aggressive salesmen would end up with the skinny kids. Personally, I am with FineCanadianFXs - I would be put off by a literal cold call without any frame of reference or context as a means of introduction. It seems overly invasive and inconsiderate - maybe even arrogant - to think that you are worth someone's time just because you have their contact information.
  10. From the public side of things, I have received two calls within the last 15 minutes or so. I am near the bottom of their lists (only late interview slots available), but some calls are still going out. Edit: That said, can anyone confirm that LAO calls have gone out?
  11. I had an OCI with them (UofT) and haven't heard back either way. They were also the only public OCI who didn't respond to my thank you note. Take that for what you will.
  12. Civil or crim? Crim has been heard from, not sure about civil.
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